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TDEMAIO2 SparkPoints: (50,001)
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11/25/12 8:09 A

BIG emoticon for you emoticon

AZURELITE Posts: 1,406
11/22/12 5:50 P

Wonderful accomplishment! Be proud of yourself & give yourself a hug (and maybe treat your sore muscles to a massage too!)

MAGGIEVAN SparkPoints: (197,474)
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11/22/12 4:58 A

Good on you for learning some valuable lessons. Just keep on keeping on.

Maggie from Auckland the City of Sails in New Zealand.

"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, and move on." Henry Rollins.

IGSBETH SparkPoints: (144,852)
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11/20/12 8:52 P

Way to go!

11/20/12 6:48 P

I recently set a goal for myself to complete 35 workouts in 21 days. With one day and one workout remaining, I think it's safe to say I have completed it. I went into this expecting the physical results to be rather spectacular, but ended up being a bit disappointed as I didn't lose any weight, only lost 1.5% body fat (the same rate I had been losing before my 2-a-day mad woman spree) and 2.5 total inches. There were visible changes, however modest. I can see my abs a hair more than I could 3 weeks ago as well as my biceps, delts and a tiny bit of my lower quadriceps, but it's not nearly the results I was looking for. Why am I woo-hooing, then? Because while I didn't see the physical results I wanted, I did end up learning quite a bit about myself and my place in this journey.

For starters: 35 workouts in 21 days is INTENSE. Not many people could put themselves through that and even fewer would want to. There is no room for error or missed workouts, I was sore, tired and there were many times I wanted to give up. But I didn't. I dragged my (apparantly un-shrinking) butt to the gym every single day, generally twice a day. I gave it everything I had every workout because I believe that if I went through all of the trouble of getting there, I may as well get my workout clothes disgusting enough to warrant washing. I added 10lbs to my dumbbell bench and 35lbs to my squats. I learned how to do hang cleans and can now go through an entire spinning class without calling upon deities or losing my lunch. And I can look myself in the eye (using mirrors, not yoga), knowing that I did everything in my power to succeed and I met the goals I set for myself.
I could drive myself crazy worrying about numbers on a scale. The fact of the matter is, I can eat right, and go to the gym and generally encourage my body to shape itself in a way that I like. But, when it comes down to it, I can not control myself on a cellular level and it isn't healthy to stress myself out over things that I can't control. And I realized, it doesn't matter. I get up and work out every day. I eat right and I know I'm doing what's best for me. Numbers are just that and at the end of the day, when I can confidently tell myself that I have done my best and put in everything I can, I am happy. Maybe it didn't all add up the way I wanted, but the things I have taken away from the last three weeks are bigger than a few pounds on a scale, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

So I am pressing the "Woo-Hoo!" button for a moment of self-discovery and my new-found appreciation for the place I am at right now!

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