A few years ago, I went on a hike and was crying by the end of it – disappointed that I wasn’t in a place physically that I could get up and go for a hike whenever I wanted. So – I decided, I could keep complaining about not feeling fit, healthy, good about my body, or I could change it. I could wake up in three years saying, I need to exercise or I could wake up in three years and say – I’ve done it!
I’ve been exercising pretty consistently, but always half-heartedly, getting on a treadmill doesn’t fill me up, but I like to eat, drink wine, feel healthy, fit, go for a hike whenever I want, run, ride, jog, with ease. So that’s what I was doing, walking, running, ellipticalling, strength training my way to fitness.
After I lost my job, I had a lot of time on my hands and some days just wanted to turn my brain off.
I decided to start a six week fitness challenge to try to change things up and get more fit faster.
In these exercise classes, you have to turn off your brain, your body demands it and so does the instructor – eek.
I tried body pump, athletic training, spin, power sculpt, muscle blast, and finally step – which i don’t recommend for anyone who does not know or want to know what the word CHASSE is – I’m also not coordinated enough to GET the moves – it was miserable and a little to perky.
I like most classes I’ve tried, but athletic training at 24 Hour Fitness gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s pure insanity, burpees, baby burps, squats, jump squats, sprinter abs, planks, push ups, and 100% PURE sweat, drive, and determination.
The six week challenge has now turned into a lifetime challenge, because I’ve fallen in love with exercising HARD CORE!
So, in the last 8 weeks, I’ve taken 26 exercise classes and run 42 miles, sometimes I’ve tried two classes in one day. To me, that doesn’t sound like I’ve done enough now, but it’s a start. I found what works for me, FINALLY!
I’ve haven’t lost a ton of weight, but my body looks different, feels different, is different. My double chin that sometimes hung around is nearly gone. I’m different too. Different – because again I’m realizing over and over that life is about choice, you choose how you are in the world and how you operate, all excuses dissolve into choices. Little by little, you can change your life.
I know that soon, I’ll be working again and I’ll have to choose to keep this in my life, but I’m certain I’m going to DO IT!
What is it you want? In three years what is IT that you want to wake up and say – I DID IT!
GO! START NOW. GO!
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you rock. i hope i can keep up with you on the bikes. i have the advantage of sort of knowing where i’m going, though, so you’ll need to wait for me at the intersections.
Thank you. We’re going to have fun on the bikes! did you click the link to the dance move. Next I’ll post a video of me doing that. Kidding.
I’m glad you have managed to make exercising into a habit. It’s the best thing for our minds and our bodies! I do the Tracey Anderson method, and her Dance cardio, which I love. I also run on the treadmill, or walk. I even let my dog go on the treadmill (seriously! I may post a video of her on it.).