Don't Make Change too Complicated: Just Begin!

Friday, April 13, 2012

What Needs to Get Stronger are My Weakest Parts!

Did you ever feel that you asked your trainer for more work in a moment of insanity......and then regretted it later?  Well Cece was there this afternoon.

 And as she got back home, after barely making it up her 20 steep steps, she saw a sign in her house and cursed.  It read,  " I had forgotten that there's something incredibly satisfying in hitting a wall, then hauling yourself over it.  Pretty?  No.  Satisfying? Yes."  She had just leg pressed 266 pounds until failure...then pressed 240 more to failure...then did hamstring curls that curled her hair until failure..much more topped off by fast running sprints in circuits.

All the old people at the gym, who never break a sweat , watched her drip and suffer and grunt....and many came over and asked her WHY?  Why are you doing this?  What could she say?  How could she explain?  First of all, she had no breath to explain.  So, she figured a New York eye roll would suffice along with a shrug of the shoulders.

And as Cece grunted and cursed at the dreaded hamstring curl machine, one little man  came over and told her this as she dragged her butt toward the next circuit:

"I have PTSD from the war and when I have an episode, I just tell myself I will eventually get through it.  Even though you are so tired and suffering , why not tell yourself that you will eventually get through this too ?"

As Cece huffed and puffed  and dripped sweat on the floor as she listened, she realized the wisdom of these words.  She could make it through and it was certainly not as bad as what this man went  through.Wise advice from a kind hearted person who had to face real pain and suffering and its aftermath.

It just put things in perspective.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Everything Takes Work!

It has been a long hellish month since I have last checked in...and it has been a very difficult one.  I have been trying to juggle a sick cat, a sick dad, a sick client and her passing on Monday, loosing weight, working out, cycling, interviewing for new jobs, job hunting and my regular crisis driven job.

Many have been asking, "How is your training going?"  The answer is..."It could be better!"  However, I am happy to report, I am still on track and moving forward.

I have lost 13 pounds of the 20 I want to loose before the time trial (last you knew it was 10.2)  and have a bit more than a month to loose the remaining 7 pounds...which is manageable for me.

 I have been cycling indoors and out and now have the time and energy to put more effort into the suffering that it will take.  I found out that they put me into a higher age category because  I will hit that higher age category before Dec. 31st which is their method.  Not  sure if this is good or bad....except that there are 3 others in my new category and only one other in my previous category.  So, I would have been guaranteed a winning place and been able to go to Las Cruces for the State I have to work for it.  But, I would really have it no other way...since everything takes work.

On April 26/27 my office is moving me to our Northeast location and that will afford me easier access to"the hills are alive" and more climbing opportunities.  I can bring my bike to work and go out afterwards with the sun shining and longer light...or even go out at lunch!  OK!   I am embracing the change!