I finished what I set out to do and that is a great feeling. Accomplishing a goal always feels good and learning things along the way is even better. Nothing profound or shocking just little things that I kinda already knew but experiencing something is a better lesson than just knowing.
#1 – working out every day is not good for the body…rest days are important!
When I started this personal challenge I thought I could do a workout a day because, come on the W/O’s were only 24-30 minutes each. LOL, I realized after 14 days that I was not going to be able to continue with the daily pace so I re-worked the challenge to include 5 days of W/O’s and 2 days rest. This was much more comfortable for me.
#2 – I am physically stronger than I realized.
I have been working out consistently for 2 years now, intermittently before that. 2012 however I decided that I would push past my limits. I knew I could do a little bit more but I held back in the comfort zone. Doing these DVD W/O’s at the advanced level proved to me that I am strong<–strong for me may not be strong for you . Moves that I was unable to achieve when I first bought the DVD’s were easy for me…which leads me to…
#3 – don’t place limits on myself
just because I am unable to master a move today does not mean I will never master it. I have proven to myself during this challenge that I am capable of improving my physical AND mental strength. The following move is not on the DVD’s but it is a move I have been avoiding for fear of falling and hurting myself. I was very proud of this moment a few days ago!
#4 – if Jillian Michaels showed up at my door to train me I would hide! <–then I’d freak out
These DVD’s of hers are no joke! They are multi-level, with modifications so anyone can use them but they are also tough!!! Even the level 1′s are tough if you push to your max and follow the advanced moves. And as Jillian is always saying: if it’s not hard enough do more, add weights, jump higher, go faster…
#5 – scheduling workouts is not such a bad idea after-all
I was never one to write down and map out a W/O plan. I just worked out when I wanted and rested when I wanted. I now see some value in having a plan. It really did keep me on track, having the W/O’s written down in my journal. (and seeing those rest days written down was nice too!)
#6 – Jillian is a great motivator and mentor. <—-definitely knew this!
I listen to what she says during the W/O’s and I listen to her Podcasts on iTunes. I call her sayings ‘Jillian-isms’. Some of them are said exactly when I need to hear them like this one “you don’t need to dumb yourself down to make anybody else feel better”. Now I have heard that one said every time I did that particular DVD but something was said to me a few nights before this and it just resonated at the right time! I don’t need to defend myself or what I am sharing in order to make someone else feel better…they need to make themselves feel better.
I’m sure there are more things I learned this month but I think you get the picture here. Learn to motivate yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Set up your own challenge and see what you are capable of. Try it for a week then extend it if you like it.
did you challenge yourself this month?