So after two years, two long years I have returned. I have returned with more strength than I had ever thought possible. I have overcome a neck injury ( c6/c5 collapsed/bulging disc with a bone spur etc.. that's another story!!) with certainty. I started the program today, made the changes to my diet including cleaning out the fridge and pantry too. I finally took that step, crossing my own abyss of fear and complacency.
The first Upper Body work out was a bit daunting, a challenge pf its own filled with fear, anxiety, as well as angst, and uncertainty. The work-out went okay, I should have planned it better. That's something I need to improve upon. I worked from memory, going through each muscle group, working my way through, gutting/grunting and groaning my way to the finish. At the last excercises, I was completely exhausted... and a funny thing happened. I looked up into the mirror there in front of me, and saw my own reflection. I saw a sweaty, exhausted mess... and then - I smiled.
That smile was a mile-stone of sorts. I have accepted the challenge, and I know what lies ahead of me. Fear, doubt, cravings, pain... all of it. I still fully accept the challenge knowing that I have the mind-set for total victory!! Nothing less than that will be accepted. I felt a layer of doubt fall away, and I felt my inner warrior scream a little louder. I felt my own power for change grow ever stronger. I now know that victory WILL BE MINE!!
i have 5 discs ruptured C5,6,7 and L5,6. i was very nervous until i read the part about everyone has their own 10. i do not have to keep up with anyone else. congrats on getting started. take it slow on the upper body until some muscles rebuild to help protect the area. what i have done in the past is go strong and then something twinges and i am off the weights and then it is a downhill spiral from there.
let me know how it works.
Hey John T. Congrats on your decision to get healthier. It sounds as though you got the stuff to do it right. The pantry clean out is a huge display of commitment.
best wishes for health and discipline to ya.
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them.
Jimmy, looks like we are bonded closer together as brothers in struggle. After waking up this morning, Day 2 of Week 1, Challenge 1 - My muscles are sore, but not as bad as I had feared.
Off to the gym for some Cardio.. This should be interesting..
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