Posts Tagged "Mindset"

Lehi City Firefighter PT Test

I had the opportunity to participate in a physical training test that our local fire station put together. We have a few firefighters that work out at the gym I train at and I was asked along with a few female’s to participate. They currently don’t have any female firefighters here in the city so they wanted to get a variety of women together to test us on a few techniques and training pieces they work with.   They wanted to get an average time it would take a female to complete the challenge. I was all over the idea when it was presented to me by my fellow firefighter, Jake.  I even enlisted a few other girls here at my gym to come.  Then asked a neighbor of mine to come do it with me too.  I was so excited to do something I’ve never done before. We arrived at the city rodeo grounds and walked through the challenges that were presented to us and did a few trial runs on a couple to “test” it out before we were timed.  During this time of walking through it I kept thinking……… “Oh this is a piece of cake” “I’ve got this, this is nothing” “I’ve carried heavier” and so on and so forth. I walked over and said, “I wanna go, I’m so ready for this!”  I usually like to go first on challenges to just get it over with so I can enjoy watching everyone else.  The next question the firefighters asked me was if I wanted to have the oxygen tank on along with the coat and hat.  I wanted to have the full experience so of course I said yes! Mind you the coat and hat alone weighed about 10-15lb then the tank was another 35lb.  I got all dolled up in the gear and I was set to go!  The two other friends of mine, Christina and Lisa, cheered me on as I began. The first challenge was to take off the caps on the fire hydrant and crank the top to open it up to get the flow of water.  (water was turned off for the test) I was taught a way to do the challenge in the walk through so as I began I noticed that it was taking me a lot longer than I had anticipated.  I began to get frustrated in my mind saying, “Come on, Sarah, what’s wrong with you, they just showed you how to do it and look you can even twist it off!” So as you can see my mind was already off to a not so good start because as I prepped I was overly confident that I had this in the bag!  So I began to doubt myself and to beat myself up in my mind about my capabilities.  I began to get nervous and my heart was racing because it was such a simple task and I was struggling. The next challenge was to drag the hose on my shoulder a few feet down and back 2 times.  Then run to the bleachers and pack the 50lb hose on my shoulder up and down the stairs twice.  By this challenge I was already spent!  My legs were on FIRE, my mind was going left and right about how stupid I was to think this was easy and then I had moments of telling myself that I can do it and to just chill out! The next challenge was to see where you were mentally when your body was exhausted and we had to put together...

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WHAT IF I FALL …………..

    When you get knocked down to the ground land on your back that way your looking up and into the sky to see perspective of what you are to learn from the trial or experience your facing and take it as feedback to pick you back up and to try...

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DO YOU TRACK YOUR LIFE?

Do you track your life? I never did before. I mean, I knew in my head that I got a workout in, ate breakfast, did some work, connected with friends and family in passing, and did all the daily things I intended…or so it always seemed. I would finish most days and just be totally spent, with no energy left and feeling like I had tackled every post-it note and task set before me. Man was I wrong. You see, most of us live in a routine world and operate in a space of conditioned reaction versus free will. If asked, most of us don’t know the details of our days. We know we went to work. We know we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner. We know the basics of our day but we tend to forget, or not even be aware of, the actual things we did throughout the day. It’s this never-ending cycle of life that creates the sensation of time flying by. The only reason you feel that time is flying by is because you’re not being present and connected to your daily activities. Trust me, I know. And then it changed. Now I have a system. A daily method of tracking and measuring my life so that I am in full control and fully aware. I know exactly what I did each day. I know exactly how I feel each day. I know that the core values I believe in are being met each and every day, allowing me to invest and grow and nurture my life into the creative freedom and space I desire for my family and I. How do I actually do all of this? With my planner that I am...

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I DEFINE MY PROGRESS

I don’t weigh myself. I don’t track calories on some app on my phone everyday. I don’t measure inches lost. I don’t care about the size of my pants. I don’t measure my body fat. So what’s my point?? I aim to FEEL great everyday and to FEEL awesome. You will never convince me to let any number define ME. Being healthy is my progress. I don’t follow some kind of “diet” or “fad” I do what I want, eat what I want, and aim to FEEL great. The strength we gain and the mental barriers we overcome are the genuine, long lasting indicators of progress and self worth. Not any number, WHATSOEVER no, no, no!! I DEFINE MY...

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