Last Friday I completed yet another 6 week session of boot camp.
I believe this was my most successful session yet. I did not miss a single class (5 days a week!) I never said I wanted to punch anyone in the face and I didn’t fart once during class, not even during the highly fartable workouts!
I was also committed to trying to hate running less (which is a goal I have every single session, but I can’t seem to shake the Running Hate. Probably because I’m so bad at it? And because I’m always the slowest one? And I hate the way it makes my lungs feel? And because it is the WORST?)
Since September of last year, I’ve lost 23 pounds, 19.5 inches. I can run a mile 1:50 faster (from 12:05 to 10:15) and I can do 35 push-ups, up from 7.
But that’s not the best part about this whole boot camp thing. Sure, the weight loss is awesome, but the confidence I’ve gained is worth more to me than lost pounds. I have always been the girl who says “I can’t.” I never would have never believed I would be able to run 3 miles, only strong, fit women can do that! I would have never believed I could complete a 365 rep challenge that includes 100 competition style burpees and finish in 23 minutes! I would have never believed that I could push a truck up a hill or do a handstand and not break my face. But guess what? I’m 178 pounds, 41 years old and I can do all of those things and THEN SOME. I may not be the fastest, or the strongest, but that doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that I no longer tell myself “I can’t” because I finally believe that I can.
(my boot camp sisters. So grateful for each one of them!)
I start a new session on Monday and my only goal this time is to do better than I did last time. I will push myself harder
, feed myself better and enjoy every minute of getting healthier and stronger. (And hopefully faster? Because Oh, how I want to run a mile in under 10 minutes!)
I love this for you Y! Discovering that you and your body can do so much more than you ever thought has been my favorite part of my fitness journey too. So life changing!
That is awesome! I’m super jealous.
You go, girl! Also, what is a burpee?
You are amazing.
I’m an “I can’t” girl myself and have always been terrified of boot camp. But maybe, just maybe…you have convinced me to try it…
While I am disappointed about lack of farting, I am so proud of you. You are finding yourself and that is amazing. You are an encouragement to me.
You are awesome!
Seriously, this is kick ass. I can and I have and I will feels so good for so many things — I can’t imagine how it feels with respect to a body. You’ve made that happen. Rock on, Y. So awesome.