In this past year or so I have become very fit, more than I’ve probably ever been in my entire life. I had a goal when I started, basically get rid of baby weight, which was more like “I’m not nursing anymore can’t eat as much as my husband weight,” but anyway … I had a specific pair of jeans I bought when I was early pregnant to use as incentive for post pregnancy days. Well, I have surpassed that goal and those jeans are now loose on me. I am very proud of myself for a couple of significant reasons, first of all, I was told all my life that I was not athletic and secondly, I am not very good at following through on things that I start. Having the opportunity to prove to myself that I can do whatever I set my mind to and more, was life changing.
Now back to my lack of follow through and that mountain climber … So in my quest for fitness I discovered a love/hate relationship with Spin. For those of you who don’t know what Spin is here’s a link to explain, http://bicycling.about.com/od/trainingandfitness/gr/spinning.htm. Anyway, I am very lucky to have some of the best fitness instructors at my local Y. I have become a huge fan for many reasons such as, free child care, local community connections, low key workout environment, and a great variety of classes. I am partial to a certain Spin teacher at the Y because her classes are challenging, she is always upbeat, and the music is always great.
Well last night, I went to a friends gym to take a Spin class with her which I was glad to be doing because I had no motivation thanks to my allergies and lack of follow through … Joking she texted me, “I hope its not a mountain climber.” Mountain climbers aren’t awful on and off throughout a class but a straight mountain climber just plain sucks; it’s boring because there’s no variation and your butt kills because you remain seated. Well as I am sure you’ve guessed, of course the first thing the teacher says is, “Hey guys we’re climbing Mt. Washington tonight.” I kid you not when I say the whole class groaned!
I could go into detail about how the music was awful for the most part, the ride was boring, blah, blah, blah. But what I’d rather talk about is how great I felt at the end. When the teacher announced her plan, my friend and I thought about leaving but alas we were front and center so you can imagine how embarrassing that would have been! So we stayed and we rode. In the end, what seemed like the worst class ever wasn’t really that bad at all. Instead of giving up, we kept going, and because we kept going we accomplished what we set out to do – burn calories and continue to become healthier, stronger people.
All those things that you think you can not do, you can! Don’t let self doubt, laziness, frustration, etc. keep you from becoming and living as the person that you really want to be. If you would have told me a couple of years ago that I would be able to go into a gym, stay for two hours, and enjoy myself, I would have said you were crazy. Whatever it is that you want to do, whether it’s a fitness goal, or a new career, or starting a new chapter in your life, you have the power to succeed, it’s all in your attitude and determination. From someone who thought she “couldn’t” believe me when I say YOU CAN!
Especially for you Rebecca Jones 🙂