20,000-24,999 SparkPoints 20,269

Building Strength and Character

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Things I've learned about myself the past two weeks:

I can throw a full size tire backwards over my head many times in 45 seconds, but I cannot come close to doing one pull up--yet.

I consistently underestimate what I am physically capable of accomplishing, but when challenged or questioned about my ability, I will do it or die trying. I love feeling the mettle within me spark and shine though.

I consistently push my cardio limits as far as I can, and as a result I am enjoying a much lower resting heart rate (46-51). It also means I really have to push myself to get a good cardio workout. I don't allow myself the "easy" route.

I could totally cheat in my Hybrid Fitness class. But I don't. Even though I want to. I paid good money for every second of pain. I'm gonna make sure I get my money's worth. Besides, the instructor doesn't care if I do the exercises or not. They are for MY benefit.

Last week, I scoffed at the instructor's statement that calluses on my hands were a badge of honor. This week, I'm drinking the water. My palms and fingers burn like fire tonight, and I will likely have some blisters tomorrow. It makes me grin like a fool.

Having prepared, healthy food in my refrigerator makes me calm and confident. I don't have the desire to overeat, binge or go "off the reservation." (Why is it I have to keep relearning this lesson?!)


I'm still working on patience. I have to realize I won't get back to Onderland (this time permanently) until mid August. I'm also a muscle building fool lately, so I'm not sure how that will impact the scale. But guess what...I'm okay with that.

I would really love to reach 150 by March 1. But it's just a number. As is the size on the label inside my pants. The second number means more to me than the first. My one gripe? My thighs are growing. I hate when my dress pants cling to my thighs. Repeat to self: My thighs are stronger. My thighs are leaner. My thighs are my powerhouse muscles that will eventually shed their extra fat.

Yes, Dawn. I'm still having my mirror conversations and they are working! emoticon

Never Give Up. Pretend someone is trying to take this opportunity away from you. Visualize having to fight for it. Would you make the sacrifices more readily then? Just because its free doesn't mean we should take it for granted. We can never predict what tomorrow will bring or what our options might be at that time.

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • SHOES17
    Awesome blog emoticon
    1628 days ago
    I love this blog -- it is so empowering! I especially love the things you've noticed about yourself and that you realize the exercise classes are for YOUR benefit and it is up to you to make the most of them. Good for you!
    1633 days ago
  • 67YKCEB
    Oh my gosh!! Your throwing tires ?!?! YOU ROCK!!!
    I love your attitude!
    1635 days ago
    Sometimes a blog or article is SO good, so meaningful, that I leave it open on my computer to read more than once or twice. Sometimes, there are paragraphs that speak such inspiration that you read the sentences over and over to let it truly sink in. Such is this blog. It's like a healthy but delicious meal at a restaurant where the portion size is humongous. You've got to split it up and take some home to digest later.

    Thinking of you a lot lately!
    1636 days ago
    Way to go! The realization means so much!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    1636 days ago
    I love you .. YOU are AWESOMESAUCE and doing Fantastic things for YOU !!

    Every day you grow a little stronger , wiser and I am so glad to be walking with you on this Journey !!

    hugs and much love,
    Dawn :)
    1636 days ago
    Great blog and fantastic attitude!! I am still working on seeing the positive in some of what I see in the mirror or on the measuring tape or scale.

    I think you will hit all your goals without a problem.

    1638 days ago
    Wow love this! Very nice!
    1638 days ago
    class sounds awesome, wish I could take it with you. I'm thinking of putting cross-fit on my to do list for next spring. Wear some weight-lifting gloves or boxing wraps to help prevent the blisters. Ya for strong thighs!
    1638 days ago
    You are amazing! Not many people can chuck tires behind their rock!
    1638 days ago
    Wow, you are doing it, and in a big way. Great inspiration and attitude!

    1638 days ago
    Now I want to throw some tires! I'll have to stick to Jillian for now. She's making me cry most every day so that's probably as much as I can handle. Way to go on being on track!
    1638 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/25/2013 11:34:48 AM
  • BRADMILL2922
    That does it! The next time we hang out, we are definitely going to go chuck some tires! Deal? I love all the stuff that you have realized and that is just over a short period of time! I am happy for your that you are enjoying the process again! You certainly seem like you are firmly on track and pushing every day!

    1638 days ago
    Yes!! You can, You are doing it!!! emoticon Everyday that passes by and every little step you take only brings you closer to your goal...It may be frustrating at times when obstacles in our paths make us take smaller steps and more time to get there, but the journey will only make us stronger and keep us strong when we reach our goals.....You are doing great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1638 days ago
  • PITA_1988
    Wow! You really are an amazing woman! You're definitely an inspiration to me!

    1638 days ago
  • KELAN5
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1639 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.