This week I've used the snow as an advantage. I've embraced the snow. I've found a way to stay active - probably more so than when there's no snow on the ground.
It's only taken a month and a half - but FINALLY the fire has been lit inside of me...and I'm not holding back, anymore.
This week, I announced my participation in the Sisterhood's monthly project of Operation: Body Fail. A challenge that asked me to do something that I don't do - but I should. Last year, when I attended Boot Camp, it was customary to start each session with "burn outs". That meant we did push-ups until we couldn't do another push-up, we did sit-ups until we couldn't do another sit-up, and we did pull-ups...well tried to do a pull-up in my case.
The point of those exercises was to get our body into "Body Fail" mode. We were exhausting ourselves before we even began our training. We then spent 90 minutes continuing to push our bodies - no matter how tired we got. By the time the 6 week camp was over, I was strong, powerful...could actually identify some muscle tone behind the layers of fat. It was all thanks to being pushed to the point of thinking I could do no more...and then doing more.
So, Operation: Body Fail calls for the same principle, kind of. We are to pick something we really want to push ourselves in. I decided to choose push-ups - real ones - because that's an area I've always struggled in. I did 3 on Tuesday. I was able to do 5 yesterday. After my push-ups yesterday, I proceeded to do the 30 day shred...but I opted to try Level 2 - even though Level 1 had given me some difficulty the day before.
It was hard, I'm not going to lie. Every muscle in my body was screaming at me - telling me I couldn't do anymore....and that was only half way in. I wanted to stop. I wanted to quit - thinking it was just too hard... but I didn't. I kept going. I told my body to deal with it. It was funny, but I found the exercises to be easier to do than in Level 1... but the burn? Oh the burn....I was hurting - in such a great way.
I pushed myself all the way through the work-out. I completed it. When I was done, the sweat was dripping off of me...my muscles hurt, but I felt powerful. I knew that I had pushed myself to Body Fail mode...and kept going. When I thought I couldn't do another move.. I just focused on pushing for one more, and then the next - sometimes screaming out in determination.
Today, I am pushing myself once again. Push-ups, Level 2 of the Shred, AND THEN Biggest Loser Cardio Max. Yeah - I may be crazy... but gotta love my determination, right?
Also - wanted to say... Food Loggers and Calorie Counters Rejoice!
Yesterday, I opened up the My Fitness Pal app on my iPhone for the first time in about 8 months. I downloaded it last year, used it one time...and then stopped. Recently, I've noticed a lot of people are using it...so I thought I'd give it another go. I have to say, I'm impressed. It was quick, easy - and I LOVED being able to see my input and output right there in front of me. So, I'm giving it another go. You'll notice my little ticker at the bottom of the post... it says I've lost 31lbs - but that's since I first installed the app several months ago.
Yes, that means I'm going to be keeping a food diary AND counting calories.... amazing, I know.
Also, I'm pondering the idea of getting a personal trainer. Not sure yet - basically because of funds - but it's something I'm at least throwing around in my head.
Well, I hear Jillian Michaels calling my name....time to feel some burn.
Those of you with My Fitness Pal - do you love it? If you want to add me, my user name there is jojo_hill44
Those of you with or have used a personal trainer - did you find the investment to be well worth it?
What are qualities that you would look for in a personal trainer?
Till next time. ;)
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