I am one happy camper!!! Why? Because yesterday I was able to complete 30 minutes of the world-famous INSANITY workout. I am a certified INSANITY Instructor so why is this such an amazing feat? Because on January 24, 2014 I had surgery on my foot and was sidelined from impact exercise for 10 weeks. This is my first week of getting back into the groove of things.
Did I have to modify?! Yup! Was I slow as all get out? Yup! Was I sucking wind? Yup! Did I take some breaks! Yup, sure did! Could I teach an INSANITY class like back in the day? Nope! But am I still proud? Heck yea! Because 10 weeks ago it felt like this day would never come and just 6 days ago, I wondered I how could possibly be back at square one so fast.
I made up my mind last weekend that on this Monday, I would try to make it through the warm up come hell or high water and just keep doing it each day until I felt I was ready to do more. And guess what? I absolutely positively STUNK, not just Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday. I wanted to say forget this! I mean what was the point, it obviously wasn’t working. But the coach in me spoke up and said “no, keep going.”
On Thursday, I started noticing I was a little better and yesterday I said, well let me see if I can make it through the stretch and the 1st interval and I DID! Was I in anyway close to my normal performance? Nope! Was a part of me disappointed? Yup! Because I want to be back to normal like yesterday - I'm impatient just like anyone else. But the coach in me knows better. She knows that this is all a part of the process.
When you start anything new (or again), you suck, there's just no bones about it. We know it and yet we hate it and sometimes that keeps us from even attempting (but that's for another blog). I pushed myself to start any way because I have seen this movie before and I know how it ends. Despite what my feelings say I KNOW in my heart of hearts that if I keep at it I WILL get better. I will be able to make it through the whole workout. I will be able get my speed back and I will be able to teach again. That’s what you have to tell yourself – this is my beginning, not my end! Your feelings will betray you because they are looking at your circumstances – what you can’t do – but faith knows your potential. You must fight your fears with faith!
My message to you is: Do what you can do, control what you can control. If you've experienced an injury or have just gotten off track because life happens, it will take time to get back to where you were. BUT if you just keep at it you WILL get there. Keep the faith and stay in the fight!
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