Members of my family seem to have a trait: we go at things 100%. This serves us well, when we work hard, but has lead to hangovers in the past, when we’ve partied hard 🙂
Some of us label this the “on” switch. Sometimes it gets stuck in the “on” position, and that’s not always good, because a person can’t sustain 100% effort indefinitely.
Australia’s new season of The Biggest Loser has started. (Yes, yes, I know it’s garbage – “fat porn” and dubious practices – but it’s still one of my favourite forms of electronic valium). On Monday night, there was a contestant who was having trouble with his training: he’d go hard for a while, then collapse. His trainer suggested that he was repeating a pattern, pushing himself at 100% then falling down.
“Hey,” I thought, “that’s me!” I’ve been having a problem during my personal training sessions of going hard, then not being able to breathe and having an anxiety or panic attack. So I took the lesson from TBL to heart yesterday. It was a good day to be trying something which involved self-care, kindness, and self-compassion: the gym was over forty degrees inside (104 Fahrenheit). Every now and then I’d dial my effort back to 90%, 85% or even 75%, and I made it through the session without ‘wigging out’ once.
I told my trainer about it afterwards, and he said he hadn’t noticed any difference in my training, apart from the fact that I hadn’t had to stop due to anxiety. He said he always knows that I try hard (“yay”, I thought) but that it was wise to ease back a bit sometimes.
Do you have an “on” switch? Does it adversely affect your life at all? How do you cope with it?