Trading Places: My "Ah-Ha" Moment (Tuesday, August 18th, 2009)

It’s Tuesday evening and I have come to a frame of mind where I’m ready to kick it up a notch.  No, I haven’t fallen off of the fitness wagon; however, my priorities had gotten a little scrambled lately.  I had some other people and things on my mind that distracted me from what I want and what I need to do.  So starting this week, I’m tossing my baggage and taking a step forward, no a leap forward.

When I stress, I don’t sleep, I don’t want to exercise, I don’t want to really eat.  I just hide on my couch until it either goes away or I do something about it.  After a very long week and sleepless nights, I realized I’m tired of living this way.  If there’s nothing you can do at that moment to change your stress, then why worry.  I realized that in less than four months, I will be 27 years old.  I want to be in the best shape I’ve ever been in. It’s going to be a little bit of a challenge because it’s in the midst of all of the holidays, but this year, I want to feel better and look better than I have.  I always tell people that I really don’t feel 26, I still “feel” like I’m 21 or 22 years old.  I have a few clients that have proven time and again that age is just a number, but this year I want my goal to prove that I’m only getting better with age.  

I’m not sure what caused me to have the “ah-ha” moment but something this past weekend made me finally think “what you are doing isn’t cutting it… You have the capability to lift much more weight, move so much faster and eat much cleaner than you are” (I’m talking about weekends… My weekly diet can’t get any more perfect).  I had a friend who was in amazing shape; I’m talking ridiculous “wow” looking.  And EVERY time we went somewhere, someone would stop him and either ask him about his workouts and his diet or ask him about his training.  He never purposely wanted attention, in fact, he hid from people most of the time, but his physique just attracted attention in itself.  He hated it; but I always thought it was pretty cool to hear people say “wow, I want to look like that”.  Some people draw attention for their loudness, crazy antics, or even different hair-piercings-tattoos.  I’d like get positive attention by people saying “I wonder what it took for her to look like that.”

Mentally, I’m definitely self motivated enough to go all out this week.  It started yesterday in bootcamp.  Matt had a client so we had Angie… It’s never easier with Angie.  You can’t procrastinate… And generally the workouts seem to be tougher and longer. Last night’s bootcamp was the longest EVER… 3 Rounds, all for the FULL TIME… I’m not whining, but I’m just stating the facts (sorry Matt, but it’s true… Your wife is the tougher one… Please don’t make me hurt tomorrow for that comment).

I got in a great 30 minute cardio workout today, I got in 15 min on the elliptical then 15 minutes of full out sprint intervals.  I hit my fastest speed yet and the knees cooperated; I felt great.  I hit up the foam roller afterwards and boy did my legs need it!  I found knots from my hip bones to my ankles. 

Tomorrow morning I train with Matt, and then Friday, I WILL be at the 8am bootcamp (I won’t promise I will be chipper, in fact I GUARANTEE I won’t be).  I hope to see all of you readers there or at Monday night’s bootcamp (6:30pm).  In fact, that’s my challenge to you to “kick it up a notch” and make your exercise routine a bit more challenging.  There are progressions-regressions at both classes, but at least try it.  It’s very motivating when you have a group of people sharing in your endurance, pain, and hard work.  And when it’s done, you’ll always be glad you did it.  I may be cranky, silent, or gasping for oxygen when it’s over, but I’ve never wished that I hadn’t gone… (But I have prayed for the next Monday to take it’s time getting here!)


Until next time,
Kimbery, Emerge Fitness Training.