I apologize for not posting yesterday. I did get my workout done and kept nutrition in check, but the kids were home yesterday and it was a bit chaotic and busy all day. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I refuse to compromise on the workouts. They get done, even if I don’t always post about it. Unless I am sick and unable to workout, but that is a whole other ball of wax.
Yesterday was Cardio Fix. This is not to be confused with Total Body Cardio Fix from day 1. This one used no weights and 4 rounds of 2 exercises and then a “bonus exercise” that is repeated. By the time I got to the Bonus exercise I was spent and was fighting the mental side of it. My mind kept saying “I want to just quit now.” My body said “I’ve got a bit more I can give, don’t you dare give up on me now!” I listened to the body and told the mind to hush.
Today’s workout was Dirty 30. I had no clue what to expect from this one based on the name. It involved a good bit of weights (still going with 5s and 7s for light and heavy weights). Abs are always being worked it seems, but the workouts were a good bit of squats and then rows and lat raises for shoulder and tricep work. My shoulders will likely be feeling it later today and tomorrow. My abs and obliques already are a bit. As are the hamstrings and glutes. That is how I know it was a good workout.
The difference between working towards goals and just coasting by in workouts is being willing to push for what you want. I want a leaner for trim and defined body. I won’t get that by quitting when a workout starts to get tough. I want to be healthy and fit enough to keep up with my 4 kids. I won’t do that if I quit. I want to be a good role model for them to know they can do anything if they are willing to work for it. I can’t do that if I quit when an exercise starts to get tough. So I push through. I draw on my motivations and I make it happen.
I work hard. I play hard. I push myself to learn my limits and then push beyond them to achieve new goals. No, it’s not for everyone. But if you really wanted to read about someone who quit and gave up every time, you wouldn’t be here would you? You’re here to see what I’m doing, how I’m pushing, how I’m growing, how I’m learning. And I hope, that in some way, I’m inspiring you to get up off that couch, or out of that chair, and get up and do something. For 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or even more. Get up and do something, stretch, do some yoga, go for a brisk walk. Just get up and do SOMETHING! Your body will thank you, your heart will thank you. But more importantly, your mood and your emotions will thank you. Because that activity, that work you do. It releases endorphins in the brain. Tiny little chemicals that improve your mood, make you happier, and make it easier to handle the stresses that live throws your way.
You can do it. And I’ll be here, cheering you on and getting up right along with you! You’ve got this. Let today be the day you choose to get up and find your fitness!