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Take the First Step...errr....ROW!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello Spark World!

So yesterday I accomplished something great. I finished my MaROWathon at my gym.

"What is that?" you might be thinking.

Well that is 26.2 miles, or 42,000 meters of rowing on a row machine.

The challenge started June 1st, but most of that week I was out due to a ruptured ovarian cyst (I don't wish that pain/feeling on my worst enemy) I was nursing from the end of May. So I walked back into the gym June 5th and I asked my coach Tracy about the challenge. Pure and simple, row 42000 meters by the end of June.

But *dramatic pause* I am leaving the 23rd for a girls trip to the beach through the 2nd of July. So, starting 5 days late and leaving 7 days early, I told Tracy, "I don't know if I'll be able to do it." She looked at me and said, "The worst thing you can do is try."

So, I took out my calendar and counted 18 days until my trip. I divided 42,000 by those 18 days and got 2,333 meters as my daily goal. When we do our Crossfit workouts, if there's rowing involved, you get to count that. But I stayed after my (grueling) workouts and rowed extra.

Then I re-looked at the calendar and realized that I tend to not go to the gym on the weekends. SO, I reevaluated my goal after a couple days, and realized that I needed to up my daily goal.

There were a couple times I missed class, so I went and rowed for 30-40 minutes. Yesterday was one of those days, and my total was 35 thousand and some change. I couldn't see the board from across the gym, so I told myself..."Ok, I want to finish this off, so If I row to 7,000 today, I'll finish my goal 3 days early."

SO I DID! I went from, "I don't know if I can do this," to finishing my goal in not 18 days, but 10. TEN!

Had I let that negative voice inside my head say, "Woah, that's way too much, you can't do that," I wouldn't have even taken the first step----errr----row to get to the finish line.

Out of all those people on that board, I was one of the first 5 to finish. I set a goal, made a plan, and took little strides each day to work to that goal. I am not a person to toot my own horn, as I think that has a lot to do with those negative voices and not drawing attention to myself, but heck...I'm working on changing those behaviors, so here I go: TOOOOOOT! I didn't just reach my goal, I SMASHED my goal, and feel durn good for doing it!

Through my weight loss journey and through joining Crossfit, I realize that I am much more capable than I give myself credit for. Sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind, get over yourself and just give it your best effort. You just might surprise yourself.

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