I've been doing the 21 Day Fix. I am starting my second (almost third) round of it. One of the things that the trainer Autumn Calabrese likes to say is that "If you want to stop starting over, stop giving up." (Or something roughly like that!)
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!