I let my ego get the best of me. All this time telling others not to worry about the person next to them during class, you’d think I’d take my own advice. Ha! I was working out at my boot camp and the task was to lunge up the stairs, skipping as many steps as you were comfortable with. The activity was demonstrated by a woman much taller and stronger than I, and silly old me figured I could skip just as many steps as she did. What would a couple inches difference in leg length really do? What happens when you stop listening to your body and start listening to your pride? You get injured. Which is exactly what happened to me. Thankfully, by the time I got to the next station, I was over being an idiot, and had enough sense about me to stop and release my hamstring that was in a state of crisis. With no YTU Therapy Balls handy, my water bottle did just fine. J  

Lesson learned! Its not like our minds will make a big deal about when we start to get cocky, “ALL RIGHT ALEX, THIS IS IT. YOU WILL THROW ALL COMMON SENSE OUT THE WINDOW AND TRY TO KEEP UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE ABOVE YOUR SKILL SET.” That would be far easier to cope with, because you could see it coming from a mile away! When we chose to listen to our ego and not our common sense, it’s like the carton devil sitting on your shoulder, whispering suggestions into your ear. You may not even be aware that it is happening.

So where do you make the fix after the fact? By honestly accepting responsibility for what happened, you can move beyond the mistake and never make it again. I am all for making mistakes, as long as they are only made once. There’s no point beating yourself up for something that has already happened, but what can you change to make sure it never happens again?

I have owned up to my error. I am not a tall lady and I never will be. But I am strong, I am fast, and I am always striving to be a little more badass, and that my friends, is just fine with me.