Competing with Myself: 90 Day Challenger

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Week 12 Day 77

I have not been on my “A” game the last several weeks.  I have had so much happen all at once.  I had an illness in the family that resulted in a death in the family.  My cousin was diagnosed with cancer in his liver within three weeks of that diagnoses they called in Hospice, within four days of that call he died.  On top of all that I also was trying to play the role of every adult (both mom and dad) at home.  This means all the cleaning, yard work and household tasks like paying the bills etcetera all fell upon me to deal with in addition to my job.

This isn’t my first rodeo as they say when it comes to playing the dual role of being all the adult/parent roles at home.  I have done this numerous times in a nearly 20 year career as a military spouse.  However, this is my first time trying to do everything and be everyone to include my own person with my own goals.  Now I see how I got lost for so many years and let myself go.

I fell into this rut trying to play all these roles and finally was too tired to be me with the health and fitness goals I have.  Such a shame!

So I am sad to report that while dId work out at home and got quite the exercise in with all the lawn work and household chores to be done, that I missed two weeks of my Muay Thai and Cardio classes.

No worries, my sister plans to give me quite the workout every single day for a week straight while she and I are visiting.  I am sure that upon my return to normal Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing classes, that I will be whipped into the shape I should have been in by this week.

I am grateful that I have not gained a single pound, but am sad to say that my inches have not changed either since last week.

I continue to eat healthy, with lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  I also drink plenty of water to maintain hydration.  When I do workout, if it is indoors I keep it rather cool so that I can sweat without risking overheating.  If I workout outside, I check to see what the weather and heat index is going to be like.  I keep my outdoor activities to the cooler hours first thing in the morning and at the end of the day in the coolest part of the evening.

Once I have completed a outdoor workout, I drink 16 oz. of water followed by 8 oz. of power-aid/gator-aid to help replenish my electrolytes.

I will be sharing pictures along with videos in the coming last two weeks of my 90 day challenge of me working out, cooking and training with my sister who has been in MMA for over a year, possibly two years.  (I’ll have to get back to you on that).  She is a beast! I mean that in the nicest lovingly way possible, especially since she could box my behind into the next century.(LOL Smiley Face!!!)

She won’t take it easy on me and she will make me work hard, just like my coaches do.  I am excited to be able to share this time of fitness and sister bonding moments through Muay Thai and Kickboxing with you.  No worries, it is all for training so there is no need for any referees, since we won’t be sparing in any cage matches.

I hope that you’ve seen some of my ups and downs, my wins and losses… and that it has helped you to realize that it is hard and takes a lot of work, focus, dedication and determination when it comes to health and fitness. The longer I waited to do get to this point in my own journey, the harder I made the leap back into being a healthy and fit version of me.  I hope that you will not wait, I hope that you will give yourself the time and dedication to your own journey that you need.  Remember you are only trying to be a better you today than you were yesterday.  You are NOT competing with anyone, you are only competing with yourself!

I am so exhausted from working out at home and trying to make up for missing classes due to my grown-up responsibilities.  I am also hoping that if I work harder at home, it will motivate me to find a way to never let life interrupt me again from attending any of my classes!   Trying to find ways to keep my focus, even when I feel like life if handing me the towel to throw in.  I’m not willing to go out like that.

I am going to keep that towel that life threw at me, and use it to wipe the sweat from my brow!!!


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