The following quote is one of my favorites:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
This begins week 7 of my Kickboxing camp. Today’s workout: walking and a Kickboxing video.
Honestly, in week 6 I encountered my first real hurdle. I call it a hurdle because it was significant, but easy enough for me to get over. We’ve had some severe weather the last couple of weeks and because of that I haven’t been sleeping well. Also the strictness of eliminating all processed food got to me last week.
I made it to 3 workouts at the dojo and I did 1 workout at home in week 6. I didn’t do the homework and on Friday I hit the hurdle; l was exhausted from continuing to push my body through difficult workouts with:
1) very little sleep and
2) some chest congestion
I gave myself permission to ease up; not quit…just take it easy. I caught up on sleep on Friday and Saturday, I sipped hot tea and watched some silly movies, I ate soup, a lot of vegetables (cooked and raw), 6 crackers and 2 flour tortillas as part of my meals on those days. It felt like I was pampering myself, but I didn’t feel guilty. I didn’t feel like I had quit my program. There was no permanent “damage”. I just gave myself a break.
This morning I woke up at 5am and I felt like a new woman. I was rested, the chest congestion was gone and I was ready to resume my physical activity. I am ready for week 7!
Here are my signs that my body is getting healthier:
- My joints feel better (knee and hip issues are ongoing when I don’t exercise regularly).
- My clothes are a bit looser now.
- I'm not stress eating.
- I’m enjoying my life more.
Here are some lessons I’m learning:
- I need sleep to function well!
- It’s okay to ease up on the program occasionally.
- I need to include some processed carbs (crackers, bread, etc.) in my diet to be realistic for long term changes.
- I can do more, physically, than I initially thought I could do. I’m capable of completing a tough workout; start to finish.
- Challenging myself physically and mentally is good for me.
So I had a little hurdle that I had to crawl over. That’s fine, because it didn’t stop me. This is part of the process. I was told from the beginning that it would be hard work and I still signed up. I worked hard today and I’ll work hard tomorrow. I’ll keep working hard as I encounter those hurdles and walls.
Here I go…