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LOVE IT or leave it?

 

OK, so first things first…about the 30 day challenge

 

I DID IT!

 

Finished, done, mission accomplished. It was super fun, extremely tough, but unbelievably rewarding. I’m leaner, stronger and have experienced a huge increase in my endurance when I run, teach class, etc. I wish I would have had more time to write about everything, BUT…between training and being a busy mom the blog got put on the back burner.

 

But I’m back!

 

I want to share where I’m at since the 30 days and where I’m going…

 

…except…

 

I don’t really have a good, clear answer for that.

 

HELP!!!!!!!!!!


Ok, so that might be a bit of a stretch.

 

Here is what I do know:

  1. I will ALWAYS live, eat, sleep and breathe an active lifestyle. Literally, after one rest day I am ready to poke out both of my eyes with pencils.
  2. I will continue to fuel my body as I have been since I began the 30 day challenge. For me that doesn’t include any sort of “diet” (i.e. low-carb, low-fat, Paleo, etc). All food groups are included in varying portions. I am a big food journaler (NOT calorie counter) and that will probably stick too. It’s become a very healthy, balanced way of life.
  3. I will continue to teach group fitness as long as I am able. It is a huge gift and completely humbling anytime anyone shows up to work out to some killer music with me – crazy! It’s my oxygen; I don’t think I could live without it.

After that…

 

…things get a little more unclear.


I had wanted to do a triathlon, but it turns out I am not a huge fan of the bike or pool. I also intended to stay with my training program from the 30 day challenge, but I am not loving my spin workouts these days and I feel like there is just not enough time in the day with school out, etc. And really, am I made for this? Am I that girl? The kind that finishes every spin, bike, run, and crazy class with “big guns” with “is that all you got”?

 

Ummm…maybe?? I’m not really sure at this moment…but I want to find out, I think?

 

Do you hear all the excuses and questioning? Honestly, this is where so many of us get stuck!

 

STOP IT!

 

Stop making excuses and stop questioning yourself. Because you know what?!

 

YOU ARE THAT GIRL!


YOUR BODY WAS MADE TO BE STRONG AND PUSH THE LIMITS.

 

YOU CAN FINISH AND SAY “is that all you got”?


ASK YOURSELF:


IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?


I’m going with a big old “NO” on that one. That isn’t all I got. There is more….lots and lots more. This is only the beginning, I’m just getting started.

This is where it gets scary and uncomfortable…when you start to go where you’ve never been before. You start to question yourself, think you aren’t “made for it” that your body just doesn’t “work that way”.

I’m calling my own bluff on this one.

I’m saying your’re just scared and you don’t want to look behind the curtain and see what you’re really made of.

So guess what,

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT?

I say:

LOVE IT! DO IT! DOMINATE!


Leaving would be easy for a minute, but full of lots of yucky stuff like regret, “what if”, and knowing I didn’t give 110%.

Seriously, who wants to deal with that??

For me, it’s all about digging deep on the days I don’t feel like it. It’s easy when the stars align, but your true power is tested when they don’t. That’s when you remember WHY you started your journey in the first place.

I love it when group fitness instructors ask “why are you here”? I mean duh, to get a great workout! I think what they mean is, the bigger WHY…why do you keep showing up, day in day out, good times, bad times, stinky times 😉

Ok, so…why?

I’m putting a stop to any negative chatter that tells me I’m not good enough, I don’t deserve it or I can’t do it. I’m strengthening my body to make my mind so bulletproof that I walk down the street and people want what I’ve got. I’m showing my daugther that YOU CAN do ANYTHING if you WORK HARD, STAY STRONG and PERSERVERE. I’m fighting MY fight, staying positive and standing up for what I want. I’m not a quitter. I’m strong, passionate, energetic, intense, positive, willful, a little crazy, but always have my heart in the right place. I’m ready to rock, bring the noise and prove that I can do it. I’m that girl.

That’s why.

Find your “why”. Love it, don’t ever leave it.

YOU GOT THIS!!!

xoxo

 

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DAY 2

The Workout

“Triple Bypass” at the MAC:

  • 60 minute weight/conditioning class
  • 30 minute cardio
  • 60 minute spin

I felt good going into class today. I finished eating and drinking by 7pm last night and was able to hydrate well before going to bed – that ALWAYS helps me get through big workouts.

 

I can feel improvement with my push-ups, although I can’t do as many as Gerry asks us to…yet! I wouldn’t even think about doing a push-up from the knees these days – THAT is progress 😉 I really focused on trusting my body today. Even if I had to take a beat and catch my breath during a set, I tried to always finish strong, even if it was only 2-4 additional reps. 😉

 

I was majorly sucking air during the 30 mins of cardio – this is may be the most frustrating part of class for me because a) I love fun, fast, pumpin cardio and b) I haven’t been performing well after I’ve already fatigued all my muscles…but, I will get there – it’s a state of mind and all about endurance, AND, it will make me stronger for the cardio classes I walk into with fresh legs 😉

 

Spin is a total blast, however, at about 15 minutes in, I felt like I was going to get a cramp in my right leg – and I HATE those. But, rather than try and fight it and avoid it, I just trusted that my body could handle whatever happened. Guess what, the feeling went away and I was able to get past it. NEVER got a cramp. I tried to pick up my speed and fight through some sets without a break. It is such a mental game – I’m starting to click into that a little more and it feels good. Your mind often wants to stop before your body actually needs to. Really, it’s all about trust my fitness angels.

 

I’ve been fueling well today – “staying on top of hunger” as Gerry says 😉 I’ve got a bachelorette party tonight, but you won’t catch me guzzling cocktails…I’m working way too hard to let alcohol slow my metabolism and dehydrate me. Let’s be real: I will have 1 or 2, but, I’ll be practicing a 2:1 water to cocktail ratio my friends. This is LIFE, plan accordingly 😉

 

Love ya’all! Enjoy the beautiful Saturday xox

 


Day 1: Ain’t No Other

Sometimes you meet people that come into your life and change it…
…FOREVER. For GOOD.
My darling fitness angels, I have met my ULTIMATE angel that is giving me a whole new set of things to think about when it comes to fitness and nutrition.
Ya’all know I’m PASSIONATE about group exercise. When it’s done right, there isn’t anything else on the planet that can match the high you get from an awesome class. I love me a rockin’ studio 😉
I’ve been around the block and have been to MANY classes. Just as I was starting to think I found all the pros that would ever inspire me, BAM! I meet Gerry. Wowza. She really should come with a warning label that says “Hold on. Buckle up. I’m gonna rock your world!”

Here’s the thing: I’ve been working out with Gerry for about a month now. I know I’m stronger and I know my waistline is shrinking because of how my clothes fit. I’ve also signed up for the LifeTime Fitness Triathlon July 14 (sprint distance ;-). I mean come on, that’s the result of just ONE month of being committed at about 85%.

 

What would happen if I spent 30 days committed at 110%??

 

I know, I’m curious too! Lucky for all of us, we’re about to find out!

 

I didn’t know it at the time, but yesterdays workout marked DAY 1 of my 30 Day TEAM GERRY challenge. I will be following her fitness and nutrition program for 30 days to increase strength and endurance and ultimately change my life forever.

 

In fairness, I’ve been at the cusp of this for a long time, it’s something I’ve always wanted. I know it’s not for everyone, and some people might not “get it”. For me, there is no greater gift you can give to yourself and the people you love most than the gift of strength and confidence. It’s a great way to teach the oh-so-important life lessons about persistence, courage, determination and love. You gotta love yourself first – how you show yourself that love is something YOU must decide for YOU. No one can do it for you. BUT, people can inspire and encourage and coach you along the way. I’m so dang lucky to have someone like Gerry to do that for me. Feeling pretty blessed 😉

 

I’ll be posting daily (eeek!) about my fitness and nutrition challenges and accomplishments. I’m sharing my journey in the hopes of inspiring someone else to move from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY. For someone else, that might just be stepping foot in the gym for the first time ever! How cool!! Whatever it is, I’m here for you just as Gerry is there for me.

 

PAY IT FORWARD!

 

In truth and health,

xoxo

 

 


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