Monday, May 21, 2012
You know something? That Coach Nicole is tricky! Let me just explain to you how this crafty woman lured me (a self-proclaimed exercise hater) into a seemingly innocent little challenge that has turned into one of the best things that has ever happened to me: The Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge.
Imagine this...here comes an e-mail with a sweet little lady (Nicole) on it that says, "Hey lazy Leah! Join our super simple and easy challenge that only lasts for 4 very short weeks and you could win $300! ALL you have to do is a really tiny 10-minute video every day and add at least 10 minutes of cardio (preferably 30) to your schedule three times a week. EASY!" (Ok, ok...I paraphrased that).
So, of course, I thought, "Wellll....aren't you the cutest little thing? I am quite certain I am able to do 10 measly minutes a day and sometimes 20 minutes (with cardio). Yeah, this sounds simple enough. I'M IN!"
Week 1: OH MY GOSH...HOW LONG IS THIS VIDEO?! Coach Nicole, my body won't stretch that way! But...cardio wasn't bad. Actually...30 mins three times a week is pretty easy. No probs there.
Week 2: I hate these videos...but...they are only 10 minutes. Just do it, Leah...and you'll feel better afterwards. Cardio is making me feel AMAAAZING! Ramping it up now to 60 minute workouts thrice a week.
Week 3: Wow...halfway point is over already? Cool. Hey, these videos are getting easier. And I have muscle in my arm! Cardio is the best thing that's ever happened to me and I don't even WANT to take two rest days. MAKE YOURSELF REST, LEAH!
And that brings us to today...the second day of Week 4. I had just finished my standard daily video (Pilates...which I DESPISED the first week, but I gotta tell ya...I am actually seeing abs forming and it is shocking. So...I kinda like it now...even though it's still torture). I also added a 20-minute full body resistance band workout. Body feels awesome. My running is taking off like crazy...about ready to kick my long run on Sundays up to a 5-miler.
And, as I was getting ready for work, it was like everything about this challenge hit me all at once:
I am getting abs.
I have lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks.
My body feels so...tight and strong. No more flabby mess.
I have so much energy.
I love running.
My stomach is smaller.
I can get through those Bootcamp videos really easily now.
I don't want to stop after the Challenge ends.
I couldn't care less if I win $300.
I am ONE run away from 1,000 monthly fitness minutes - this has never happened.
This is the first time I've ever looked in the mirror and noticed a change in my body.
With alllll these thoughts swishing in my head...I not only thought, "WHO IS THIS PERSON THAT I'M LOOKING AT IN THE MIRROR???" I realized...that Coach Nicole...she's a tricky little saint. And I LOVE her.