… you just get stronger.

We’ve all heard that saying, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.”  I always assumed that at some point exercise would at least FEEL easier. I’m learning that “easy” is not the point of exercise.

Today was nothing new, Eccentric Lower and Ab Ripper X3, and it felt just as hard and I was just as tired and just as sweaty as ever. 

However, I finally noticed something. I noticed that I wasn’t as sloppy with the motions. Instead of stumbling and falling and tapping my toes to the ground, which I did do a little bit mostly, mostly I was going through the movements smoothly. I was squatting lower, reaching further, and tapping less. 

Even with the pistol squats which I abhor!

During Ab Ripper, I was keeping up, holding my positions, finishing every rep. I didn’t collapse halfway through a move. I did every rep. I didn’t pause. I didn’t skip. I hung in there until the end.

When did I start doing this? Somehow this happened while I was too distracted looking for a hint of abs!

Nothing got easier. It doesn’t really even FEEL easier, but I have definitely gotten stronger.

Hang in there everyone! Happy weekend! 

And Floridians, stay safe! You are in my prayers. Already donating to Team Rubicon so they can help with relief.  I’ll write a post about them if anyone is interested. It is important to know who you are donating to and how your money is being used. I want all of mine to go to those in need! Stay safe everyone!

Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

Let’s Not Say “Can’t”

I love my yoga days! Even though I still fall over sometimes when I try it.

I’ve been doing X3 Yoga since the start of the program, and I still stumble. I’m getting better! I can actually stand in Warrior 3 for awhile. I can’t quite look up in Half Cresent from there, but I also am not falling as often.

I still can’t do Crow.

No. Wait. Let’s not say can’t.

Can’t is admitting defeat, and I am not defeated, I’m just struggling.

Two months ago I was struggling with Warrior 3, and what did I say just a moment ago? Now I can.

We all struggle somewhere. Struggles just mean we are learning. We should never give up over struggles. Instead, we have to keep trying. Keep struggling. Until we are strong enough to overcome.

I struggle with many things, both fitness related and not. However, I’m going to try my best to stay positive. As cheesy as it sounds, I only fail if I stop trying.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Do The Yoga!

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I am quoting MY Beachbody coach here, for he has his moments of great wisdom. (Hi Rob 😉 )  Do the yoga!

When you finally make that commitment to workout, sometimes it can feel that every day has to be an intense day.  I’ll be honest, I was like that for my first month.  All through phase one of P90X3, if there was a “light” day, I would add a 2 mile run so I felt like I worked hard.

The thing is, the body NEEDS light days so it can heal itself from all the beatdown it took during your intense days. Monday and Tuesday were INTENSE days for me, and let me tell you I FEEL it.  Everything is tight!  When I saw X3 Yoga on my schedule I was SO relieved.

After stretching for 30 minutes I’m feeling a lot better. No run for me today, I have to let those muscles relax and rebuild.  I’ll have plenty of work for them tomorrow.

No matter what you do for your workouts, if you are a gym goer, or a runner, or a Beachbody person like me, I really hope that you save a day during the week were you dial it down a little and stretch.  Getting healthy means taking care of yourself and listening to your body when it needs to slow down and heal.

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday!  I am off to explore a carousel museum with some friends and their kiddos.  I’m not really sure what to expect, I mean, carousels are fun when functioning, but kinda creepy when they are just sittin around.  Should be a good day!