I have been working out consistently 6 days a week and going really hard. At least 2-3 hours a day.
I know 2 hours sounds like a lot, but for me 2+ hours is necessary. Every exercise I do serves its purpose. Back in the day, I would work out whenever I could between work and school, and on Saturdays I would do my own solo triathlons just for fun. So, sometimes I got in 3-4 hours of working out a day. When people say they do not have time for it... I say baloney! Even if it is just a couple of times a week, for 30 minutes. There IS time!
Of course, I do not have a job right now, or kids, so I could work out for 8 hours if I wanted to. :) But, when I was working, going to school, and being an awesome girlfriend and wifey, I just made time for it. I would study while doing cardio on the treadmill, or sometimes even coerce my boss into doing a fitness video with me. And of course, Frankie was a fitness phenom, so we worked out all the time together. And if we weren't working out, we were snowboarding, rock-climbing, playing volleyball, ping-pong, basketball, swimming, surfing, or trying some other fun sport! We motivated one another perfectly.
This 2+ hours does not include my walks with my puppy wuppy doo doo. Those are usually around 30 - 45 minutes. On Sunday, I try to take it easy, but take a much longer walk/jog with Kai.
On top of that, I hired a personal trainer, who has given me a workout plan and some really fun, but really tough workouts a couple of times a week, and he is just really awesome. He knows I am really serious about this, and has actually mentioned once I lose the weight that I should do a fitness competition. He does them....and I can see that being a good goal, but first I have to lose 30+ pounds! ha!
It really has not been hard at all. It is amazing how much more energy I have. Even when I am not working out, I feel like I need to be doing something. Besides my intense workouts, I am eating the right balance of foods that my body is fueled the best by. I have always eaten clean, healthy, organic foods, but the last couple of years it has been hard to consistently feed myself right. My metabolism went all crazy because I started eating less frequently, and that on top of stress did me in. Now, I know that for me, I have to stay consistent.
I am not one of those girls who can get away with light workouts, and sort of eating healthy. I have to be all in. So, I am all in for the long-term! 8 weeks are going to fly-by, but even after that, I am so excited to maintain and even get better over time. Frankie and I were immensely inspired by Don Wildman. Seriously, if you have the time, click on his name and read the article about this man! Both Frankie and I aspired to be like him when we were old! I want to get back in shape so I can keep having more adventures like the ones Frankie and I had together.
I felt like I had lost a huge piece of who I was by not working out consistently. I absolutely love it. Always have. Now, there is no stopping me! It is so amazing because I had the drive to workout before Frankie died, but now it feels so different. Sometimes my workouts are pretty insane, but I smile the whole time because I know I push myself harder because of how blessed I feel to still have my body and spirit together. I am amazed really at all that our human form is capable of and know that Frankie would want me to use it to the up-most of it's abilities. I know he smiles every time I think to myself "Can't is a bad word." And of course his favorite, "Pain is only weakness leaving the body."
|This is just for my own personal motivation :) Every time I run, I think of this in my head!|