Jessica Bento, MSPT
I was really hoping that 2014 was going to lead off to an awesome start. There was some good momentum being built around the holiday season that I thought New Year’s was going to be a strong beginning to a new year. Man, was I wrong!
Shortly after the first of the year, our oldest dog Lucy, became very ill and the stress of seeing her health decrease so quickly and eventually her passing was pretty devastating. Shortly after she passed I developed a pretty harsh upper respiratory virus that has completely paralyzed any of my New Year’s goals. In other words, 2014 started anything BUT great!
Now that I am feeling human again I want to gain control. I want to reel in the downward slope that the new year started with and begin to turn it around. I realize it doesn’t happen overnight, but instead with baby steps.
It can be tough, it can be overwhelming. TRUST ME, there have been more than a few days where I just wanted to pull the covers over my head and just lay in bed all day. I knew one thing though, I just had to get started. Just get up, start getting back to the simplest of routines I knew was key to saving what started off to be a terrible year.
The more and more I thought about it, the more I realized how the smallest actions make a difference. Just as bad thoughts, bad habits, bad situations seem to snow ball at times, so do the good ones! It takes work though! Bad things seem to easily roll up on you fast, good things seem to be a bit more effort.
Having good food in the house, getting sleep, spending time with friends, being productive, and a good cry seemed like all a good recipe for regaining control of what I still believe can be an awesome year. Of course exercise was an ingredient I knew would add quickly as well.
Interestingly enough, it didn’t seem I had a lot in me. Whether it was the lingering virus, sadness, or frustration, working out didn’t seem all that important. Josh pushed me though, just do a little something. I didn’t have to pour sweat, I didn’t have to feel my lungs exploding, he just wanted me to move.
He said I was my pretty normal Jessica, yea, what does THAT mean?! Josh went on to explain that the point of me doing even a short workout wasn’t to burn calories, lose fat, or really any of those typical goals. “Then what the heck is the point?!” was my reaction. Ah, that’s what he meant by “typical Jessica”, if I am not going to be working towards my goal, why put energy into training especially when my motivation isn’t the highest.
The goal became more evident though, he knew that just getting me to move would make me feel better. It would make me feel a little happier, it would build a small positive habit that would start a series of other positive habits. So I did. A few very short workout allowed me to get back into the feeling of something good, it made me want to make sure I was eating a bit better, it made me just feel a bit stronger mentally.
But now what? I really didn’t know what type of physical shape I was in and to be honest, didn’t want to think about my training when I had a lot of other things on my mind. Josh simply said, “um, why don’t you do the 19 day program, it is awesome!” I knew he had done the program with a few clients, but was it for me? I had worked to some pretty challenging workouts and DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training exercises. Was it for me?
As I really looked into the program it made a lot of sense. 19 days of short, focused training made more and more sense. The fact that it would have my recovery days planned out for me, some nutrition, I really didn’t have to do too much other than make sure I cleared 20-30 minutes a day to do it!
Then it hit me, sometimes just making sure that you make the dedicated time to focus your energy is more important than a marathon of training. I began to really appreciate how simple everything could be and that I had been a bit spoiled.
I hope some of you will join me on our program and share with me how your training is going! Check it out HERE. If you don’t use this program, let me know what positive changes you have made in 2014 already that have made a difference.