Tonight, I did BodyCombat at o2 Fitness. Wow, what a workout! It was basically a mix of taekwondo, karate, boxing, tai chi, and muay thai. I was sweating up a storm and really pushing myself. This class is definitely one of those "it's as hard as you want it to be" classes. You can do wimpy jabs and just go through the motions or you can put your heart into it and really throw yourself into all of the movements. I chose option number two and made every motion count. The teacher was really into it and was really good at pushing us to go harder. She reminded me of Jillian Michaels but maybe that's just wishful thinking since I am now addicted to the Biggest Loser.
|Ada the Terminator|
Before: 258 lbs
After: 159 lbs
During Week 7 of Season 10, the contestants trained with the Marines on base. One Marine repeated a "mantra" that I think is particularly relevant to my training, as well as anyone else who is seeking to achieve a goal: "Do not quit. Do not give up." So simple, and yet very powerful. That phrase is easy to remember and will always come to my mind when I think I want to stop during a run or not finish the last reps of my strength training. Completing any race is not just a physical test, but a mental one as well, and I will need to work on training my mind as well as my body to complete this half (yes, I just came to this realization). Having these short phrases of encouragement will remind me to keep focused and have my eyes on the prize (or the finish line).
In the second to last episode, the top four finalists ran a marathon. YES, that's right, a marathon. Ada finished the marathon in 4 hours and 38 minutes, setting a new Biggest Loser record for fastest female time. That is definitely faster than I would probably be able to do one right now (if I could even do one). It just goes to show that hard work, focus, and having good concrete goals can help you achieve more than you ever thought possible.
My current goals are:
Run 5 miles in under 45 minutes
Beat Ada's mile time (from the show) of 7:35
and the obvious one: complete the VA Beach Half Marathon in 55 days!
Thank all of you who follow this blog...it helps keep me motivated! You all are my inspiration!
Here is what's on tap for Week 5:
4 m run
2 m run or cross
4 m run +
6 m run