Saturday, January 17, 2015

Journey to FIT—Week 9

Originally posted on November 15, 2014 on

What’s more difficult than a FXB workout?

A FXB workout in Week 9.

What’s more difficult than a FXB workout in Week 9?

A FXB workout in Week 9 when you have a cold and the dreaded lady-cramps.

This was the kind of week when I just wanted to curl up on the couch and get all sappy with a Jane Austen movie marathon. But... now I’m a FXB member. Level 10 is not achieved by whining over a stuffy nose under a heating pad while yelling at Lizzy to just give the wonderful Mr. Darcy a chance!

Level 10 is achieved by rolling myself out the door, stepping onto the blue and red mat, and giving more than I did the last time I was there.

I’m proud of myself this week, and I think I can use it as a lesson for other areas of my life. I was given an ample supply of excuses this week to take a break. I know breaks are OK, and sometimes even just what the body/mind needs, however the point of this whole 10 week challenge for me was to push myself farther than I would normally. So I didn’t just go to the workouts and go through the motions. When I thought, “Burpees. Ugh. I’ll just not do them.” I did them anyway. I didn’t pass out and I was happy that I pushed past my self-imposed limit.

I had a similar limit imposed on myself these last few weeks with my writing. I’m almost done with the manuscript for my third novel. Yes it’s been difficult for me to find a writing groove with my new schedule (and for a while my fingers hurt too much to type), but these last couple weeks I realized I was avoiding it on purpose. I thought about it and realized that there are some very specific personal reasons I don’t want to come to the end of this novel. Once I acknowledged my roadblock, I was able to work through the situation and start writing again.

There are so many areas in our lives where we put up blockers. Sometimes it’s out of habit, sometimes it’s because of an issue lying deep in our subconscious, and sometimes it’s just because we’re scared.

Life deserves a Level 10 effort every day. And when you need a break, just figure out a way to do it at a Level 10—which is achieved by not beating yourself up the next day for doing exactly what your body/mind needed!

I wish I could say that I’m now going to curl up on the couch, but it’s a gymnastics kind of day with my daughter. Maybe tomorrow...

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