Pushing Through Limitations (3-Minute Read)

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Connie Pretula

Connie Pretula is an inspiring health coach and Menopause Navigator to mature women, using a holistic approach to nutrition and life.

April 17, 2013

My trainer Nico is awesome! I truly would not be in the shape I am today and 31 days to the competition without his guidance and his belief in me.
My workout with him today was interesting. I was tired and decided to take a nap before the workout. When I woke up I needed to eat, change and get going. There wasn’t enough time to eat my whole meal so I had part of it to give me some energy.
I am now at the point of carb cycling which means I can have certain carbs every other day, for example, my sweet potato, therefore my energy levels and memory can be challenged at times.
The workout started with a warm-up using the TRX straps. I was doing a combination of moves and was having a hard time with the sequence partially due to less carbs. The low-fat diet also affects the brain, some days it is pretty funny.
Once I mastered the sequence and was warmed up we moved on to doing some plyometric moves.
I need to build my endurance as well as burn fat. These moves also make the muscles work differently from weight lifting.
Nico wanted me to jump and at the same time bring my knees in as close to my chest as possible.
I was having a hard time doing it but he won’t let me give up. I actually started to cry because I wasn’t sure I had the energy. He told me to work through it, don’t let this stop you.
I stood there in front of the mirror for a few minutes, tears streaming down my face, trying to refocus on why I was there and what needed to be done.
I did it, partially out of anger and partially because I’m not a quitter. I was mad at him for pushing me and mad at myself that I was letting this get to me. I told him that I can love him and hate him at the same time, he smiled and said “thank you, it is my pleasure”.
Looking back at the workout now I’m glad he did push me and didn’t mollycoddle me.
Almost all of the exercises we did today were all new to me so you feel awkward. Try kneeling with your back against the wall and shoulder pressing an empty beer keg above your head, I conquered that b#%h. I conquered all of the exercises and I’m proud of myself for not quitting.
If he had let me quit I would have been very disappointed in myself.
There have been many times during my journey I have faced pain, illness, slight depression and postural issues.I look back at those issues now and I realize how strong physically and emotionally I have become.
The next 31 days will be the most exciting and at times will be the most challenging. But I will stand on that stage and know no matter what, the moment I step from behind the curtain I have won.
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford

Thank you for reading my words.

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