If you haven’t met me in person, you’ve probably still managed to gather a key piece of information about me just from reading my blog entries: I like to talk.
I like to talk a lot. I have a lot to say! I have strong opinions. I like to make people laugh. And, frankly, sarcasm is practically mother’s milk in my family (apologies to my grandparents, who read this blog, are really quite genuine people, and are not to blame for the rest of us turning out to be such sardonic so-and-sos).
Sometimes this penchant toward babbling can get me in trouble. And I don’t just mean the “excessive chatter” demerits on every single one of my high school report cards. We’ve all had those I really should not have said that moments of panic. I just seem to have them more than most everyone else.
Recently, one of these moments got me into some trouble during a workout with my (still fantastic!) trainer, JK. We were cross-training, doing a circuit of strength exercises, the last exercise of which was abmat sit-ups. While doing my second round, I paused and looked at JK. “Am I doing these, right?” I asked. “They seem much easier this time around.”
Her response? She told me that that clearly meant I needed to be doing more of the horrible things!
This was not what I had intended to have happen when I opened my big mouth. No matter what, even if you are trying to impress your trainer with how much stronger you are getting, saying, “This is easy” is only going to result in being given something more difficult. To make matters worse, your trainer will sweetly explain, as you suffer, that pushing you this way is their job.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with five things you might end up kicking yourself for saying to your trainer (if you’re still capable of kicking yourself once they’ve given you the workout of your life). May you learn from my mistakes.