I like that quote because I am a quitter. I don't want to be, but I often give up on myself long before I really should! (Hint: NEVER give up on yourself!)
I decided that no matter how hard it got, no matter how much I felt like giving up, I was going to keep going. There were days when I was literally on the floor, nearly in tears, asking my three-year-old granddaughter to get me a bucket because I was pretty sure I was going to throw up. I never did throw up, which is good, because she never did get me the bucket! She just kind of looked at me like I had lost my mind and went back to playing with her dolls!
Anyway, I thought many times that I was never going to make it through. But each day I tried. I gave it all I had and then just a little bit more and now, I feel stronger. It isn't that things got easier, it was that I got better.
Another thing Ms. Calabrese likes to say is "Strength doesn't come from what you can do, but from what you thought you couldn't do."
I like that quote, too! It makes a lot of sense. If I only do what I can do, I do not stretch myself or challenge myself. I stay the same. I do not get stronger. However, if I push myself and start to do the things that I thought I could not do, that is where strength comes from!
For example, I always stuck with my five (5) pound weights when doing exercises. It didn't matter what it was, I always stuck with the 5 pounders. I never pushed myself.
Well, when I started my third round of 21 Day Fix (I'm still finishing up my second round), I decided I needed to push myself further than I had ever done before.
I could have gotten the 8 pound weights, but for two reasons, I went with the 10 pound dumbbells.
1. The price. The 8 pounders were $8.88 each. The 10 pounders were $7.48 each.
2. The long-term. I knew that only adding 3 pounds was not going to satisfy my need to push myself to new limits. I knew that adding 5 pounds would. I also knew that I would most likely outgrow the 8 pounders in a few weeks and then would need to get the 10 pounders anyway.
The first time I did the Upper Body Fix with the 10 pounders I switched back to my 5 pounders part way through one of the rounds. Honestly, the 5 pounders felt like air! I had to switch back to the 10 pounders so I felt like I was doing something. It is nice to know that I can push myself beyond what I thought I could!
The point of all of this is that I could have kept quitting on myself, but I did not. I kept pushing myself and even though there were times that I felt like I just had to give up, I kept going with all I had because I was tired of being a quitter.
It truly is NEVER too later to start over. I am 50 years old now and probably in better shape than I have been in the last 15 years. I also weigh less than I have weighed in at least the last 10 years.
Losing weight is hard, being fat is hard. Choose your hard!
Until next time, be good to yourself and to others!