Throwback Thursday: Full Circuit(s)

Hello all, as part of this Throwback Thursday malarkey I thought it would be good to look back at the (almost) start of this project. I was inspired by Nancy’s look back to the start of her journey and decided to take a little time to assess how far I have come. 
THis particular post seemed appropriate considering I am in the process of attempting to get myslef organised enough to run my own circuits class…If you had told me that on day 17 I might have laughed (or possibly considering what day 17 was like…cried…)


 

Day 17: Hardest circuits to date

Good evening 🙂

The title “hardest circuits to date” may sound melodramatic, of at least an exaggeration but it really really isn’t. I think I worked harder today in a circuits class than I have ever done before! It was hard right from the start as it was a very hot day which didn’t lend its self to strenuous physical exertion, however, with circuits I have employed the “motivate yourself by motivation someone else” technique and after badgering Graham into agreeing to go to circuits, I can’t back out in favour of a less enthusiastic exercise activity! It is a tried and tested method of self motivation as far as I am concerned. Any way I digress…

Circuits today was arranged in the form of team relay races where one member of the team did 5 reps of 5 different exercises while the other members did a core exercise. It was hard and constant, there were fewer breaks than normal and I am not really all that fast. I was in a team with two tall quick people and about half way through the class I had a huge paranoia attack and began to feel like the fat one who wouldn’t get picked for a team on sports day. I know logically that I am only competing with myself and the fact that I did everything I was supposed to without taking extra breaks is what matters, but my paranoid mind was telling me that I shouldn’t even bother in the class. There were two results from this paranoia, the first was I discovered that I refused to give up and can still do exercises while crying and the second was that the class instructor came to talk to me and told me to keep going and that I was doing better in this class than any other circuit class. I know they have to be encouraging but, she wouldn’t say something as specific as that unless it was true. So this made me feel a lot better and like this experiment might actually be paying off!

All of today’s exercises were bodyweight exercises, and it was a lot more aerobic than some weeks… I really did feel like I worked hard today! Now it is all over however I am feeling pretty good and a lot more motivated than i thought I would 😀

there was one major advantage of today’s class mind you..the air conditioning in the studio was working for the first time ever!

Day 17 complete 😀

 

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6 Comments

  1. I love that the tears and fear and paranoia all wound up motivating you to continue, Sam. I can relate 100% to that feeling of worry that you’re slowing others down. I’ve experienced this many times in the past. Most often, I would combat it by playing the clown, joking about myself, self-deprecating, etc., to avoid letting others see that I was hurt and in pain. Love your honesty and bravery here.

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    1. believe me, I have done that self deprecating thing too, and pretended that I didn’t care. I just couldn’t keep it up in that class!
      It really did actually motivate me too, because no matter what I knew I was trying my best and was not going to let whatever I thought they were thinking about me actually stop me! It really made me want to work hard to stop thinking that too…
      (that last bit hasn’t completely worked…I sometimes still feel like the fat friend even though I know really how far I have progressed)
      I wonder if that ever completely goes away…

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      1. I’m not sure it does ever completely go away…but I sure hope so. The fact that it lessens substantially (or, at least, has for me) is a blessing. Would be great to think that one day I could completely let go of that feeling though.

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      2. it has lessened for me too…because I have a much better understanding of what I can do now and I know that I am fit and healthy despite still having some fat to get rid of!

        there are moments when I wish other people could see it too without me having to fight assumptions mind you…

        which reminds me of a post I was going to write…

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