Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fit Tuesday ~ Ah, PUSH it!

It's Fit Tuesday!!


I want to talk about challenging yourself today. If you're new to my blog, or haven't read my "About Me" page, you may not know that I have been battling some major health issues for close to two years now. I am not going to get into it on this post, but basically chronic illness has really crippled my ability to live out my passion for fitness over the past couple of years. {my ability to live it out the way I would prefer to. I am still committed to fitness in every way I am safely able to} Recently I have been feeling stronger and been able to rest more, which has helped me gain the energy and strength to get back into workout routines. Although I make an effort to at least stretch every day, my "routine" is still somewhat sporadic as far as lengthy workouts. Sunday I got pretty wild with it. I did some stairs by my building that go up higher than my 8 story condominiums. They are steep and high. Well I did quite a few sets of those and some easy jogging in the hills in between to keep my muscles from tightening too much. Of course, today I was sore, but not too bad.
My stairs... from top...
to bottom...
this is the bottom, there's a landing in between that you see on the photo above

Well, the plan for Monday was a short, easy jog. Wrong. I got going, and my friends, my pace picked up, and my body was sore, but energetic. I felt healthy and strong. I picked up my pace some more, and kept going. Forty minutes later, I was on the two mile incline back up to my place and finally getting tired. I did my cool-down and I was back home. With my last bit of energy I decided to kick it into high gear, so I took to the 8+ story steps for just one set. I finished strong! I can't even put into words how good it felt to be able to really push my body again. It has been a long time. I want to clarify though. When I say I pushed myself, I did it in a healthy way. You never want to push yourself to injury when you're in real pain. But let's face it, even healthy exercise hurts some. You have to ice and stretch regularly after you push it. But you can push it and it will feel good in the end. Even the aches feel good. Because when you are giving yourself the proper fuel {food}, fluids and rest and care that it needs and deserves, nothing feels better than to kick it into high gear!!


How often do you push yourself to get stronger, faster, or more fit? Do you stop as soon as you get tired or do you push through? I want to encourage you to try it. Next time you're working out or hey, maybe you don't work out... well, start now. Start today and push yourself. If you are healthy and you are fueled you can push your body to do more than you think. Sure, there are some aches and pains in there {not talking about injury pain where a certain spot is throbbing- that means stop} but as long as you listen to your body, you will not regret pushing through them. 



"Nothing will work unless you do."

- John Wooden


So, let's talk...
How often do you push yourself? How do you think you can do this more often? 

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18 comments:

  1. Glad you are feeling better! I love getting in a good workout! When I have time, I usually spend almost 2 hours working out, which drives my boyfriend nuts because he just wants to lift. I like to lift, but then spend 45 minutes or so doing cardio, too. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  2. So inspiring, Krystle! I have the weakest quads ever and I always give up after 5 mins on the eliptical. I am going to push it today and remember this post when it starts to ache! Thanks for the motivational pics and story!

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  3. I stepped up my workouts in December after I realized that age is creeping up on me...the horror. Who knew that I could be the same weight yet it would all shift around to new places? Well, I knew because people warned me but you always hope you'll be the exception! Anyway, I definitely feel better since I started working harder and my back hurts much less!

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  4. That looks like crazy Seattle stairs (where the stairs are technically a street?! Wtf, Seattle!)

    Love that you're still able to push yourself, despite limitations. I really need to get back into the swing - after having the flu for a week I'm so out of the habit. This is just the inspiration I needed!

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  5. Go girl!!! I get the same way...Im sore and tired, but once I get my thing on, lol...Im rocking......:) Those are some pretty impressive stairs too!!!

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  6. I agree that pushing it always feels good! I used to be so much disciplined about my fitness, but Hubby and I are stepping it up again. Today we combined errand running with a walk since we did weights yesterday. Instead of driving to Target, which is about a 1.5 miles from my house, we walked. Gorgeous day, fresh air—and exercise and errand completed!

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  7. Fashionista_Next_DoorMarch 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    woot woot! go Krystle. This is just what I need to hear. I am so out of shape that when I try to jump right back into my old workouts, I am short of breath almost immediately and my heart feels like its gonna pump right out of my chest. I know that this means I really need to stick with my cardio and get my endurance back up but it's so hard! I'm going to do it, though! I've got you to encourage me and that is a start! :)

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  8. Fashionista_Next_DoorMarch 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    I hear ya, Wendy! Sheesh, what is with the shifting? How can I be the same weight but wear two sizes bigger? Lol!!!

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  9. You just might be the incentive for me to get off my duff and back into fit. Thank you for your boundless energy and your positive goodness!

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  10. That's awesome, girl! What sweet compliments!! I love this! You are adding to my positive goodness, so thank you for that! Get back into it and let me know how it goes! :)
    *smilingfromeartoear*

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  11. YAY, DO IT!! Try not jumping right back to your old workouts. You may need to start at a lower intensity until you get back into it a bit. You can do it! Keep me posted!!

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  12. that's wonderful, V! I love to hear that couples are being healthy together! I think when you're together it can be easy to slip into a routine of just being cozy and get way out of shape. Way to go, you two, for getting back into it!! And honey, your body is bangin'! I can tell you've been disciplined!

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  13. Ya, it's so cool how much energy you get once you get over that initial hump, right?? It's like I tell myself 1o more minutes or 1 more mile and then by the time that's up I'm on a roll and there's no way I'm stopping! :)

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  14. Honey, I had the flu two weeks ago, so I totally know the feeling of trying to get your butt moving when you've been feeling less than human for a week! Haha. You can totally do it though. Let me know when you do! Have you heard of my #bragbaby? Tweet me your work out so I can RT and brag for you and we can inspire others together! :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back soon!

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  15. Preach, Wendy!! I'm telling you this whole "shifting" thing is SO NOT COOL!! Things have moved a bit on my body too. I'm so glad you're seeing results getting back into it! Go girl! Keep up and thanks for the comment love!!

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  16. YAY!!! That's awesome! You're so welcome! Are you on Twitter?? Tweet me so I can brag about it for ya! I think you are on fb, right?? Do it on there too! Yay for spreading the inspiration!!

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  17. Way to go, girl! I love that you guys do that together. It's so important to motivate each other towards health in a relationship! It's hard not to become couch potatoes together. ;) haha.

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  18. Once I'm into the workout, I definitely push myself. The hardest part is really just forcing myself to do an extra workout. I take a boot camp class that meets outside 3X a week (at 5:30am!) and when I'm in a group, I definitely push myself to work out harder b/c I want to prove to myself that I am more fit than the others in the class. So I always want to be the first or fastest or strongest. It's easier to go harder when I'm comparing myself to someone beside me and telling myself I can do better than them or even just trying to keep up with them can be a challenge as well sometimes.

    But when I work out on my own outside of the class, it is harder for me to gauge how well I'm doing or whether I can really push myself more. I try to do interval running/jogging (or walking) on the treadmill or outside and I base my fitness level on how hard I can run during the running portion. Then I can slowly build that up.

    It's fun to find other people that are interested in fitness!

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