So, now that I’m officially diagnosed, on correct medicine and almost functioning at my full energy, I’ve been able to start exercising again. YAY! After a year of trying to get Daniel to join me in my Beachbody Challenge he did one of the workouts with me and really fell in love with Insanity: Max 30. Since he had joined half way through the first week, we finished out the week together and started the whole program over so that we were at the same place in the workout. We are now officially on week two!
The first week was absolutely the hardest I’ve ever had in a workout. I’m sure it was partially because I was getting back into working out and just because Insanity: Max 30 is really intense. I was even modifying everything. (No shame!)
But, despite the first week being hard, the 5th workout (Friday Fight) really took the cake. It made the rest of the week seem like a cake walk. It has the fewest breaks and you basically are fighting with your brain to tell yourself you can do it. The first Friday we did this workout I cried through the last minute. Seriously. I CRIED through the last minute! I’ve had hard workouts before, but I’ve never cried! I don’t know exactly why I cried… perhaps I had just been pushing myself so hard I was releasing pent up emotion, maybe they were happy tears that it was almost over, or it could have just been the rush of hormones from an intense workout. Either way, holy cow was it intense.
Because of the tears, I was really nervous to go back and do this workout today! Nervous and excited. I have to say, not only did I not cry, but I increased my max out time by a full minute and Daniel increased his by 10!! AND I was even able to switch off and on with the moderator and high impact moves. Progress is progress is progress! Slow or fast, as long as you are moving forward you are moving in the right direction!
One major thing I have learned is this:
Physical activity absolutely builds confidence, especially when it’s out of your comfort zone and is challenging! There is such an AWESOME sense of accomplishment that happens when you overcome something that was intimidating. So, yeah… Friday Fight made me cry, but I fought back and OH MAN do I feel fantastic for that! I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow’s 5am workout! (I never thought I’d say that! LOL). Obviously, what might be challenging or out of my comfort zone might be very different than what is challenging to you or out of your comfort zone, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is overcoming the activity that is intimidating until, eventually, it’s not hard anymore. How awesome is that?!
Are you interested in being my Beachbody Buddy and doing this challenge with me?! If so, I’d love to hear from you!
What kind of physical activities have you taken on and overcome? Has a workout ever made you cry before?!
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