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Believe in yourself - believe in your spark

Friday, December 16, 2011

I have to start out by saying that I didn't want to go to the gym tonight.

Last Saturday was my office Christmas party. I have to admit that I did great on not eating a lot, and I drank water and juice the whole night. The thing I did do is dance. I love to dance and I really don't care who is watching. Every time I sat down, I got pulled on to the floor by someone else.

Sunday - my left knee was bothering me. I mean, it was swollen and SORE! I iced it and had trouble walking on it. The cool thing was that the rest of me was just fine. I didn't feel sore or tired at all.

Since my knee was giving me fits - I stayed out of the gym till Wednesday. I did my cardio that day and thought I was going to have to cut it back - but alas, I felt fine and did my whole work out.

Yesterday was weights. Those kind of kicked my butt, but I got through it.

Today - more cardio. Like I said, I didn't want to go. My knee was sore - but nothing that said "Go to the ER". Despite it all, I had put my gym bag in the car, so I figured I might as well. I started on the treadmill. After 10 min, I realized I couldn't do that today. (It's usually 20 min).

In order to make up my time, I added 5 minutes to my elliptical. I started out fine but by the time 15 minutes had gone by, I wanted to stop. (I was doing 25 min).

I said NO. I can do this. I reached within my self, found my spark and kept going.

At 20 minutes I was really wanting to quit, but now I only have 5 minutes. "Keep going, you can do this." I kept repeating to myself. Pretty soon it was down to a minute, then 30 seconds, then I was done.

However, the story isn't over there. After the elliptical, I went to the exercise bike and punched up 25 minutes. I thought to myself "This is nuts" - but I did it anyway.

After 10 minutes I was back at that "I wanna quit and get off." I didn't though. I kept going. My leg was sore, my butt was sore, but I kept going.

At 15 minutes I was really pushing myself. I think I might have even expressing myself out loud. "Keep going. I can do this. I have the ability - just keep at it."

Finally at 20 minutes I hit my level where I could start my cool down. I was drenched, but I did it. I was a little wobbly when I got off the bike, but I squared my shoulders and walked away.

This was just a reinforcement to me as to what I could do. We can all just throw in the towel early. We can say "Nah, too hard. I can't do it." Well, I say "Bullpucky!" You ARE stronger than you think. The only person that keeps us from doing something is ourselves.

Find your inner strength. Find your Spark. You CAN do it - no matter what it is. One step at a time. One minute at a time. Just keep going. Then, when you are done, you can walk away and be proud. You can say "Ya, I did that. Look at ME! I kicked it to the curb!"


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NADINEL 1/15/2012 6:27PM


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JRIMM4 1/4/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon Great job!


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CARRIEMT 1/3/2012 3:25PM

    Our bodies can do things our minds don't believe, I'm still working to convince my head to let my body handle my workouts :) Great blog.

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IHEARTGEE 12/18/2011 6:01AM

    Well done! Hope that knee isn't bothering you TOO much, be careful! But sounds like you really did keep that spark ignited and used it to propel you much further you initially believed you could go. Woohoo!

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GOHUSKERS2 12/17/2011 11:45PM

    Great job!!! Stamina and determination. Never give up.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/17/2011 3:46PM

    onwards and upwards the only way to go.usually i do 5k on the exercise bike in 10-11 mins a few times i haver done it in less than 10 but that is few and far between.the other week my leg (on my semi paralised side )didnīt want to work but i really forced myself determined to do the 5k despite the pain i did it in 26.40mins but i did it.even though i could hardly move to get off the bike that day because of the pain i felt so,so good even though it was my worse ever the way i am now back to the 10-11 minutes for 5k and i do more than 5 k.just have to have the guts to increase my speed on the treadmill but am afraid if my letg gives suddenly out on me to go faster than 6.5 k an hour.guess it is something to work on in the new year.thanks for your also give us something to thing about or work on.keep up the good work you did great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/17/2011 2:58PM

    This is so amazing! Congrats on pushing yourself and succeeding. And I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only person that says "Bullpucky!"


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LODESTONE 12/17/2011 9:54AM

    emoticon getting your stamina up to keep dancing. Amazing how you danced the night away (fun), and had to really struggle with the cardio (work). Give you any ideas? Try a Zumba class!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/16/2011 11:21PM

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LILLI56 12/16/2011 10:56PM

    wow you really can talk yourself into extra minutes? I need to try that maybe it will help me too!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/16/2011 10:50PM

    Great job!!!! Love the last paragraph

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CARTOONB 12/16/2011 10:26PM

    I'm proud of you! Fantastic!

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