stronger than yesterday

Today is Day 1 of a ten-day boot camp.  My workout this morning totally made my day.  Not because of the physical exercise, but because it reminded me of how much I love being physically active!  I had a particularly hard winter, not for any reason in particular.  I found it VERY hard to motivate myself to do anything active.  That was not a good feeling.  As summer approaches I feel ready to be healthy, strong and committed once again.

I did this same boot camp last year.  I pushed myself too hard, often doing 2 workouts a day.  Combined with all the exercise,  I also did a cleanse and cut out all dairy, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.  I was crazed.  At the end of two weeks, I had gained 2 pounds and lost no inches.  Total astonishment!  On the last day I found myself in tears.  Later, upon reflection, I realized that I missed the point…entirely!  I was stronger, faster and I had spent 10 days working out with an amazing group of women.  AMAZING women.

This year, my focus is entirely different.  One of my goals is to be supportive.    There are many women who are stepping outside their comfort zone, pulling on those workout pants and showing up.  I was so proud of them today.  It isn’t easy to start and the key is to just keeping going.  One more lap, one more push up, one more minute, one more day.  Those women inspire me to push a little harder.  I hope I can inspire them in some small way.

Here are my four goals for boot camp. They are simple and focused on overall health.

1.  Drink water.  {Goodness, when will this NOT have to be one of my goals.  I am so bad at it!!}

2.  Complete my training runs. {I am running a half marathon in August so I have training runs I need to complete.  This means an extra workout four of the ten days.}

3.  Plan to eat every 2-3 hours.  {No cleanse for me this year.  I am planning out meals and working to eat BEFORE I am starving.}

4. Be supportive and have fun! {I totally missed the fun last year.}

Everyone’s goals are different.  If you took on a challenge like boot camp, what would your goals be?

The only person you need to be better than…is who you were yesterday.   Stronger than yesterday.

Just keep moving.  xo-denise


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  1. Kelly says:

    I signed up for a boot camp again, too! It’s been 3 years-so my goal is to see if I can still do it….

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