This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.
Today I am thankful that I can push my body to new limits at the gym. As I strive to meet my weight loss goal even during the holiday season, I knew it was very important to get in big calorie burns this week. Especially since I was going to indulge mindfully in Thanksgiving Dinner.
So I headed to the gym with one thing in mind – a Bella Tri. A traditional Sprint Tri is a 5k run, a 20k bike ride, and a 750 meter swim. I knew I wasn’t there yet on any of those counts, so I concocted the Bella Tri – 10 min on the elliptical machine (run), 20 min on the recumbent bike, and 30 min swimming laps in the pool. I haven’t pushed myself like that in a workout since being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but I knew I needed to amp up the workout if I was going to still see a loss on the scale this Sunday.
I’m happy to report that the Bella Tri was a success! The elliptical was the part I was the most worried about, since I’d be putting pressure on my feet the entire time, but I didn’t feel a thing. The bike was a bit boring, but I just raised it to a level 8 and kept my rpms above 70 and that helped. The swim was actually the part that was the most challenging for me – I’m a good swimmer, but I haven’t spent much time in an Olympic size pool, so making it all the way across the pool for one length is pushing my breathing abilities. I can *almost* make it all the way across, but tend to run out of steam with about 8-10 strokes left. Still, I swam for 30 minutes, and I just kept telling myself that this is something to shoot for. It’ll be a great thing to see improvement on. I enjoyed this so much that I’ve decided to put it into my regular rotation on my early days after school.
The other really challenging thing was keeping the swim cap on my head! No joke – it kept riding up past my forehead. I have A LOT of thick, curly hair, and I think it’s all just too much for my little swim cap to hold. At one point I was so pissed about having to pull it down AGAIN, I finally just flung it off and picked it up after I got out of the pool. If anyone has any tips for fitting all my hair into the cap and keeping it there, please let me know.
Today I’m grateful that I am striving for my goals and able to push my body to new limits.