Last year, I became a SP motivator. I ran my first TWO triathlons. I ran my fastest 5K. I ran my 2nd HM... and my 3rd... and my 4th. I was faster with each race and became a Half Fanatic. I went from a time of 2:58 to 2:28!!! In only a year! I dropped 29 pounds (though I usually called it 30) and was in the best shape of my life.
Then, January hit... and I was burned out. I skipped a HM. I skipped some workouts.... and then more workouts. I started a downward spiral of working out less and eating more... and feeling worse & worse as I gained weight and lost fitness. They cycle seemed to get out of control, with only brief periods when I tried to get back on track.
Yesterday, I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the Stair Machine and then came home and did Jillian's Ripped in 30. I tracked my food... and stayed on track! And, I felt great.
Today, I'm tracking again. Yes!!! And, my plans are to do Jillian again, but I am SO SORE! I'm having trouble walking! So, I might wait until tomorrow.... but it's a positive! I'm trying not to get hurt, not trying to avoid a workout.
I've learned that there is no finish line, though I thought I'd reached it when I met my 'goal weight'. This is a journey that will last us all of our days on earth. Hopefully, one day it'll get easier. But, for now, the struggle continues. And, I KNOW that when I'm working out and TRAINING, it all comes easier!!!
For now my goal is Jillian's 30 day challenge. That's my goal (so maybe I'll go do that workout even though I'm sore). After that I'll be gone for 2.5 weeks on a trip (where I'll try not to overeat!!!) Then, I hope to start training for my September 5K... the one where I started back in 2010. My first time was almost 45 minutes (yep!) and last year was only 32!!! I hope to drop it to maybe 30??? So, I'll have my work cut out for me!
But, for now... it's 30 days. Can I do it?? YES, I CAN!!!
P.S. After writing this post, I realized I NEEDED to do the Ripped in 30 workout today. I just finished! Whew! Both days, there are multiple times I feel like crying. It is SO HARD!!! But, it is a 'work'out! And, I need it!