Stronger than you think.
I have been working out consistently in SOME way since 2012. I started running that year, but I think I also did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred—it was killer and I remember only using 3 lb. weights for most of the workouts. I was embarrassed to really talk about it with my family, and I definitely didn’t post about it on the internet.
I have come a LONG way since then :)
For the past year, I have been really into kettlebell. I love the workouts you can do with it and I was seeing good results from going to classes & doing workouts at home, but last week I decided to change it up & invested in Beachbody again. Mostly because I would like to pursue becoming a Coach once more (did it before but stopped because I knew I wasn’t in the right mindset), but I also needed a change. It’s not that I haven’t seen change in my body over the past year; I definitely have, but I needed something new to shock my body into changing more.
When your body stops changing and you’re doing the same stuff over and over again, it’s time for a change in routine.
So I signed up and dove into LIIFT4, which is primarily a lifting program which I LOVE. I can already tell after just one week that this program is EXACTLY what I needed to prompt change!!! My body is sore in the best way that I haven’t had in a LONG time…AND I had to increase my weights right away because all of the moves were too easy.
Yes, too easy.
I barely broke a sweat or felt challenged on Day 1, which is so crazy to me!!!! I was using 8 lb. weights, so I went and bought 10 lbs. And even THOSE are not super challenging right now!! Which actually isn’t very surprising to me considering that I use 12 & 15 lb. kettlebells on the regular ;) But I also don’t have space for every single set of weights out there, so I’m going to have to head back to the gym to do these workouts at some point.
I tell you all of these things not to brag, but because I was so nervous for the longest time to lift heavy & challenge myself. Not because I was afraid of getting bulky—WOMEN, YOU NEED TO IGNORE THAT MYTH!—but because I just didn’t think I could lift that heavy. Turns out, I am so much stronger than I think, and I can probably lift a LOT heavier than I am even lifting right now, I just don’t have the means at home to try.
Strength doesn’t come from what you do, strength comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
That quote resonates with me so much. Because I know I have come a long way with my strength:
I never thought I could lift heavy, but here I am working my way up to curling 12+ lb. weights, and using 15 lb. kettlebells daily.
I never thought I could run more than 1 minute, but I’ve finished 11 (almost 12) half marathons and 1 full marathon, plus countless of 5K’s and other races.
I never thought I could do a plank for more than 10 seconds, but I’ve held a 4:30 plank more than once and do 1 minute planks multiple times a week.
I never thought I could do push-ups, but I do them almost every day.