Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Boot Camp Update

There is so much to share that it is hard to know where to start...so I think I will start with an update on the famous boot camp!  The first of May, my coworkers and I joined a twice a week boot camp.  I wonder if we knew our muscles would be screaming at us for days after our work out, would we have joined?  About three weeks into our adventure, I had had it!!  Boot camp is on Monday's and Friday's. 

Well, it was the 3rd Friday, I remember thinking some pretty naughty words about the things our instructor was asking us to do...yah, like right?  What do you think I am? A monkey who is on steroids? Okay...honestly...I was thinking..."You have got to be .....kidding me!"  My body hurt!  And I was very discouraged.  No matter how much effort I put out, I was still the last one done.  I was hot! I was sweaty!  It was gross!  Crawling to the locker room, I found myself saying...no more...I can't do it!! 

The following Monday, I was prepared to talk to the instructor and quit! 
Now, I really wrestled with quitting, as I, by nature, am NOT a quitter.  But, I didn't think I had it in me to continue with this abuse of my body. 
At the beginning of every boot camp we do a warm up.  Typically these warm ups are a mile run...did I mention we work out at noon? and the runs are outside? Uh, ha...it has been a very warm summer.  On our first boot camp warm up, I could barely make it 1 time around the building (1/4 mile)...Well, that Monday...I ran 4 times around the building...a MILE...without stopping! 
I could hardly believe it!  Although, I couldn't physically jump for joy...my body was too tired, inside...I was shouting and dancing around!  You see, when I was going through cancer treatment, I had set a goal--I wanted to run a mile without stopping...sometime!  To think...the day I was going to quit...was the day I achieved my goal!!  Needless, to say, I didn't quit boot camp.  Monday's and Friday's, you will find me sweaty, sore, and challenged, trying to keep up with my boot camp class mates!

Q. Care to share a goal you have reached this summer?


Hester's Heart said...

Hi Kim,

I love this line, "the day I was going to quit was the day I achieved my goal." Way to go! Way to stick it out and persevere . . . even when it's hard. :)

Whoo hoo!! Love, Hester :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's awesome! Running midday is tough too.

Elayne said...

Hi Kim!
Oh I am so proud of you for running your first mile and for NOT quitting! You will be amazed at what your body is capable of doing..even after all we go through as survivors!

I am also that instructor who runs those boot camps and I would never have let you quit :) keep on going...it only gets better as you reach new goals!
Your friend~elayne

Nancy's Point said...

Very inspiring for me to read this because right now I'm struggling with the exercise and weight gain thing - which I partly attribute to Arimidex. Sometimes I swear that med is gluing fat cells onto my body. Good for you for achieving this goal and for doing boot camp!