All Hot and Bothered

Good news! All this hard work is starting to pay off! I saw 129 on the scale today! Just 4 more lbs to go in the next 11 weeks and I’ll be at my racing weight again!

I took a rest day yesterday and caught up on the yard work and scanned a zillion photos from my school days for my 20 year class reunion this weekend. It was a day well spent.

I’m back on the horse today and decided to do my Billy Blanks AB Bootcamp DVD. I’m starting to see definition in the mirror especially along the obliques. It’s crazy! Even at my thinnest in college, I never had any definition there. I certainly wouldn’t have thought I could find it after having five kids- but slowly and surely the hard work is paying off! Sweet!

I sweated hard, felt the burn and took to heart when Billy said, “You have to lose yourself to find what you’re looking for” or something similar to that.  So, when it hurts, I let it and try not to back off.  Working on my mind this way really reminds me of going through natural childbirth five times.  The first time I was scared to death and even though I’d read all the books and practiced the breathing techniques, the pain was frightening, overwhelming and I struggled to keep my calm through the storm.  That was the only birth I cried at from the pain. 16 hours later, I saw the beautiful fruit of my labor and realized that each and every contraction had brought me to that point – the happy ending.

With each subsequent birth, my confidence in my body and my mind grew.  The labors got easier since I no longer fought the pain, but learned to allow it to wash over me like a waterfall. I knew the agony was my ally. It was helping me to reach my goal – a beautiful new baby.  By the time I had my fifth baby, I didn’t even need my husband to hold my hand or rub my back.  I just walked quietly or laid still relaxing into the waves of pain, melting like butter in a hot frying pan and letting the tension just go, despite the gripping pains.  That labor was barely 2 hours long and when I held my 9 lb 10 oz baby girl in my arms I felt that I’d achieved a new level of inner peace and calm no matter what is going on around me.

When I run long distances or really fast short distances, I think back to those labors. They hurt more than any other pain I’d ever experienced in my life, but I got through it and remembering that helps me to tap into the same mindset for running.

We can do so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Learn to “lose yourself” to find what you seek in your workouts.  The payoff really is worth it!

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