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Challenges are overwhelming at times

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In January, 2012, it was a huge challenge to walk from the parking lot though the door of the YMCA for my first Livestrong session. To say nothing of the treadmill and strength training which followed. I've come a long way since that day.

I've taken on 2 challenges for spark coach this week and I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. One I've done before: 10 minute challenge. And the other, some boot camp challenge. I did the January jumpstart challenge when I was in NC. This new one has you do 30 minutes of cardio daily and a Nicole bootcamp video.

This was strictly my choice but I'm feeling overwhelmed right now. I had set my personal fitness activities to include at least 2 miles of walking and 45 - 60 minutes in the pool, depending upon the temperature.

I felt I needed to do the challenges
1. The 10 minute daily to have that to fall back on if I lose motivation or steam. I can do the 10 minute sessions with my eyes closed, sitting in a chair if I need to.
2. The Boot Camp to teach me what I need to know to learn where I need to take my fitness.

I like the feeling that I can do so much more now when I'm not carrying around the 45 pounds. But I have no clue what needs to happen next for the next 45 pounds.

So my 2 miles and swimming will give me the needed cardio and then some. I guess I'm just worried about the Boot Camp videos. The name makes them sound way beyond my current fitness level.

But I've done the first day, and I modified the jumping jacks, and one other. I wonder if I'll EVER be able to do THAT one?

Well. We'll see. If I'm doing it to learn, I can't expect that I can already do it all.

Well, I have a speaker to go listen to at the Y: Why Eat Raw Food? and I plan to get in some cardio while there. Maybe some treadmill, and the pool before the kids get out of school.
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FISHER011 2/12/2013 5:55PM

    Wow! You are amazing & give me strength- thank you!
I did the boot camp 1 video today & I modified my arm movements, but I was out of breath & had to stop.
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QUERIDAANA 2/12/2013 2:15PM

    I can relate to being overwhelmed by challenges. I weighed the pros and cons of being on a challenge team and the pros won out, in my case. I will be a little less active on the computer and more active outside. I like your idea of walks and swims. You can do it, just cut back when your body tells you you need to.


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LESLIELENORE 2/12/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon but if you are feeling overwhelmed take a little break. You don't want to burn out.

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CHRISTINASP 2/12/2013 11:25AM

    Pardon me, double post.

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CHRISTINASP 2/12/2013 11:25AM

    Sue, my impression is that you are doing ONE wonderful job after the other. I admire you for keeping on with ETL and for starting to exercise the way you did! You are already doing so much and making so many changes in your lifestyle. Please don't ask too much of yourself. 'Overwhelm' is not a good place to be; you don't deserve that!
Maybe it's best to FIRST get the 10 minutes 'into your system' and allow that to become a habit, fitting it into your personal circumstances. THEN, after that, you could take on the next challenge and enter the bootcamp arena!
They say it takes at least 40 days to get used to a new habit / activity. Then it takes half a year, I hear, before you have truly integrated it into your life. So take your time. I feel it's more important to move in the right direction, which you definitely are doing, than too 'run too fast' and get discouraged because of overwhelm, or develop a complaint / injury.
Or, if you should feel up to it, I would still let the bootcamp challenge go for now, but see if you can do say, 10 or 15 minutes of the bootcamp video's, at your own level (adjusting exercises if they're too hard at first), twice a week. That way you may gradually work up to the desired level.

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