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Life Lessons from Boot Camp Class

I went to boot camp class yesterday morning all ready for an upper-body focused workout (because I SWEAR that is what she said last week as we were leaving).  I was still a little tired and sore from a weekend of extremely tough hiking but thought I could handle an upper-body workout.  So you know where this is going…it was the lower-body focused workout instead.  As she’s going through all the stations telling us all the wonderfully tough moves we’ll be doing, I contemplate running for the door (ok, ok, more like slinking for the door).  Sigh.  And so we begin.   It’s a tough 45 minutes.  As we switch stations we’re looking at each other with sweat dripping off us and this kind of “holy shit” look in our eyes.  One of my boot camp sisters got sick at the (seriously high) step-ups station.  But I did it.  If I had known what I was walking into, I’m not sure I would have gone to class.  And yet…I did it.  Woohoo, it’s over and I did it!  WAIT.  Did she just yell at us to head out to the field to run laps??!!  What the #$%#$?!  Out the door of the gym we all go.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to be the next to hurl.  As I’m halfway through the next to last lap, playing that game with myself where I say – just run to that tree…okay, made it to that tree, now run to those benches up there – I think, I am totally bailing on the last lap.  There’s just no way.  It’s a miracle I’ve done what I’ve done given how tired I already was!  (Yes, insane maybe - this is the constant chatter in my head and sometimes I even whip out Jillian Michaels’ voice a la “Biggest Loser” to yell at me to keep going.)  Then the woman that got sick earlier is beside me and as we circle around she keeps going to finish that last lap.  There is no way I’m quitting now if this lady that threw up and kept going is STILL going.  And so, I did it.  All of it.

My lessons from yesterday are reminders of these two important things:   1) We are capable of SO much more than we realize.  2)  It is very important that we surround ourselves with the right people.

Every time I thought there was really just no way, I found a way.  I did it, all of it.  This is true in all areas of our lives.  We are capable of SO much more than we realize.  There are many times in our lives that we feel we’re done, it’s all we can do, but then we dig deep and we do it.  Whatever the goal is that you’re striving for, whatever is giving you difficulties at the moment and maybe seems impossible – know that you will get there if you push through the doubts, fears and that negative, unhelpful voice in your head.  Hey, whip out your Jillian Michaels’ (or whoever works for you) if you need to!

So okay, let’s be honest, I probably would have bailed on the last lap if it hadn’t been for that tough woman.  It is incredibly important to surround ourselves with people that inspire, support and are the way we want to be.  If the person running beside me had said, “She’s crazy.  I can’t do anymore.  I’m done.” there is a damn good chance I would have done the same.  I would like to think that I would have whipped out my Jillian Michaels’, but I didn’t have to.  Seeing her made it easy to keep going.  And would you believe that the last lap running with her was my easiest?!  And the bonus here, by pushing ourselves to be our best, we inspire the best in others.  As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Surround yourself with positive people.  It makes it tons easier to push through when you have someone next to you reaching their goals and telling you that you’ve got this vs. someone ready to quit and pile on the excuses with you.  Or worse, unhelpful or jealous or trying to hold you back from reaching your goals (sometimes all of the above).

Always remember,  YOU'VE GOT THIS!!