Monday, March 24, 2014
For the past 6 months I have been working out at a Total Body Gym - this is a gym that is very focused in how they teach and getting you to train effectively. You are never forced to do more than you can, just motivated to try the next level and do the best you can without breaking down on your form - they are cautious about injury. There are a mix of weights and cardio circuits. There is also one class that is all short bursts of cardio with a heart rate monitor; you work to get in your "red-zone" and then rest to get back to your green zone...I haven't felt like throwing up while working out in a VERY LONG TIME. But, at every cardio class - I check to see where the trash can is...just in case.
So the class is hard - maybe 8 people and no where to hide...hahaha. Some days I have to dig deep to push myself. Recently I was focusing on my son and the work he puts into his High School swimming - especially as he was coming into his championship meets. If he has to push himself to pure exhaustion to get his best times...day after day after hour after hour after yard after yard....I can do my 30 minute workouts. So I would dig deep and envision myself on the last lap of a race and giving my all. After all, how can I ask him to push/perform if I'm not doing the same for myself!?
Now today's meaningful motivation had a different bent. My older son is at the Naval Academy and on Saturday a football player was airlifted from practice having collapsed on the field - - - turns out to be a blood clot on the brain - surgery and current state of Coma with minimal responsiveness (but some responsiveness). The prayers are pouring out for the midshipman and his family - turns are being taken to bring food to the hospital for the family in from many states away.
Today I prayed while I pushed myself at the gym. Yep many sets of the "Our Father Burpees" and the "Hail Mary shoulder presses" Not to mention the calls out to many family "saints" to stop by and visit that young man and give him the strength to heal - - - all while lifting weights, doing crunches, riding the bikes and moving those battle ropes....!
Prayers for the Midshipman and continued motivation for us all in our own personal quests to improve our minds and bodies.