With less than six months to go until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, excitement continues to build as the Russian resort prepares to welcome the world’s finest winter sports stars 7 February next year.
This is the reminder I needed to see!
As many of you may remember, I started a WInter Olympic Challenge, in February of this year.
Reminded myself of the commitment and determination required to make it to the games. To push through mental and physical challenges and injuries.
The excitement and motivation that I had, in February continued on, through several months.
A good Spark friend and I prodded and poked each other, along the workout trails, with challenges and motivational quotes, pats on the backs, and kicks in the pants, when needed.
Other spark friends cheering us on!
The deaths of a two loved ones and the sickness of another, derailed me in a mental sense, but I continued with new challenges, in tribute.
My mind was on them, as I slung the kettlebell
and walked 5k after 5k.
Determined to remember the good things and live life to the fullest.
Now with the games, coming up so soon, it is time to get my mind back at the training at hand!
Skaters and skiers, focusing on the goals, keeping my nutrition in check. Routines that must stay in place and not falter!
The cooler air, did help to get the brain back in check and I am more determined than ever to make the cut!
My friend and I know we need to crank it up. There is no time to waste!
Have I made progress? I have lost a few pounds
and gained muscle.
My knees are so much stronger and I am not as worried about blowing them out.
I have lost a few inches
and my stamina is better, on most days.
Humidity still sucks the breath out of me.
Things I have NOT done... tracked my food, every day.
Mistake. I really need to do this, as I not only can have trouble with too many calories, but more likely, not enough.
I found this out when I first started SP, that I must be on starvation mode, as you don't lose weight, if you don't eat enough!
I find it hard to eat enough calories, unless I eat not so good things.
Huge plates filled with veggies and fruit, even lean protein, are very filling, for me, but not enough calories.
So, I NEED to track. Why am I such a hard head about this? I have no idea!! It is something I struggle with.
Weight training. I LOVE weight training, so why am I not doing this more often? I have been walking, so much, but strength training is what I was born to do and besides the kettlebell, my free weights have dust on them! Ugh! You know that;s not right!
So yes, that IS what I am doing, every other day! No excuses.
I know that I can count on SP being there for me. My friends, cheerleaders, support groups and team mates.
I know that my Spark buddy,that is on this journey with me, will be there at the games, with me, beside me, all the way.
to each and every one of you, for picking me up, when I am down, for cheering me when I lose a pound, for hearing me out, no matter what I have to say and most of all for being who you are right now, this very day.
We all have a strengths, our struggles, what we get right and what we need to get on with.
We have each other, too. It is a great feeling!