One Athlete's Mind
Well, it's happening. Summer is winding down, and classes will be starting up in a couple weeks. I am SUPER excited to be starting off my third year at Nipissing U, I'll be taking an exercise physiology course this Fall that I've been looking forward to since Day 1 Year 1, so I can't wait! I've heard it'll likely be the the hardest course I've ever taken, but hey, it's not work when it's fun, right?
With the coming of Fall comes the arrival of cross country running season, and this is what I'm REALLY pumped for! 2 months jam packed with racing against the best runners in the province, and because Ontario is the BOMB, they also end up being some of the fastest in the country! So I'm looking forward to setting some new PB's and getting good and humbled along the way haha.
I may have touched on this in my post from last week, but with what I was dealing with this summer with my change of direction and lack of moitvation to get out and do my usual 2-4 hour runs/rollerski workouts everyday, I've been a little worried I wouldn't have the fitness I'd need in order to achieve my goals for the season. But yet again, BEACHBODY for the win!! I had my first legit hardcore interval session in over 6 weeks this morning (ski striding, 3x3min on, 3min off hill repeats at the local downhill ski hill, then repeat!), and really wasn't sure what was in store for me. All I've been doing the past few weeks are my daily, 30 minute workouts, and not only did I feel way better than I expected, I was even moving faster than I ever have before! So bring it running season, let's do this!!
Okay I'm getting too fired up, I should move on. But it's hard though! When I'm working out and living healthy and feeling this awesome, all I want to do is get more people on the positivity train (I'm coining this term, let's make it a thing) and share it with people! It's so easy to fall off this great feeling, and it doesn't even take a significantly negative event for it to happen. Let's take this week for example, I was feeling awesome last Monday, super motivated to workout, eat well, and help other people do the same as best I could, things were going great! But then on Wednesday, all of the sudden I was super down, no motivation to do anything overly productive, and I think all it took was missing a meal. But that led me to make some not so healthy food choices (admittedly a few of them), and I felt TERRIBLE afterwards, almost sick. And it wasn't until my workout the next day that I started feeling a little better again. So I just kept that up until this morning, then had a KILLER workout and I've been back on the train ever since! This is even the second time I'm writing this post because the internet crapped out and I lost it lol, but I'm still fired up about it!!
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:
Doing little things for yourself and your own enjoyment is fun, and definitely necessary sometimes, but there is no better feeling for me than helping someone out who needs it. But the worst part is, most people don't like asking others for help! I've always been this way, and my reason for it was because I didn't want to impose on anybody or make them do anything they didn't want to do. But it wasn't until VERY recently that I realized that asking someone for help isn't always an imposition, and to a lot of people it can make their day! Whether it's the amazing feeling someone like me gets when I help others live healthier lives, or just the opportunity to share their knowledge, people WANT to be involved in other people's lives, so don't be afraid to take advantage of that!
This brings me back to a quote that I like to read every once in a while, so I thought I'd finish this post by sharing it with you guys. So until next time, think like a proton and stay positive!
Marianne Williamson quote:
"...Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do... It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconciously give others permission to do the same. As we are all liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
What do I take from this? The next time I feel stuck and don't know what to do, I am going to ask someone for help. This will be the first step towards allowing my own light to continue to shine, and it will give someone else the opportunity to allow theirs to shine as well.
It's been a long time since this blog of mine has seen any action, but with some renewed (or possibly new entirely?) motivation behind me, I'm back!
Over that past several weeks (months? Maybe months) I've been taking a hard look at where my life is going, and I realized that I didn't have a clear idea of where I even wanted it to be going, let alone it's actual trajectory. So after over 10 years of daily training for cross country skiing, I decided I would take a little break, just to see what would happen. And the result was amazing.
In my step back from my usual endurance training, I realized that fitness and health is more than just a hobby to be, but a passion that I want to pursue for the rest of my life. Over the past decade, that passion was ski racing and I loved it (and still do!). The amazing sport, the breath-taking places that it took me around the world, the fantastic people, all of it. But what I've realized this past month is what was missing from that, and that was my other passion of helping people. From a young age I've always taken an immense amount of pride in helping others in any way I can (some might even say annoyingly so :p). The feeling of enabling someone to do something they either otherwise coudn't do, or just thought they couldn't do, is quite frankly the best feeling in the world to me. So this past month, with the help of an amazing team of coaches, I've found a community that I can be a part of and combine my passion for fitness and health with my passion for helping others!
But before I can help others with any healthy lifestyle and fitness goals of theirs, I needed to address some of my own so that I can be a as inspirational for others as I can, not to mention improving my own health and well-being. So a couple weeks ago I got my hands on a new workout and nutrition plan that would help me get my energy levels up to where I want them to be, keep me as fit and lean as I want to be, and most importantly, TAKE PRIDE IN BEING ME! And I am almost overwhelmed by the difference this had made in my life. I'm back to getting up early, being productive throughout my whole day, and doing these things that I've always liked to do! If I've learned anything from this experience so far, it's that your health is worth investing in. I've seen a lot of quotes over the years saying things like 'You only get one life, so you might as well make the best of it,' but it's taken until now for me to really understand the gravity of that statement. If there is something you want to do, more than what you're doing now, why wait? Just find a path that could lead you there, and starting running! (I mean that figuratively, for the most part :p).
That's about all I've got for now, but I can't wait to see where this journey of mine takes me, and to share it all with those who want to join me!
Healthy body -> Healthy mind -> Happy life!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach