Traveling with my mum wasn’t really a holiday and resting. It was an adventure with many troubles. I come back and I couldn’t say that I was less tired than before.

First training days were connected with muscle soreness and stiffness. Splits? I could forget about them. The only energetic and happy part of me was my mind. I was very pleased to train again. I missed it.


Before The Competition

Losing motivation to workout? Overcome this crisis with small gestures and be happy again.


CRISIS! Beginning of July.

I woke up at 5:30 as the day before and the day before that day…

I wanted to cry. It was too hot. I was sweating in my bed!!! I was tired and painful. I didn’t see purpose in what I was doing.

Even my favorite morning class was kind of too long, too much. I didn’t want to be there.

“I feel so weak… so bad. I don’t want to train anymore!!!”  – the thoughts kept rising into my head – “Maybe I ask for a day off.  Maybe one week.”

I was so close to doing it, but my Shifu’s words at the group meeting, ringing in my head, made me not to:

– It’s really hot these days – he looked at us seriously. – But don’t give up. Keep training, even when your body feels strange. This is the best time to improve. If you stop it now, because it’s hard, it will be very difficult for you to be better. So train hard. Drink a lot of water.

But be careful with cold drinks – he laughed. – Don’t bother with sweating. It is good. It clears up your body.

So, I went to QiNa class. I asked my Master if I could stretch. Last few weeks, it became a routine that I stretched in the QiNa class. This time, however, my Shifu insisted that I spare with Janina. Training the Wing Chun skills distracted my bad mood. I forgot that I didn’t want to train and the time went fast. I felt better.

Going with the flow, I participated in the next class, Jumps & Rolls. I don’t have to remind you that it is after Power Training the most exhausting class. I sang a lot and made jokes with other students to release tension, tiredness, and reluctance.

During the lunch break, my bad mood returned. I complained to Daniel:

– I cannot do it anymore – I looked at him upset – I cannot train. I am losing motivation to workout, Dani. I lost my power and enthusiast… I don’t like it anymore… All my body just says no.

Daniel tried to comfort me. It started to rain.

Despite my reluctance, I went to the next class – Wing Chun. It was okay. Time was passing very fast. I trained with Janina again.

Before Tai Chi, I called Daniel to make a shake. We had so many bananas getting damaged. We had to do sth with them. We figured out to do a shake with ice-cold coconut juice. I didn’t have time to prepare it, so I left it for Daniel and went to Tai Chi class.

Soon after Daniel brought me a drink, which was amazingly refreshing and delicious. I started to feel really happy again.

At the end of the day, the kitchen ladies served my favorite dishes for dinner. That made me even happier.

From a bad start, I finished pretty content. So big change of mood.

Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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