Thursday, June 21, 2012

Gunnar Challenge - Mid Way

Wow! What a cool challenge, I feel so blessed to be able to participate in it. I am enjoying the challenge for many reasons. First and foremost it has helped me workout in the gym, and not feel like a complete dork not knowing what I'm doing.

The video examples and workouts have been laid out that I get them done, quickly, and with no guess work at all. It has made me more aware, of the choices I make, and the food I'm putting in my body. If I go off track, I come back much faster. I don't have to make bad choices all day. I can have a bad meal, and then make the rest of the day good. I just have to know that I'm paying for it later via cardio or more of the "extra mile" as Gunnar calls it.

My kids were plagued with hand foot and mouth disease last week, and it is a horrible ridiculous sickness, and I was able to get a couple workouts in. I made some slothlike choices, and didn't do so well some days.  But what I couldn't get to the gym to do, I could do from home, because there isn't a ton of equipment that is necessary to complete the workouts.

I love the daily Video Vitamins they are a source of inspiration and something to look forward to and learn from daily, not to mention that Gunnar has quite the sense of humor.

My weight loss has been slow and steady, not fast and furious like I would like, but my body is changing, I'm getting stronger, and a few pounds off is better than a few pounds ON!

 Flat out I am the reason the pounds don't fall off, but better than beat myself up, I'm trying to learn why I go completely Tazmanian Devil at the buffet on the weekends? One day I will learn, and as I follow you people that are successfully doing this challenge I will eventually drill it into my thick skull.

There have been about 12 inches that have melted off my body, which is ridiculously cool. The big change and struggle is still in my own head. Slowly but surely, I am learning. My health and me are just as important as everything and everyone else in this family. PERIOD! If I don't take care of me and my health I won't be able to take care of the kids later. Special needs children are hard on parents, and it is absolutely necessary to them that I am in the best health that I can be, I have had cancer and beat it, but there is so much more to my health than just beating cancer. I have to keep it out of me, and keep all my other parts in the best shape possible.

 The absolute best part of this whole thing is that it is making me feel like a better mom, wife, and friend. Yes, I'm doing something for myself, but I am giving the "extra mile" to everything in my life, a lot more than I ever did before. Yes, there is always room for improvement, and I am my own biggest saboteur but the athlete is starting to kick the saboteurs ass sometimes! Thanks Gunnar and Betsey, and Stephanie, and Deanna for RUNNING this path with me, I'm looking forward to what the next 3 weeks brings! My kids go back to school after 2 weeks at home with me ALLLLLLLL DAY! I am going to kick it up a couple of notches and really crush it, because I CAN!


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