I took a screenshot of this awesome fitness blog I came across so I could post it as one of my daily challenges for my Fitmamas So-Cal page. I typically post the workouts on Instagram so feel free to follow me here and/or here.
This workout can be found here as well.
I have always been weak when it comes to upper body strength.
I knew that when I read the word burpees, I would die a little.
I didn't know that I was going to die A LOT!!
By the time I reached 17 burpees and 4 squats, I thought there was no possible way I was going to finish.
It took me a long time to finish and once I hit 7 burpees and 14 squats I wanted to end it.
I was over it. I wanted to cry and throw up. I wasn't sure which one was going to come first. The chunks or the waterworks.
The only reason why I didn't stop was because of my boys.
They were outside in their jackets and unknowingly cheering me on.
Their presence alone did wonders for me mentally.
After each set, I was huffing, puffing and thinking of really bad words I wanted to say but didn't.
I was getting irritable and tired.
I couldn't feel my legs and I wanted to lay on the grass and quit.
I almost threw in the towel and then I looked into my boys' eyes.
They were concerned for me and thought I was hurt.
They continuously asked if I was okay.
I would nod because trying to speak was too much for me to do.
I kept thinking to myself, "Let's go T, you got this. Your boys are watching you, DON'T QUIT, DON'T YOU QUIT!!"
And that was enough to do me in.
I went to town on the last little bit.
As soon as I finished which did take me a long time to finish, my legs buckled and I collapsed.
Their eyes are burned into my memory bank forever.
I will never forget that.
When the workouts get tough, I will remember their eyes, their look of concern and their look of thrill because I was doing something.
The fact that I was being active.
For them it was fun and they would mimic my actions which will lead to many memories for us to hold dear.
I think this is something we can all learn from.
Whether it's completing a workout or just a simple trial in life, NEVER QUIT!
This quote is what I thought of last night. I kept hearing Elder Holland's words. His most sincere plea for us all.
In the midst of my weak arms, my super sore legs and my disintegrating energy, I learned a few things.
1- On the nights where my workouts feel particularly harder than usual and my motivation is minimal, having a support group is necessary, essential and any other synonym you can think of that relates to IMPORTANT.
Last night, I was totally wishing I had my two girls that meet up with me, at my house to push me.
I was wishing so badly that Lovey was home to tell me to keep going and that I've got this which leads me to my next point.
2- I need to get my mental state to step up to the plate and trust that my body will do everything I tell it to.
Right here and right now, I am not going to beat myself up or doubt that there is no way I can't do a workout, a challenge or pound out as many miles as I want to. I am in control of my mind and what I tell myself I can do. It is all up to me.
3- I realize that these workouts and runs aren't going to get easier. I realize that in time with much practice, effort and work I, in fact, will get stronger.
I am nowhere near where I want to be strength wise but we've all got to start somewhere.
That somewhere and sometime for me is right NOW.
Last night's workout proved to me that I am physically weak.
My upper body strength needs a lot of work.
BUT in knowing this, it gives me that extra push and that extra fire to push myself far past my limits.
If it's too scary or hard, that means you're in the right direction.
We'll never know what we are capable of if we don't challenge ourselves to try something completely scary and new.
I'm scared as heck to keep pushing but with that said, I know I'm in the right direction.
My strength and fitness journey has only begun and I know in time, I will get to where I want to be
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
What are some things you are afraid of?
Try something completely new and different.
Push yourself to your limits or better yet tell yourself that the limits are endless.
We are our own worst enemy.
Let's try to encourage ourselves to be better than we were yesterday.
Let's lift ourselves up because if we don't do it, who will?
If you're drawing a blank on an answer to my question, shoot me an email.
I'll be more than happy to lift you up and send you encouraging words.
Happy Thursday everyone.