I need challenges. In fact, I lust after challenges. At the end of the day, being the lazy and unmotivated person I can be when left to my own devices, challenges get me moving and making things happen. Over the years many of those challenges have been internal things, but recently I have rediscovered my love of external challenges. For instance, part of the joy in being part of a performance group or having a burlesque show coming up is that having a set performance date pushes me to get better, and quickly.
When I found out about our group trip to Puerto Rico in July for the salsa congress, I was very excited, and my thoughts quickly turned to my fitness levels as they currently stand, and where I want them to be before the trip. There is a mismatch there, and it needs to be addressed. Now, I believe strongly in what could be described as the Law of Attraction viewpoint, that what you think influences what you bring into your life. Therefore, I would (and will) be careful to say that I do not dislike my body. On the contrary, I am quite proud of my body and what it has enabled me to do over the years. I am pretty strong, I eat fairly healthily and have for many years, and I am comfortable in my own skin – you figure I must be, I *do* take my clothes off on stage after all! And of course, my body has not once but TWICE created, birthed and nurtured two beautiful and delightful children, all with hardly any intervention at all. I believe in my body and its ability to support what I need to do. However, over the years I have not given it quite the attention and challenges that it deserves. I am strong, but I can be stronger. My flexibility is okay, but I know I can do more. I can provide my body better quality fuel on a regular basis.
A few things came together recently and so when I saw that Craig Ballantyne would be running another Turbulence Training body transformation contest starting in May, I knew I had to do it. See, I read Craig’s blog on a regular basis, and I have a great deal of respect for him an his training philosophies. No “women shouldn’t lift more than 3 pounds” bullshit from him, thank you very much. In fact, I think I first came across his blog through Stumptuous.com, the BEST women’s weight lifting site bar none. She’s not only informative but also really fucking hilarious! The challenge runs for 12 weeks, so I will still be doing it during the Puerto Rico trip, but I should be in pretty damn good shape by then, so it’s an excellent confluence. And I’ve been needing an extra push to stay clean with my eating for sure. Combine that with finally using fitday.com to track my food and fitness, and having a blog to write it all up so maybe others can benefit from it, and really the decision couldn’t be easier.
This doesn’t mean that the challenge itself will be easy. I haven’t worked out on a regular basis in a long time, and I’ve definitely been struggling with eating clean lately. Plus of course I am a married mother of two small kids, with a long ass commute (3 hours total daily) and a full time day job, plus of course the salsa rehearsals and other commitments and hobbies I juggle. Which is why, really, I figure if I can do it, anyone can. And I aim to prove it.