This isn't a face I ever expected after an hour of crazy hard exercise*. I've never liked to exercise. In fact, I've always hated it. I don't like sweating and I've always been terrified of pushing my body to its limit. So what changed? Well, I did. It started with a visit to the doctor. They told me my cholesterol and my blood sugar weren't looking great. What? I was 25, well educated, and had a great job with not only healthy food choices but a free gym program. I had absolutely no reason to be in the shape I was in. Something had to give.
I started with food and cut out grains, but after 6 months of eating Paleo I wasn't getting where I wanted to be. So last April, I started working out 2 -3 days a week and that went awesome for a few months, but again, things were going too slow. I started to feel like 2-3 days a week was just a waste of time if I wasn't hitting my goal. In June, I increased my workouts to 5 days a week and BOOM everything changed. I snapped out of my plateau. I became this version of myself I didn't know existed. This person who got excited about each upcoming workout and this person who moves mountains (and meetings) to hit the weekly 5. My weekly 5 is non-negotiable. My progress is non-negotiable.
Things I've noticed since I started my weekly 5:
- I'm more aware of my body than I ever have been. Because I am so much more physically active, I know exactly when I haven't eaten enough, too much or not correctly. It's now plain crazy to me to think of how out of touch I was with my own physical health. It's not even just crazy, it's scary.
- I'm happier at work. Not only do I have a midday break to look forward to, but I'm generally more alert and engaged on the projects I'm working on. I used to mind my long commute, but now it is just part of getting me to my next workout. ;)
- I've stopped cheating. In the beginning, I would justify a little here or a little there. It isn't really worth it to me anymore. This journey is about me and no one else. So why would I sabotage my progress? In August, I stopped drinking and eating dairy and I haven't picked it back up. It just doesn't align with my goals.
- Holy shit, I'm constantly thinking about my fitness/weight goals. That is new. I've made this a priority in my life and I don't have time or energy for things to get in my way. I've never felt that strongly about anything and it feels really powerful. I don't care about things I have to give up. I care about me.
Warmup drills: high knees, burpees, squats, pushups, inchworms, butt kicks, lunges.
-10 Pull ups
-1 min KB swings
-10 Push ups
-1 min Double Unders
-10 Dead lifts (75lbs)
-1 min jump squats
[2x through, 1 time through the cardio drills (1 min each)]
650 calories burned