My son joined the Army last summer straight out of high school. I will never forget how excited he was the day he called and told me he had his dream job. He was going to be a combat medic. The only words I heard was combat.
I was happy that he was so excited, I was a wreck on the inside and turned to an old best friend….FOOD! I put on the weight, I lost the mindset that had made me so happy and I threw myself into coaching everyone else AND NOT taking care of myself.
Don’t get me wrong! I was still going through the motions. I did my workouts. I did the meal plans. I drank my water. I read my personal growth books. I just didn’t let them sink in. I was too caught up in waiting for the phone call from my son. I never knew when it would come and that was ALL I thought about. I was an emotional wreck. 😦
I finally realized that my son was truly happy and that I could let him go, so to speak, when I went to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio with my daughter to watch him graduate from AIT. He was NOW officially a Combat Medic in the Army. The look on his face gave me the peace I needed to start focusing on myself again. I just wasn’t sure how or where to start again.
I will never forget the night I spoke to a friend and fellow coach on my team about Insanity Max 30. She told me to get off my duff and do it with her. I was one day behind her start day. I thought she was crazy. I mean…I couldn’t put any pressure on my hand or elbow. I had carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery in December and it wasn’t healing the way it should. It still hurt to use my hand to roll out of bed. How was I supposed to do pushups?
Somehow, and I am not sure how, I ended up agreeing to do Insanity Max 30, one of the longest programs I have ever committed to, even though I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Now, I admit that when I first started this program in Wichita, KS, I was still on vacation, but I did not want to wait and give myself a chance to change my mind. I took my photos in my daughter’s hall way and I sat down after ward and cried. I couldn’t believe I had let myself get back there again. Almost ALL of the progress I had made in the last 2 1/2 years was gone! 😦
I went out to my daughter’s living room and started day 1. That was a hard one for me. I was out of shape (again), I couldn’t breathe (again) and I hurt like crazy. But I was determined to make a difference and make sure that this time I didn’t throw it ALL away. I was not going to sabotage myself again!
My first day of doing Cardio Challenge I maxed out at 8:31. This just means that I pushed myself as hard as I could and took my first break 8:31 into the workout. I had to stop when they started doing planks and pushups. There was NO WAY that I could do them. It hurt so much!
Fast forward to sixty days later….there were a few workouts that I was able to do the entire 30 minutes without maxing out! Yes! Yes! Yes! How? This program helped with my rehab for my hand. I started small, I modified the modifier and it helped stretch my hand and elbow out again. I now can put pressure on my hand without being in excruciating pain. I am able to do pushups and planks, granted they are modified on my knees but I am doing them.
Yes, I got some AMAZING results with Insanity Max 30 BUT I am truly more thankful for the use of my hand and elbow again. I am thankful that I am no longer in pain anymore. I am thankful that I never gave up and kept going. I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my abilities in this program.
I have heard so many times from people that I have asked to join challenges with me that they can’t do it because they can’t move or it is too hard of a program. I have heard that you CAN’T get results from a program if you MODIFY.
AND I am here to say YOU ARE WRONG! I modified this ENTIRE program. I NEVER went to the floor for pushups until half way through because I was modifying the modifier. AND I GOT SOME AMAZING RESULTS!
I LOST 8.4 lbs!!!
I LOST 11% of my body fat!!!
I LOST 18.75 inches!!!!
So please stop limiting yourself as I was doing. You can do anything you set your mind to.
The LAST day to join my next challenge Bad Ass Beauties** is May 15th. Space is limited as I want to keep this a small focus group of women who are ready to turn it on and make some HUGE changes in their lives.
**Requirements to join
~You MUST sign up with me as your coach
~You MUST be using a Beach body program and/or drinking Shakeology
~This challenge will be run in the challenge track app.
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