3.29.2012

Push Yourself to The Limit


I completed this crazy hard treadmill workout at the gym the other day (and have since been addicted to Julie at PBFingers's treadmill workouts). I was huffin', puffin' and literally grabbing onto the treadmill for dear life as I thought I was going to pass out from being so tired.

But I kept going. And I was glad I did.

I may not have made it to the end of the 30 minutes but I made it pretty damn close... and finally decided I couldn't take any more after 27 minutes. I also didn't follow the speeds down to the last detail, but I tried as best as I could. I couldn't get to speed 10.0 but I went to 8.5 and I felt like I was going to fly off. I modified each one to the point where I was still pushing my limits to the max, and I went faster when I thought it wasn't possible. At 24 minutes I wanted to stop since I thought I couldn't take it anymore, but I hopped off for a few seconds to wipe my sweat off and I got right back on to do another 3 more minutes.

As I was breathing hard and dripping in sweat, I noticed that I was the only one hauling butt! I was on a treadmill at the back so all the other cardio machines such as the other treadmills, ellipticals, stairmasters, stationary bikes were all in front of me in full visibility. The place was packed as it always is during lunch time, yet I couldn't find one person that was breathing as hard as me or looked like they were killing themselves.

Why wasn't anyone else pushing themselves to the limit?

This made me realize that this question applies to everything else, especially personal finance. This motivated me to promise myself that I would push myself to MY limit for my finances. People get comfortable in their ways whether it's their workout or their spending/saving habits. I've gotten comfortable in my saving habits, and I want to push myself harder. After I reached my savings goals of the down payment fund, travel fund, gift fund and emergency fund, I've been very loose with myself. I want to get out of my comfort zone and feel the burn with my savings habits...I want to feel like I'm pushing myself to my limit and use this motivation to save more aggressively.

What will you do to push yourself to your limit and get out of your comfort zone? 

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