5 Life Lessons Learned From Fitness Boot Camp

For the past few months I have been on a journey to restore my health. From an overall health perspective my blood levels and the things that truly matter are amazing. It’s my weight that has been an issue for me the past couple of years.

I’ve shared in the past that I have a large fibroid that sits on my uterus and it has been bothersome. It definitely hasn’t made it easy to lose weight.

Yet, despite my insistence on making it an excuse for my weight loss failures, my fibroid hasn’t made it impossible to lose weight.  It just forces me to work a little harder.

There was a point in time that I allowed it to hinder me because in my mind I “couldn’t” lose weight. I began to really give up. Fortunately, the end of last year I began to shift my perspective. When I did that, my results began to improve.

The day after thanksgiving I decided to join Weight Watchers. It helped me push the needle a little bit. That’s when I really realized I was the culprit of a lot of my weight loss struggles because once I began to monitor my intake, the scale started moving.

Most recently, I’ve been kicking my workouts into high gear. Once it became clear to me that spending 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the weight machines wasn’t going to impact my body, I cut back on going to the gym. I needed a jolt. So, I started challenging my body in different ways.

I began exercising to tough workout DVDs that emphasized High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and YouTube videos of my favorite fitness experts. As that built my confidence, I ultimately decided to brave longer and different workouts.

I bought a few sessions at the Kickboxing gym. Initially, I liked it, and I know it is the kind of workout that yields positive results. But it wasn’t enough to keep my interest. What it did though, was show me I can handle a lot more in my workouts.

That led me to my current endeavor – Burn Bootcamp. I participated in several boot camps when I was in Atlanta. There were tons of trainers that offered boot camps through Groupon deals. They typically conducted their classes in public parks.

However, I’ve never been to a Bootcamp “gym.” It’s not really a gym because you won’t find any cardio equipment or weight room. Instead, you have a setting that uses every tool in its box to whip your body into shape. Everything from elastic bands to ab balls, from free weights to your own body weight. Every day is a new challenge.

Initially I was afraid. On my first day of class the girl next to me said “You’re gonna love it. You’ll become addicted.” I thought “yeah right.” She said she’s so addicted that she feels guilty when she doesn’t come to class.

I’m only three days in and I’m starting to really understand what she meant. I never thought I could enjoy something so hard, so much.

I say this has been a journey because I’ve learned a lot about myself. In particular, here’s what Burn Bootcamp has taught me:

  1. Mindset Matters – I’m realizing the importance of getting my mind in the right space before I get to class. What I tell myself makes a difference in my outcomes. When I focused on my fear, it ruined the experience. After completing that first hard class, I saw that I “could” do it. After that, I changed the way I thought about class and how I approached it. I now enter class with an “I got this,” and “I can do this” mindset.
  2. Hard work pays off – if I put in the work, I’ll get the results. I no longer expect things to be easy. I just have to know that it won’t ever be easy, but it’s worth it. I remind myself of how I want to feel and how I’m going to feel after completing a hard work out.
  3. Accomplishment is addictive –there is nothing like the feeling of pride after completing something you never thought you could do. I’m getting addicted to that feeling. It’s that feeling of accomplishment that I keep in mind when my alarm goes off at 4:30AM and I want to stay in bed.
  4. I’m in control – I get to set the tone and pace for my workout. The trainer gives us plenty of options for each exercise and I can choose the level that works for me. Some days are harder than others, so I scale it down. But there are other moments that I choose to crank it up. Whatever option I choose, it’s ok. I get to choose how I do my workouts and I get to choose how I live my life.
  5. We’re all in it together – the best part of being among the Burn Bootcamp community is that it’s a team effort. Whenever I’m really struggling, I just look around the room and I see that it’s not just hard for me. It’s hard for everybody. The beauty is we all stick it out, encourage each other, and most of all NOBODY ever quits!

I’m only 3 days into my 14 day trial and I’m certain I will join. This is exactly what I need and I have no doubt I’ll be able to reach my fitness goals if I stick it out. At this point, quitting is not an option.

I’ll keep you posted on my results.

Until next time…

Peace, Love & Fitness!

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