I will admit that my commitment to taking care of myself over summer & fall of 2014 waned & waxed. By January, I was exhausted, physically and mentally, constantly crispy, irritable, and emotional.
Absolutely overhauling my eating habits, I engaged in a 10-day food-elimination detox that I'd never had success with before. But I did it & found out that my body loves meat but hates grains of any sort. Without sugar or grains, my skin glowed, my belly shrank.
For the first time in 20 years, I believed that I could change my body.
I look around the room at the Method 360 athletes each day and notice the definition in their backs, their shoulders, their arms; see their hips tightening; their strength growing. My inner little evil voice said, "That's for others, Jen. You're too old. You're never going to have that kind of definition."
Staring daily at our clients, I couldn't help wonder, "Why not me?" I mean, I am conquering the eating stuff, a huge hurdle...why can't I conquer the strength & cardio parts, too? Today I cornered Trish to pick her brain about what my training routine really should look like. We talked about my goals (visible back & shoulder muscles, leaner legs, & strength in my back & chest) and what I'm currently doing (working hard & smart, eating clean, and doing 4 - 5 60-minute Method 360 classes a week). So, what ELSE is there?
"It's time to shake up the routine. Your body has become accustomed to what you're doing out there," she said, nodding to the workout floor. Apparently, I need something to blow its mind. "Twice a week, mix it up. A Spinning class, a hard run, or a killer bike ride would be GREAT for your body. It will never see it coming."
I actually cried. I hate running, cycling, & spinning. I loathe cardio. But here's the thing: I trust Trish. I've been watching our clients transform in front me. How are they doing it? They did what I did today: they get an Enhanced Assessment that includes the correct workout prescription for their bodies, their needs. They follow the Rx & reap the rewards.
She also told me, "You have Insulin Resistance. It's like having PCOS or a thyroid condition. You're going to have to work harder & longer than everyone else." This means getting on the bike or treadmill before or after class.
DAMMIT. And then she asked, "Are you willing to do it?"
And you know what? Without hesitation, I said, "I am". I am a year into running our business, my family is stable, and I finally have the mental and physical space in my life to make this commitment. She told me exactly what to do, both in here and out outside of here, to help me achieve my goals.
I love my Method 360 workouts, and I work hard, but obviously there is more to my fitness than only Method 360 classes. Did you ever hear Trish say, "The only difference between medicine and poison is dosage?" I need to change my dosage, & I'm scared out of my mind to move out of my comfort zone. I mean...JEEZ. I turn 45 next week! Is this really possible?
Yes. However, I'll have days that I'm overwhelmed & don't want to work harder. Kick me in the ass when that happens.
And my final question is: Is your dosage working for you? What are you wiling to do about it?