Fukumoto Friday: Week 13

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.

Dinners are served
Dinners are served

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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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

17 Responses to Fukumoto Friday: Week 13

    • Exactly! I sometimes want to bang my head against the wall when I lose sight of this very simple fact. It’s easy to get caught up, especially when we feel like we aren’t living up to our own expectations.

    • Exactly!! If I compared myself to everyone all the time, I’d crawl into a hole in the ground and never get up. I still have to remind myself of this though. It’s a tough mental hurdle to get over.

  1. Progression is INDEED a life skill! I try to remind all of my clients and gym members this all of the time: very FEW people show up on their first day at the gym LOVING exercise. Quite the opposite!

    • I must be the minority…I’ve always loved exercise. I think the fact that I struggle with physical weakness is what makes me love it so much. There’s always a bigger challenge around the corner and the gains I see are a reflection that even though it’s not easy, it is doable.

  2. Meal planning is something I desperately need to work on. Often times I end up eating the same things over and over again because it’s either easy or I just don’t think about it, I should definitely focus on trying to do more planning!

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