At Kickboxing “camp” our trainer repeatedly tells us that we have to keep challenging ourselves to grow; that when our arms are shaking and we do just one more push up, we get stronger and improve. If we give up when our arms are shaking, we may never progress past our current stage. The struggle is part of the process.
So I keep working on pushups, burpees, jump rope and all the other exercises that are challenging for me. When he says, “One more minute, keep working all the way to the end!” I try for one more push up (jump rope, burpee, etc.). Yes, this is hard work. He also praises us when he witnesses the encouragement we give a struggling class mate.
Week 7 was tough. I scheduled things every day after the 2 day rest I took in week 6. I made it, but it was quite a challenge. I did a demanding workout 7 out of 7 days. I scheduled 2 extra volunteer tasks, 1 community event, and 1 social activity in week 7. WHEW!!! I managed it all, but it was a struggle toward the end of the week. I kept every commitment, but I learned that I need to make some choices in this journey.
Today begins week 8 and I have scheduled the week with Sunday and Tuesday as my “rest” days. No grueling workout on those days, just some gentle yoga and walking the dogs. Reflecting on the last 7 weeks, I realize that I need those 2 days off from the tough workouts, with a little rest and recovery I can finish the week strong. As one of my SparkFriends, ROCKPORT9, suggested it is better to pace myself.
I don’t regret any of my activities from week 7, they were beneficial to me, but I learned some lessons from this very busy week.
Lessons from Week 7:
- I can go all out for an entire week if necessary.
- I don’t have to go all out for an entire week without a good reason (week 7 there was no good reason).
- It’s okay to say “No” to some activities to attend to some self-care (an example set by SparkFriend, LADYFROMTHEWOOD).
- I know myself better than anyone else and only I can decide what is in my best interest.
I experienced more lessons and more highs and lows in week 7. I’m getting stronger. I could tell in the workout on Saturday when I completed 3 rounds of every exercise in the 20 minute allowed and finished the first half of the 4th round. I compete only with myself and cheer on my classmates when they have their own personal success. We’re all at different levels of fitness, so comparing ourselves to one another is only a waste of time. We work hard, we sweat, we support each other, and we continue to laugh a lot! It is a journey and I see that these changes I am making, while difficult, are geared toward lifestyle changes; not quick progress.
What are some lessons you’ve learned on your journey?
Here we go…