Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Now this is more like it!

When I moved, everything pretty much fell apart. I started my new job, the stress levels went up, I wasn't finding time to exercise, I was eating because of the stress... I gained a heeeap of weight and lost SO much fitness. But I have been working hard at it since then and this morning I had a realisation...

Although I still have a heeeap of weight on me, I have gained my fitness back. And considering I'm essentially carrying around an extra 10kg of weight, I think I'm probably FITTER than I was back in December!

It occurred to me in the middle of the second Cycle class of my back-to-back session, I had my resistance turned SO high that I could hardly start the pedals standing up - and there I was punching out a MASSIVE hill climb. It was like riding in mud, UP a cliff. At that moment, I realised that really - it can't get much harder than this! I had been exercising for 90-minutes and I was absolutely throwing myself into the line of fire and LOVING IT! I had the biggest grin on my face (though I think there was a little bit of a grimace mixed in there!) I went SO hard - it was truly a self-inflicted smash session of a new level entirely! I don't think I've EVER worked so hard in my life but the sheer joy I felt at the end was just amazing! I am absolutely addicted to that uplifting feeling I get after a hard session. It's the highlight of my day!

So from a cardiovascular perspective, I can't WAIT to hit the road and do some running! My quads are practically bursting out of my legs and my heart rate is sitting in the 160's when it would usually be >190! Unfortunately my running shoes are still in semi-retirement.

After my cycle sessions, I decided that I would use BodyPump as a cool-down! In the middle of the class I had ANOTHER epiphany! I was using the same weights as I had been at my peak fitness in December and I was finding some muscle groups EASY! It blows my mind where I will be by the end of the year. I can't wait!

Which brings me to what's on my mind at the moment. To 12WBT or not. Part of me wants to - for the running training programs and for the mindset sessions, but the other part of me knows that I have this. My eating is largely the cleanest it has ever been (aside from a few 'moments') and my exercise - well, clearly I have that down pat.

So what do I do?! Is it worth it just for a few videos and a training program that I am not able to do yet because of my injury? It seems I have some thinking to do...

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