“True confidence comes from looking in the mirror and seeing someone who is trying their best to get where they want to go.”
Well it’s be a little while since I checked in. The calm before the storm if you will, my OCR season is about to explode. Backtracking…recovery from the NJ Beast could not have gone better. My legs felt solid and my energy was fine. I still gave myself 3 days off just to be sure. I then eased back into training and started increasing things since my body held up so well during and post- race. I think I’m in the clear to start rebuilding my body and am deeming myself recovered from OTS. My hand spent more time in a splint but has been on its own and improving for the last week and a half. I can almost make a full fist, but it still hurts quite a bit. Oh, and on the 2nd I did a small, local 5k run which was very enjoyable and fun.
My goal was to start concentrating on nutrition and ramping up my workouts to get back into OCR racing form. I laid out a schedule and tried to stick with it. I’d skip a workout maybe once every two weeks, but I didn’t feel I had a solid full body workout plan. And my main downfall was nutrition. I was making unhealthy choices and ruining my weeks’ worth of calorie counting on the weekends. I won’t make any excuses for myself, I’ve been lazy and unmotivated. I can picture a [smaller] more athletic and toned version of myself flying through Spartan obstacles, and I know that I'm the only person preventing that image from becoming reality. I won’t get too emotional on you here, discussing the possible issues that most people deal with when it comes to weight loss, fitness motivation, or anything really.
The bottom line is, you need to make consistent choices to get anything done. And I was not doing that.
The saying goes, “If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.” Well I don’t like what I've been getting (no progress), so I decided I needed to start changing what I’m doing.
A few years ago a lady contacted me through my equine marketing blog to discuss some ideas she had about an online fitness program geared towards equestrians. She’s been on my radar ever since and I’ve watched her grow a decent sized empire through social media. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach and her programs are based around building a stable core and healthy eating. She also offers daily accountability through her 60 day boot camps. From personal experience I know any good equestrian is a solid athlete. I was pretty hesitant to drastically change up my routine and seriously commit to better nutrition…but I couldn’t shake off the urge that the email in my inbox had way more behind it than a marketing consult.