Last month, I proudly announced to everyone in the gym that I, “said good-riddance” to the right-arm, left-arm muscle-up routine that I have been infamously rockin’ since 2008.
Well, it came back…I had three solid weeks of great muscle-ups, where both arms transitioned into the the dip simultaneously, thus speeding up the movement and taking a lot of strain off of my left shoulder.
Wednesday, it came back. I was discouraged. I felt defeated. I thought to myself, “I guess I didn’t fix it after all. I’m back to square one”.
But am I?
Think about it: When you cheat on your diet, does it mean that you’ll never get back on track? Does it erase all of the clean eating you’ve done in the past? Of course not. It’s merely a setback; and a setback is just that: a few steps back to where you were, but not all the way to the starting line.
For some reason, we can forgive ourselves easily in dietary setbacks (I read about them on your Facebook walls every Monday morning), but not when we have a bad workout or miss a lift; especially if it is a workout in which we presume that we should have done well.
It doesn’t mean that you’ll never do well again. It just means that you had a bad day.
It’s a setback. Take a step back, ascertain the situation to see what you need to do in order to get back on the path to success.
Onward and upward…to the rings…