Yesterday marked 10 months complete in my goal of an entire year of daily workouts. In baseball terms I would be just tagging third base.
This is a big deal, right? 304 consecutive days of sweat.
Yet I recall being much prouder of achieving Day 17, Day 39, Day 121. I remember WOOT WOOT’ing my achievements during those early days. But yesterday I was kind of, oh yeah, another month down. woohoo. Lower case.
On the one hand, I suppose I could look at my general ‘meh’ attitude towards this latest milestone as me no longer being excited that I’m sticking with the program because this is the new normal for me. I workout every day. It’s what I do. It’s my lifestyle. Nothing to see here. Move along.
And that is totally wicked cool.
On the other hand, WTF? When did I stop celebrating my successes?
Perhaps it’s because I noticed that I had gained a pound (as in exactly 1 lb) a few days after arriving in Vegas a couple weeks ago.
Or maybe it’s because I am frustrated that I haven’t seen more dramatic weight loss after 10 months of hard sweating and making better food choices.
If so, that’s pretty shitty. And also shallow.
Now I can hear the chorus of voices from you, dear readers, kind in tone – but aggressive in message – telling me to get real.
So it’s time for me to reality check myself.
Here’s what I can do, 304 days into this journey:
- I routinely climb 200+ floors on the stairmaster in a single session. By comparison, the CN Tower (formerly the tallest freestanding building in the world) is 147 floors.
- I can now complete workout DVDs in their entirety. The same ones that would see me taking breaks after first few exercises several months ago.
- I can run for 30 minutes without any rest or walk breaks. I may not be the fastest, but I’m proud all the same. A year ago I couldn’t run more than 3 minutes without stopping.
- I can climb mountains of 11,000’+, despite living, for the most part, at sea-level. My lungs rock!
- I am able to let go of anger and stress so much quicker now. My default position is one of optimism and happiness.
I have so much to celebrate.
Thank you all so much for your words of wisdom these past 10 months. When I need answers, or a reality check, I know I can come here and expect to get it from you.
That said, it’s pretty cool that today I was able to find my way on my own. Thank you for training me so well.