Health, mental & emotional stability are reasons why I chose to participate in this competition. Each exercise, the pull ups, one legged squats, side clean, jump box & the floor exercise, started off assisted on different levels. Today, I finally felt that the exercises, the number of some of the exercises could be enhanced by assisting myself less than I started 2 weeks ago with sophistication. Each time we start another cycle, I notice the movement & structure of technique improves. I find I have better control physically and mentally over the form per exercise. Meaning, I have more control over being more attentive to form during the exercise vs. being too caught up in the exersion. Now, I can be simulataneously attentive to form AND exersion.
The first week & a half, it was more of a challenge physically. When the second week came, I experienced an emotional and mental breakdown ESPECIALLY yesterday, day 13, I temporarily decided on the early part of the day that I could not continue w/ this compeition due to my 7-day work schedule this week, due to my feeling emotionally imbalanced. I felt like crap! I felt like I had no control of my schedule, and I felt that I was too busy, so I had to choose something in my life that I had to let loose, that I could afford to sacrifice, which was the Challenge. Luckily, my partner talked me out of it & offered to escort me to the park, cheer me on throughout my moderate day. I felt a bit better, but I still felt worse than ever since the competition started.
My obstacles I have faced is everything I stated above, including my water intake. It sounds simple, but drinking h20 is really like a chore. I have NEVER drank this much h20 per day in my entire life! Because of this competition, I learned that I tested positive for nitrite in my urine, which is caused by the lack of water intake. Since this competition, I greatly improved my consciousness of water need in my diet. I definitely understand the importance of water & can compare how it impacts my workouts & my breathing. I still get lazy in drinking water, but I just know that if I want this competition to be a success, I need to continue my drinking water during and after this competition.
An adequate amount of water is absolutely a goal that I am going to continue during and after this competition. Learning how to not give up on my health b/c of a busy schedule is no excuse! Making sure I get 40grams of protein per meal is really a challenge also b/c I'm finding it is expensinve to eat this much protein! I don't have that much money for this much food. So, what I had to do is readjust my finances to participate in the nutrition we are to follow as much as I can. That is something I have always done in the past. This Challenge demonstrated, I CAN incorporate working out even through my busiest schedules I just have to WANT to.
I want to clarify what winning this Challenge means to me. Each day I workout, I blog, I exchange ideas & support w/ my teammates, following the nutrition, are all part of the Challenge, however, it is not as difficult as getting out there to the park & doing the actual workouts. I feel I am my competitor & my teammates or the other challengers are supporting me in winning the challenge with & against myself to become a healthier (mental & physical) person. So, winning to me is important in terms of completing this entire Challenge to my utmost ability & coming out stronger mentally, emotionally & physically than when I started on Day 1 of this Challenge! That in itself, is a win!