Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Relax and Go With The Flow...

As we spoke about performing last week (and not always having to give your very best performance)...

I thought I would FUrther this thought considering...

It's something I am currently practising, more mindFUlly.

Stopping.
And...
Enjoying the view.

I won't deny...

It's not easy to ease up on performing (when you're used to it) and...

It's not always easy to stop paying attention to how well you're performing based on the many devices and things we use to measure how 'well' we are doing....

Interestingly enough...
I don't use any gadgets to track my weight training.
No heart rate monitor. Nothing.
Just my own natural abilities to lift....
Allowing myself to naturally progress without doing more than I can or else...
I run the risk of hurting myself.
I train hard and I believe in my strength and...
I'm getting stronger because of it.

But...

Going with the flow, and not focusing myself entirely (all the time) on my performance is...

Something that has been allowing me to see how much and how often I push. (And, it's something that is making me realize that I need to be a little more easy on myself.)

A great run with friends.
No performing. Just going.

Without a doubt...

I can't always be pushing myself without eventually pushing myself into a place that doesn't allow me to push any FUrther (because I've exhausted how much I can give) which is why...

I continue to practise what I preach when it comes to the importance of rest, even if we aren't necessarily tired. (I'm good at taking rest days (finally! lol)...although perhaps I'm not the best when it comes to getting outside with my running shoes on my feet and not having the urge to give it my best performance!)

Enjoying some down time :P

And like Lindsay commented on my post last week...

Why not thrive off of our natural abilities and be happy with the fact that we are able to move and do as our bodies will have it?

I mean...

Why is there this pressure that we always have to perform beyond what may feel and be natural to us? (It's FUnny because for me, this applies more to running and cycling...)

Yes...

I do understand that pushing ourselves is important and that...

Giving it our best (no matter what we do) is as well, but...

We have to remember that it's okay to pause, breathe and slow ourselves down because...

It's good for us! (Finding a balance between performing and training for FUn is key in keeping things going! Both physically and mentally!)

It's not a race.

FUrthermore...

We need to stop feeling any sort of guilt or feel that we've become any less committed if aren't going 110% all.the.time because...

Performing isn't everything! (It isn't and, you risk burning yourself out if you're always in the spotlight, never allowing yourself to conserve any of your energy...) 

Learn to give yourself a high five for giving yourself a break...
When you get out there!

With all of that being said (and for the sake of sounding redundant)...

Relax and go with the natural flow a little more often because...

You are sure to enjoy and savour more of what you are doing, in the moment, other than focusing yourself solely on your performance!


Questions FU You...

Do you have days where you just go with the flow with your training? Focusing on everything else but your performance?
Is going with the flow something that comes naturally to you?
Do you feel like you're slacking if you're not giving it your all, all the time?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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15 comments:

  1. ahhhhh I rocked the flow until life conspired to steal the flow a bit from me ;0)
    must
    take
    back.

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  2. I've been learning to add in periods of 'training for fun' where I don't worry about performance and I just do what I feel like doing. It's so beneficial both physically and mentally, and leaves me ready to push again when it's time to.

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  3. going with the flow doesn't come naturally to me either, but i have been doing it with my workouts now for a few months and it feels so much better!

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  4. Love this! As always, you are so good at putting things in a perspective that makes sense. I try to make a few of my runs each week where I just go with the flow, do not look at my garmin AT ALL, do not worry about where I go, or even planning it out, just run as I feel. I enjoy those runs, but need to do them more. I was thinking of you yesterday as I sat out in the sun for about 40 minutes, just be-ing, I usually would have felt lazy and unproductive, but I enjoyed it :)

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  5. I'm going with the flow this summer! That kayaking looks fun, I love it.

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  6. Great point! I'm the opposite right now. I've gotten too good at resting. lol. Time to do a bit more pushing. It's all about a healthy balance I suppose.

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  7. I need to work on going with the flow!

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  8. The mister is so gangsta in his backwards hat... you guys should put out a hip-hop album!

    YES!

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  9. This is speaking right to me... I totally feel like a slacker unless I'm giving 110% at all times.

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  10. yes yes! and it's why i am not using a tracking device of any sort lately. WHy try to one up ourselves if we don't "feel" it. Ya know? go with the flow.. l love it!

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  11. I go through periods of just flowing. Sadly, it usually comes after an injury and I'm forced to flow!

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  12. I love your posts lately Kierston. Totally what I need to hear and read, especially this --> "I can't always be pushing myself without eventually pushing myself into a place that doesn't allow me to push any FUrther (because I've exhausted how much I can give)" Wise words my friend.

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  13. Go with the glow doesn't come naturally to me...yet! It's getting easier.

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