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I wasn’t feeling it. I was having one of those low energy days, where it felt like nothing was getting accomplished. My day was kind of running me instead of me running my day.

I made the decision that night to get up early and get a lift in before I started the next new day. I still wasn’t into it when I woke up but went anyway. I got to the gym, did my warm-up and set up my bar to do deadlifts.

I noticed a woman walk by a few times, and realized she was doing the same thing I was; doing her best to get her workout in first thing. She was doing laps on the floor. I did my first two sets of dead lifts, and had about three more sets to go with my lifting plan. I was trying to hit 12 reps each set.

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I won’t lie, I was still feeling “blah”. Every single set I was hitting 8-10 reps, but just mentally couldn’t quite get my 12. The fourth set comes around, and I see this woman walk by again, and notice she is kind of watching me. I’m thinking “why is she looking at me? I just want to get this over with.” I again hit 10 reps. “Ugh! What is wrong with me, just do it Ali.”

As I ready my fifth set, I drop my hips, and as I grab the bar she walks by again, but this time she says something. I had my ear buds in, so I stopped, took them out, and heard her say, “I think you’re awesome.”

What a surprise! I got a huge smile on my face and said “thank you!” She kept on walking, I put my ear buds back in, got back into position and rocked out 12 reps for my last set. Boom!

What a huge and amazing reminder of what a little encouragement can do. If I could go back in time I would say back to her “I think you’re awesome too!” We were both at the gym at 7:30 a.m. just trying to move, be active and feel good, which some days takes A LOT of effort. So let this be your bit of encouragement today: “I think YOU are awesome!”

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