Review Category : Psychology

Willpower Wonders III: Flex That Muscle

There’s something I’ve struggled with over the past two months out here in the Boston area, and I’m only just now beginning to figure out an effective solution. Here’s the thing: I work at work, then I come home and I try to work. So I work before I work, but then my later work doesn’t really happen. What I ended up doing recently is moving my later work to my before work so that work actually gets done, and then I can go into work and work all day and be fine.

Are you following me? No? Okay, let me try again.

My full-time internship as a strength coach at Cressey Performance sucks the energy out of me. Depending on whether or not I’m training myself that day, I’m constantly on my feet on the training room floor between 7 to 9 hours a day. Add to that the mental exhaustion of making an effort to be friendly to everyone while simultaneously keeping an eye on all the clients that come through to make sure they’re not butchering their form – and I’m pooped. Most nights, I’ve come home and all I’ve want to do is hide in my room for the rest of the evening. As a natural introvert, being constantly surrounded by people all day as part of my job is really a challenge, and it takes a serious toll on me. But I have to keep in mind that I’m not only a strength coach – I’ve also got my Sohee Lee Fitness responsibilities. That includes writing, answering emails, taking care of online clients, and staying on top of social media (my Twitter handle is strong). Every night that I’ve pushed back an article deadline for myself, however, I’ve been racked with guilt. I’ve felt that I haven’t been living up to my expectations and that I’ve simply been lazy. I’ve that I’ve been losing steam in the motivation department and my want has been slowly fading away.

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Willpower Wonders II: Control That Stress

This past three-day weekend, I got zero work done. I’m sure I’m not alone in this no-productivity boat when I say this, but the temptation to relax and just have some fun was too great. I had unread e-mails sitting in my inbox, projects that were being neglected, papers unwritten, and phone calls unreturned – but I just couldn’t bring myself to care. Bahh, I’ll do it all on Tuesday, I told myself. And before I could dwell on my decision for too long and let the guilt sink in, I scuttled off to social event after social event, double-fisting beers and chowing down on burnt Bratwursts. Oh yeah, and last night? I had animal crackers for dinner. With a side of half of a chocolate bar.

This is the definition of relaxing.

Some of you fitness zealots may be sitting there at your computers with your mouths agape, sheer horror written all over your faces. I might as well have committed murder what with all my blasphemous behavior, no? How irresponsible of me to allow myself to be lazy, imbibe liberally, and consume a meal with no protein. (What about all my gainz, you guyz?!) Yes, I can understand the sentiment; I would have thought the same thing just a few years ago. The control freak in me would have never allowed myself to indulge in any sort of capacity.

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Sh!t I Learned From Going Through Tough Times

Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. In fact, you were warned time and time again that it was going to be hard. And there would be times when you’d want to give up and stop trying so damn hard. That you’d be betrayed, lied to, rejected, cheated on, and stabbed in the heart. That even your most trusted allies would turn around and abandon you without so much as a second glance back.

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been eerily quiet for the better part of the month, and I apologize for that. Times have been hard as of late, and I’ve been unable to produce quality writing. But I believe I’ve found my groove again and I’m more than excited to be back. I learned a few things over the past couple of months that I wish to share with you today.

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The (Dieting) Hunger Games

Tick tock, tick tock. It’s been mere minutes since your last meal, yet your stomach is growling.

You’re dieting. What did you expect? That it would be all sunshine and rainbows, that you’d glance at a glazed donut and not feel a flicker of desire, that you’d be bursting with energy at all hours of the day? Well then I have news for you: dieting ain’t easy.

The steps required are straightforward enough. You eat less, move some, and catch your zzz’s. But the simplicity of it all fools you. How many of you have triumphantly embarked on a dieting journey, fully confident that you’d slash away at your back rolls and chomp down on your broccoli, boldly rejecting temptation at every turn, day after day? Your enthusiasm amuses me. And interestingly enough, your overconfidence will likely backfire.

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Willpower Wonders: Pick Your Challenge

You want more of it. You envy those who appear to possess more than you do. You hope that if you stare at inspirational photos long enough, that of others will seep through your skin and embody you whole.

Willpower.

You curse yourself as you fall for temptation, as you’re lured away from work by procrastination, as you’re once more a victim of your addictions.

This is the last time, you say. I’ll try harder tomorrow, you promise to yourself. Again.

But it just doesn’t work that way.

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Fit Habits: Calm Thy Flustered Self

I want to kick off today’s post by introducing the Fit Habit series. There’s that word again: habit. For years, I’ve carried around more bad habits with me than I care to recall without making any kind of active effort to rid myself of them. But now I realize that they’ve been taking over my life and effectively eliminating any chance I have of achieving my goals I’ve set, both in and out of the gym. Below are just a few:

  • Multitasking (I’ve gotten much better at this as of late but still have plenty of room for improvement)
  • Being impatient
  • Letting myself become attached to certain people and things
  • Automatically correcting people’s spelling and grammar

If you want to live a fit and healthy life, it’s not enough to simply exercise often and eat right. You’re so diligent about getting in your workouts and tossing back your fish oil, but then one particularly stressful day, you find yourself wrist-deep in a box of donuts. You look solemnly at your powder-covered face in the mirror (yeah, you do look ridiculous like that) and vow to yourself that tomorrow you’ll be better. Tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of your life and you’ll never, ever have a slip up like that again. Ever. Until you do. Then you look solemnly at your chocolate-stained face in the mirror….

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Surround Yourself with Awesome

…awesome what? Just. Just Awesome. Surround yourself with Awesome.

This was something that had never really crossed my mind until a couple of months ago. When you stop to think about it for a minute, it seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? If you want to achieve at a high level, surround yourself only with awesome people and awesome things. Then, and only then, will you start to flourish and begin to realize your full potential.

And yet.

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