Well, we did it.
Heck, we THRIVED!
This morning, those of us who were leaving before breakfast on Sunday, had our assessments taken. Mine was the first appointment at 6am. No biggie anymore being up and going that early, as every day started with a warm-up at 6am. My assessment was initially disappointing. The readings were just a smidge different than my initial assessment, and after all that sweat equity, I expected to show at the very least a gain in muscle mass. I consulted with the Nutritionist/Dietician, and she felt there was something ‘off’ in my assessment. She wanted me to re-take it, if I wanted to. I did not. It was a revelation and a mental achievement for me to take a piece of paper with a bunch of numbers and just disregard it. Many women live or die by the scale. Why, you might ask? Because I know how my body FEELS. I know the shorts I wore the first day, which were bitingly tight, are now loose and comfortable. I know that my energy is up. I know that I’m happier and I have endorphins coursing through my veins. I know that my recovery after exercise is vastly improved. I know that when I walk up a flight of stairs, I am not winded. I know that my asthma has not bothered me once in the past couple of days.
So, after feeling a blue for a bit, I put on my game face to meet the challenge of ‘Last Chance Workout’.
It was brutal! The trainers all did the workout WITH us, as well as LEADING. First off was Symphony, who led the Zumba session. A half hour of Zumba, which I guess could kinda/sorta qualify for our ‘warm-up’…for the first 5 minutes! From then on, it was all sweating and hard breathing! Next up was Erin, who led a session in Dumbbells. An intense and invigorating weight session for another half hour. This was followed by Nikki and a half hour of her Les Mills Kickboxing class. Oh holy stars, at this point I didn’t think I’d finish! Not only did it drain my brain trying to master coordination, but it is INTENSE! I confess, I started to run out of steam at this point. But we still had the last chance of the ‘Last Chance’ workout, AMRAPs (as many rounds as possible) for 15 minutes. Squats, pushups, burpees and jumping jacks, and then to wrap it all up, a nice 15 mins of stretch and cool down.
After cool down, we had time to rehydrate, then jump right in to the last lecture class of the week, then lunch.
It was nice to have a break for once. I was able to go back to the room, shower and pack up my suitcase, leaving only what I needed for that night and morning behind. I was leaving before breakfast, since it was Fathers Day on Sunday. I wanted to be home in time to hang out with the family and make a nice meal for my loving husband and father of my two beautiful girls. There was plenty of time to get dressed for four o’clock Graduation and dinner, no rush, no sweat!
Graduation was emotional, inspiring and up-lifting. I have 30 new sisters in my family, all who encourage and motivate each other.
It’s hard to put in to words what this week was, and what it meant. How do you put in to words a mental reboot, and what it means to you? How do you describe what its like to go in to a week with 30 total strangers, and come out the other side feeling like you have 30 new sisters? I think I’ll save some of that for my final thoughts.
For now, I’m just going to revel in the accomplishment.