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A Simple, Yet Astoundingly Useful Self-Diagnostic Tool

"Energy   /Morale   /Health   /Creativity   /Intelligence   /Focus   ---Confusion   /Anxiety   /Restlessness"

There you go. That's my "Moment-by-Moment Ratings." Whenever I'm feeling off, I run through it. Here's earlier tonight:

--> Current rankings: Energy  6 /Morale  6 /Health  8 /Creativity 4  /Intelligence 5  /Focus 2  ---Confusion 2  /Anxiety 2  /Restlessness 9. Avg: 5.2 positive, 3 negative

It's on a 1 to 10 scale. I copy/paste the blank one, and fill it out. The six "Positive" categories relate to how energetic I feel, how motivated I feel and how I rank my morale and outlook in general, how healthy I feel at that moment, how creative I feel (in an innovating / inventing / "breaking new ground" way), and how smart I feel (more related to number-crunching and raw processing ability... I don't drink any more, but when I did -- three glasses of red wine might have taken my creativity up, and intelligence down).

Catastrophising

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My wife-to-be is wired for disaster. At the first hint of trouble, her mind runs through every possible worst case scenario, and by the way she reacts you’d think all of them had happened at once.

Here’s a typical example. This morning, she woke up feeling exhausted. It was 6.30am and she had an appointment with her trainer - thankfully not me - at 8am. She was all but ready to cancel because she felt she hadn’t had enough sleep. I pointed out that we had gone to bed at 10pm the night before (that rockstar lifestyle), and even with a couple of disturbances that’s still nearly eight hours. Yet, I still had a struggle on my hands convincing her to just show up and see what happens.

Lo and behold, she had a great session, and even remarked that the weights felt light today. Notice the word “feeling” has come up twice now, once in the negative and later in the positive. I could trot out the old “how you feel is a lie” cliche but that’s done to death now. What I wanted to bring to your attention is the catastrophising that happens when things aren’t going as planned.

Let’s compare that example with my current training situation. I injured my right hip last week front squatting. It hurt a fair bit and left me limping, but I shrugged it off as no big deal. A couple of days rest and gentle somatic movement and I’ll be good to go. Sure enough, I was feeling fine on Wednesday, just in time for more squatting. Even more pain, yet I stubbornly finished my sets. More limping, more rest. Okay, no more squatting til I’m healed but still I’m comfortable with the disruption to the program.

Saturday morning and I’m down at the national centre, and my snatch has gone to pieces. The pain in my hip is so bad that I’m unintentionally narrowing my base in the receive position. I’ve seen this before in a fellow weightlifter who had hip troubles; it’s an automatic response guarding the site of pain. By now, many beginner and intermediate lifters would be out of their minds with angst about not being able to train, racked with frustration and feeling helpless.

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