Happy New Year, People!
2013 turned out to be a great year as I met almost all my fitness challenges. There was substantial weight loss and by year’s end I’d completed not one but two 5K races. Although I’m not as lean as I’d like to be, I think it’s safe to say that I’m no longer fat. Actually, my sister made me repeat that tonight several times because she loves me. My family is worried that I’d go too far and get too thin. If you think there’s no such thing as too thin, then you need to assess yourself because that’s a dangerous way to think. I’m five feet tall and extra weight is very obvious on my small frame. However, my goal has always been to get stronger not thinner; and by the Grace of God, I’ve done so.
There was a time when a pair of 3lb weights was a challenge. Now I can lift 8lb weights and although it’s still a challenge, every workout with them gets easier. There was a time when my stamina level was so low that I needed a breather after walking up a steep flight of stairs. Now, I can run up in a couple seconds and even complete a 5K. There was a time when I needed a brand-new wardrobe because all of my clothes were too small for me. Now, I’ve rediscovered beautiful pieces that I thought I’d never wear again and actually feel excited about shopping. There was a time when I hated running because I didn’t do it well. Now, I don’t care if I’m the slowest of the slow-pokes. I’m running for my life and going to be in the best shape possible because my body is my responsibility. Nobody ever made me eat too much or poorly. Nobody ever made me avoid exercise. Nobody (that mattered) ever told me that I couldn’t do anything. It was time for me to stop being my own worst enemy…and I did.
I’ve signed up for my greatest fitness challenge so far: the Daytona 5K. Not because of the distance because I’ve already done that on my own and raced twice. Not because of the terrain because sand and mud are tricky, but asphalt should be a cinch. The tough part will be the weather. Not only will it be cold but windy as well because the speedway is always windy. If I never run another 5K again, this is the one that I must do. For the next three weeks, all my workouts will be in preparation for this race. So far the battle has been mostly a mental one but I’m going to solve that with a run this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve focused on cardio and strength training. On Monday and Tuesday, I spent time with my family. Wednesday was Cardio 360 from Holly Perkins’ Fitness 360 DVD with 5lb dumbbells, followed by the Yoga Energizer workout. Thursday was a CrossFit double session from Fitsugar with the Full-Body CrossFit Cardio workout and Crossfit Tabata Intervals. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! (My Fitness Revolution: Days 430 to 433)