Let me start by saying, meal prep challenges rock. Even though it’s common place around here, I love seeing what everyone else doing this challenge at the gym is coming up with. And I love that I’ve added a few new recipes to my rotation as well. I know for some, the thought of meal prep can be daunting and seem like a whole lot of work. In all honestly, it IS a lot of work, especially at the beginning. Don’t give up and keep with it. As time goes on, it gets easier and becomes part of your weekly routine.
Another way to look at it is to think about when you first started something new: be it running, going to the gym, a new exercise etc. It was hard in the beginning but as you got used to it, it became routine and before long, you weren’t really thinking about it. See where I’m going with this???
Case in point: When I started at Fukumoto just over 3 months ago, I had done variations of the exercises we do but I’d never done them with sandbags, TRX, never swung a kettle bell or used battle ropes. The first couple of phases were great and fun but also a bit overwhelming for my poor brain. Trying to remember proper form and movement at first was most definitely not easy, especially in learning that I’d been doing some things incorrectly for a very long time (oops). My brain needed some retraining as well as teaching. But now that I’ve been at it a few months, movement is becoming easier and doesn’t require as much thought. This means I can increase the difficulty and place my focus elsewhere. I’m sure those around me appreciate that my brain isn’t smoking out the room every week too. It’s exciting!! 3 months ago, I could not do a single unassisted pushup. Not even close. Now, I’m sooooooo close to doing a single unassisted one. Then two. Then three…
So what is the point of this ramble? Simply this: everyone starts in a different place. Progression is a life skill and not just limited to pistol squats and pushups. Maybe your learning phase is cutting veggies for snacking and boiling eggs. That’s amazing! Just because the person next to you is prepping a buffet doesn’t make what you’re doing any less awesome. Let that be encouragement for you. Keep at it and who knows, maybe one day soon, you’ll be encouraging someone beside you in a similar way, be it with meal prep, pushups, dealing with your kids etc. We all start somewhere and we are all here to help and encourage each other.
Now go forth and reek of awesomeness!
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