Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.
Well, I’ve just completed Dustin’s “30 Days of Awesomeness” challenge and thought I would post my final journal entry here instead of just writing on the closed Facebook page.
I decided to participate in the challenge for a couple of reasons. One was to see what would happen if I started keeping a food journal again, as well as trying some of the recipes provided for those accepting the challenge. The second reason was to see what would happen if I tried to maybe step out of my comfort zone. Definitely not one of my strong points.
The working out part of the challenge was easy. I generally worked out 4-5 times a week already. I’ve been changing the way I work out for the past year, utilizing more intensity bursts rather than long cardio. That, combined with the food journaling and recipes, allowed me to lose about 6.5 pounds. That rounds out to about a pound a week which I’ve read is the healthy way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss. Additionally, I increased my pushups from 33 to 40, my plank time from 1:33 to 2:10, my squat sits from 67 to 77 and maintained my burpees at 22. I also went down a waist size. The tricky part here is now my old pants seem really loose and my new waist size feels a little tight. What to do? I figure I’ll stay with the new waist size so I’ll know I’m doing well if this new size starts to feel a little loose. Makes sense… I think.
Stepping out of my comfort zone was much more difficult for me. I have a great deal of insecurity, stems from (among other things) an incident that happened to me in my youth. I wrote a blog entry about that a while ago, but if you missed it you can read it here. One of the great things about the closed Facebook group, utilized in the challenge, was to discover how so many of us suffer from some degree of insecurity. Just as in boot camp everyone was so encouraging and supportive. It was really great to read the page daily.
Oh well, back to me. One of the things I mentioned in my journal entry was how uncomfortable I was wearing my boot camp shirt. I wasn’t making the kind of progress I thought I should be so I felt undeserving. Wearing that shirt made me feel like a walking advertisement and I didn’t want to be a bad commercial for Dustin. However, with the encouragement of the people on Facebook and boot camp, I actually wore my boot camp shirt to work out at my health club the other day. This was one step, well maybe a baby step, outside of my comfort zone. The next step was a big step for me.
I cannot do a pull up. However, outside of class, I’ve been afraid to try. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself hanging there from a bar where all could see. Today, though, I took Dustin’s advice and said to myself. So what, who cares? I blocked everyone out and went for it, and, guess what? I still couldn’t do one. Hey but I tried. At my health club they have the TRX straps but they don’t hang them from the ceiling. They have this independent rack that they hang from. I jumped up, grabbed the top of the rack, and tried to pull myself up. I almost made it, but just missed doing a full pull up. I didn’t give up and drop off though. Instead I held myself the way we do in class, bent at the elbow, and I brought my knees up and made myself hang there as long as I could. The next time I work out at the club I’ll do it again except I’m going to try at the beginning of the workout when I’m fresh and not at the end when I’m tired.
Now the important thing about my taking these steps is that I’ve done them after the “30 Days of Awesomeness Challenge” was over. Just goes to show that maybe you just need a little encouragement and support to push you and get you started in the right direction.