Yay! I am finished with the Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge!
I was really reluctant to even start this challenge. Prior to this I was only doing contolled cardio 3 days a week, maybe 4 on a great week.
No toning or strength.
They wanted, right out of the gate 5 cardio session and 7 toning videos per week.
It really seemed like way to much. I almost let myself be defeated by self doubt before I even started. I shrugged and signed up anyway and talked myself into giving an honest go if I could.
I did not complete it perfectly.
A couple of weeks I just barely made the minimum and the final week I had to re-start after a major derailment. (I lost 5 days so I tacked them back onto the end)
I could have done MUCH better in the nutrition department.
Am I glad I did it?
HELL YEAH! I really did not think I would do as well as I did! I really only lost a couple of lbs over all but I can really feel the difference in my muscles. (broke my usual once a week weight in this morning to discover I had re-dumped the temporary re-gain of last week and am back below 180)
I learned several valuable lessons along the way.
1. Adjust nutritional intake when almost doubling workout intensity. Week 2 I suffered a major crash because my body was not getting the correct fuel it needed to sustain the workout, resulting in a bad calorie (sugar and carb) binge that lasted two days!
2. Just because I miss a day does not mean I am defeated. I did not let myself quit when I missed days, I simply tacked on more time and kept pushing. There are times in my past when I would have quit the challenge and said "I guess it's too much for me, maybe another time or an easier one" I am really proud I stuck with it.
3.Not all victories are dictated by the scale (or the "Little Bastard on the Bathroom Floor"). This I already knew but I had to relearn. My mid-point journey of self exploration showed me that while the numbers were not moving, I could actually FEEL the changes in my body, the slow transformation of fat to muscle!
I am walking away from this with the determination to keep doing the videos and make sure there is at least 4 cardio sessions and one yoga or similar session per week.
I realize that some weeks may not always be ideal, but there is no reason not to try.
I may even try another challenge sometime in the future. Thank you STODD251 for challenging me to join you!
My next major Goal is to refocus my efforts on the idea of doing a 5k. I have been talking about it for years but 2013 has GOT to be the year I finally do it!