Let’s just start this post out with a little honesty (because that’s what we all want anyway, right?). The first half of week two was really tough. It was tough in different ways than week one was tough. As you read in my first post, my biggest challenge week one was the food aspect of Body Back. I entered week two feeling like I was starting to create some sort of rhythm with Body Back….and then I pulled a muscle in my neck the next day. Holy moly. It was extreme pain for two days, tolerable pain for one day, and just a little pain for a couple days. A week later, I’m finally feeling almost back to normal. Thankfully my husband was home for the days when the pain was at its max, and I was able to rest and take it much easier than I could have if he had been at work. I think my favorite “I’m in excruciating pain” quote was, “This is why I was never athletic or worked out. You don’t get injured in marching band!” :-)
Thanks to being in pain, I was left feeling pretty defeated and frustrated. I wasn’t sleeping well and the pain from the left side of my neck also caused my left shoulder and left arm to hurt. The pain made me feel nauseous and I had constant ringing in my ears for the first three days. I really don’t like writing about this because I feel like I’m complaining, whining, and making excuses but I also don’t want to gloss over my challenges. I think our greatest moments of challenge (in life, in working out, in weight loss) are the moments where our “fight or flight” response is truly tested. Don’t get me wrong. I really wanted to “fly” and not “fight” at some points this week. But (other than the fact that I’m committed to writing this blog and didn’t want to let you all down :-)) I have realized how little I have done just for me in the last 4 years. I’ve committed myself to eight weeks of focusing on me and my health: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
So I chose to fight. I ate some food I wasn’t supposed to eat and I couldn’t work out at home for a couple days but despite that, I made the conscious decision to push forward. And you know what? I’m really proud of myself. I didn’t miss any Body Back classes, despite being really tempted to skip Tuesday’s class. Nicole (the instructor) was incredibly supportive and encouraging and created modifications for the stations that had exercises I couldn’t handle yet (which was about 90% of them). By Thursday’s class, I was doing much better and able to do almost all of the workout without modifications. I’ve been feeling much more on track with food, and getting back to regular workouts has been awesome.
I promised a comparison picture this week and I thought about backing out. But one of the reasons I like the responsibility of writing this blog is that it gives me the opportunity to be honest about the challenges that come around and the chances we are given to forge ahead. So...let me preface these pictures by saying a few things.
1) Posting these pictures makes me self conscious and nervous.
2) I think comparison pictures are great and motivating but was realistic about there not being a noticeable difference for this two week comparison, especially because these pictures were taken only nine days apart.
3) As I talked about above, the first half of this week was rough.
4) Location and angle of pics are slightly different which influences the effectiveness of comparison (forgot to get my pictures taken before class! Don’t let me forget at the end of week 4, Nicole!)
5) While I don’t notice a drastic difference in the pictures, I FEEL better. I’ve lost a couple pounds. I’m less bloated. My digestive system feels more on track. I’m appreciating the intensity and focus of the Body Back classes and actually look forward to them.
Thanks for checking back in and following my Body Back journey! This blog is certainly becoming much more therapeutic for me than I thought it would be and I hope that it is as encouraging for you all to read as it is for me to write.
Until next week!