Updating Old Stories & the Morning Workout


I have a confession to make.

When I woke up at about 1:30 this morning, I found myself thinking about how psyched I was to get to my Saturday morning workout, which would be an upper body strength workout  using kettlebells, followed by a couple of rounds from Keith Weber’s Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout DVD by Dragon Door.

When I woke up again at 3:45AM I tried to not think about getting up and working out and how much I love the intensity of the Saturday morning workout.

Finally, at 4 AM, I got up and brought it.

It was non-stop fun and intensity, except for a brief pause when I saw a masked face emerge from the darkness and peer through the sliding glass door. One of the neighborhood raccoons who usually stops by in the evening saw the light on and figured he might be able to get another handful of dog food from Dave’s Diner.  He did.

I wanted to share this because  when you know the back story, it illustrates how we should never buy into the story we tell ourselves about ourselves—if that story includes limitations and absolutes.

Here’s what I mean.

For decades I told myself and anyone else I discussed working out with, that when it came to working out I was not a “morning person.” The few times I had tried, I just felt weak and nauseous.

When I would drive by the health club I used to work out at and see cars in the parking lot at 6 AM, I would shake my head with incomprehension.

I would alternate between thinking “What kind of nut case would work out at that time of day?” and marveling at their self-discipline.

Then, about three years ago, when I was fed up with my sudden slide into middle-aged doughiness and took up P90X, I decided to work out first thing in the morning. To be honest, I can’t remember why I decided to do that versus my old habit of working out in the  late afternoon. I don’t know if I had read about the metabolic boost working out in the morning gave or what, but  what I DO know was that I was disgusted with how I had let myself get soft and was highly motivated to change things.

After I started seeing and feeling results, I found myself eagerly thinking about the following morning’s routine as I went to bed or if I woke up in the middle of the night.

Now, mixing P90X and kettlebells, I often find it impossible to restrain myself from getting up far earlier than I typically do, because I’m so pumped about how fun it is to do those workouts.

OK, enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

Is there something you’ve been convincing yourself for years—some kind of limiting statement—that just might not be true any longer, but you’re continuing to tell yourself it’s true?

So for instance, are you telling yourself any of these things:


  1. I’m just not into working out.
  2. I could never work out at home…I’m not disciplined enough to do that.
  3. I’m not disciplined about anything.
  4. I’m too shy to talk with people about my business.
  5. I’m no good at writing.
  6. I’m no good at selling.

You get the picture.

Identify what self-limiting  stories you’re telling yourself and see if maybe you:

  1. Have evidence that that story is no longer accurate.
  2. Are willing to try something new to prove that that story is outdated.

So there you have it. What “Story Update” would make a difference in YOUR life?

What is YOUR version of a former morning slug who now slings kettlebells around at 5 AM and totally digs doing it?

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