Knowing Your Limitations

0be6efeKnowing our limitations in all things we do in life is always smart. No one would apply for a job as a medical doctor when they have no experience in medicine at all. That would be ridiculous. However many people interpret the phrase, “Know your limitations” to mean that there are area’s of life that they will never enter into. This is so wrong as anyone who has the abilities to learn and practice something can reach a level they truly want to reach.

The term should actually be, “Know your limitations on each step of the journey and work to overcome each one”. I remember starting off with just a 80 pound bench press about two years ago and today I am pushing up 300 lbs. I had to work hard and be consistent while raising the weight slightly month after month to reach the level I am at right now. Each step along the way I knew my limitations and had to shoot for small gains each time.

As I will be entering into a new challenging career next Monday I always have to keep this in mind as I will be learning small lessons along the way. While I am studying and learning a great deal it will be the experience and life lessons that will allow me to reach a point where I will be comfortable in knowing my job. I remember in my last career where we had new employees just starting out and many believed that they knew everything and ended up doing the wrong thing. No one man can know everything. The key is knowing where to find the answer and remembering it when found. I know this will happen to me and as time goes by I will become more and more knowledgable about dealing with certain situations.

successman2It is always about the journey. It is the journey that gives us the experience and expertise that fills us with lasting memories and makes us what we become. And knowing your limitations but working to overcome them along the way is the key to reaching the destination you are moving towards.

I am feeling totally beat up this morning, yet still I am giving my chest routine everything I have. I have to keep working through these workouts to eventually I enter the zone. Once all of my muscles learn the balance of work schedule each day I go into a workout they will be expecting it and anticipating the challenges. I have been in the zone before and it always feels fantastic where if I miss a workout my body knows it.

The problem with getting into that zone is that it can only be done for so long before the muscles create memory and I get less results from my workouts. I will know this when it happens and move my routine to more of a cardio phase where I spend more time on the treadmill while doing lighter weights and just one set on the bowflex for maintenance.

My body weight and blood sugar levels have been staying pretty much level and I do anticipate both changing in just a few more weeks. As the days go by my appetite is changing to where with the added protein I feel less hungry during the day. Although I am not practicing a very low carb diet I feel like my body is still utilizing fat as fuel. I feel as if I am creating a balance.

Blood Sugar- 118, Weight- 182.4

Bowflex- CHEST
Bench Press- 300- 18, 18, 21
Incline Press- 300- 15, 15, 14
Decline Press- 300- 19, 14, 12
Flys- 85/85- 12, 11, 10

5:45 AM- Protein Shake (32g), Creatine (5g)
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
9:30 AM- Protein Bar (30g)
12:30 PM- Tuna Casserole
6:30 PM- Beef Stew

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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5 Responses to Knowing Your Limitations

  1. I find new protocols easier to adapt to when I have a positive attitude and allow myself the freedom to not know everything there is to know about this new “whatever”. Sounds like you are in a good place as you move into the next phase of your work life. I know you will do well at this new job. Excited for you!!!

  2. New Journey says:

    good post Billy….all exceptional points …makes me think about the challenges or the ones I want to do for myself in the gym…and at home in the kitchen…thanks….kat

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