I've never been a fit chick.
Ever. I hated gym class, I hated running, I hated sweating, I hated feeling uncoordinated and I never put any effort into being better at it.
But this past May, I decided that needed to change. I decided it was important to focus on myself and get healthy. I did Couch 2 5K, I bought a Fitbit, and I started being more mindful of what I put into my body.
I was making progress, but not the progress I wanted to be making.
Then my best friend gave me an amazing gift, a 6-week boot camp challenge.
She had recently started attending a new kind of gym, one without machines or classes, but "camps." Saturdays are free, so she kept inviting me to go with her. I kept making up excuses, I was extremely intimidated. She has always loved working out and actually enjoys the feeling of being worked to the point of exhaustion. It's a miracle we're friends.
But finally, I said yes and we were off to Boot Camp. On the way there, she very excitedly said: "They're having this special challenge for 6 weeks and I've already decided that if you like it I'm buying it for you for Christmas and your Birthday."
It was at that moment that I knew if I turned her down that I would never get to a point where working out was a part of my life.
I threw up that first camp.
SO. MUCH. CARDIO.
I wanted so much to tell her "Nah I'm good." And never set foot into that gym again. But I didn't, I went to another camp and agreed to sign up for the 6-week "Commit to Fit Challenge."
Tuesday the 16th is the final day of the challenge. And in that time, a lot of thoughts have run through my head.
1. I've made a huge mistake.
2. How are they getting their bodies to do that?
3. Am I sweating or did it start raining in here and I didn't notice?
4. What do you mean, battle ropes?
5. I didn't even know there was a muscle there to strain.
6. A finisher? We're not finished already???
7. Whoa, my legs feel strong.
8. *Laying on the floor of the gym* My legs feel like jelly.
9. I have so much energy!
10. I can't do another rep! *Does multiple more reps*
11. Is this camp over yet?
12. I feel so strong!
13. These 6 weeks went to fast, I don't want it to be over!
In the last 6 weeks, I have pushed myself in a way that I never have before. My stamina, my strength, and my agility have all greatly increased. I can feel a difference in myself, both mentally and physically.
So although it's been a painful 6 weeks, it's been an enlightening 6 weeks and I can't wait for this journey to continue.