My Life Is Better

1695_10151800284223496_749103531_nThere has been a lot of sadness and loss in my life these last few months, so I’m making sure that every day in May I take the time to tell at least one person “Thank You” in some significant way.

It is no secret that I love Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp. I talk about it all the time, and I check in almost every day on Facebook. The other morning, someone mentioned that a new member in the class thought that I was “intimidating” and therefore avoided sitting in my general vicinity.


I’ve been doing this so long now, and I’ve made such huge changes in my life because of boot camp, that I often forget how far I’ve come. Let’s all look back at the first thing I ever wrote about boot camp. This is my favorite quote:

But do I feel better in general? No. I’m hurting and I’m tired and I’m grumpy because I have to do it again tomorrow. This is why I tell people I’m inherently lazy – I think my body is actually happier when I’m sitting on my ass.

When I started boot camp 2+ years ago I hadn’t tried to run regularly in years. Now, I would sign up for the periodic race hoping it would inspire me to train, but it never did. I would run the race with no training and suffer the entire time. I was wearing clothes 3-4 sizes bigger than I wear now. I was an emotional mess for a million reasons, not the least of which was from grieving of losing my Dad. I was a physical mess for a million reasons as well, finding it difficult to even walk my dog. I did a handful of pushups on my knees before collapsing in agony. I couldn’t hold a plank for more than 30 seconds. I used 5lbs dumbbells and still couldn’t shoulder press for a full minute. I ran a 10:30+ mile at my SUPER-MAKE-MYSELF-THROW-UP Fastest.

I’m fairly certain no one would find that person intimidating.

Since then I’ve planked for 4+ minutes, I’ve held a squat for 2-minutes. I can should press 12lb dumbbells for a full minute…IN MY SLEEP, and I can do 25 full pushups without pausing for a break. When I’ve given myself a break every so often, I’ve been able to do 100 pushups in less than 10 minutes. (I haven’t tried that challenge in awhile. I’m pretty sure I could do it closer to 5 now.) I periodically go to a Body Pump class where I can lift more than some of the instructors. I’ve run 2 marathons, 3 ultramarathons, and several half-marathons.

All in the 2+ plus years since I started boot camp.

All because of boot camp. And it wasn’t just about the exercise. That’s where it started. The exercise started to give me the confidence I needed to make more advancements in my life. But it was also about the friendship. I look forward to seeing this group of women on a regular basis, I look forward to meeting new women in the group, I look forward to taking on new challenges with these women and holding each other accountable.

So – my Note of Thanks today is to Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp. I would not be the person I am today with out Joe – the trainer, and without my friends…both new and old…in the class. I wish everyone coming for the first time could read that first entry I wrote and then see me doing one-arm presses with 24lbs and see the potential the class has for them. I wish they could see us laughing at movie night at my house and know those friendship were built over squats and pushups. I’m so glad I opened myself up to the experience and let it change me in so many positive ways. I was terrified my first day. Terrified every day for a while. I almost didn’t go SEVERAL times. But because I did…because I took the chance opened myself up to the experience…my life was forever changed for the better.

3 thoughts on “My Life Is Better”

  1. Heck yeah! I started my fitness journey about a year after yours, and I recognize a lot of the same ideas. I recently took 3 weeks off because of an injury, and really had to convince myself to go back. But after that first class, I felt amazing and totally remembered that I love being sore so much more than stiff and grumpy.

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