Even when life continues to happen, the journey towards a leaner body must happen as well. This past weekend was proof of that and the coming week, even more so. With the temptations faced and overcome during the weekend, I am feeling confident about the week ahead of me. I will continue to plan and then stick to that plan and it will workout the way I want.
Today was a cardio only day for me. I did 40 minutes of cardio in ten 3 minute intervals. My approach is taken from the New Rules of Lifting metabolic overdrive idea. I warm up for 5 minutes on the treadmill at a pace of 3.5 mph. I then up it to 6.5 mph for one minute, followed by 5.5 for two minutes and I repeat that for 10 intervals and follow it all with a 5 minute cool down.
Today I felt good as I did my cardio workout. The gym wasn't very crowded so my mind didn't wander. I thought about the people joining me in this RTP Group Shred and the challenges they face.
I thought about…
…Christy, who is using a walker due to several injuries she's sustained. Christy seems to have a strong will and great determination to succeed. She uses visualization to her benefit. Chrsty is on the right path and I'm very proud of what she's accomplished so far.
…Suzette and how hard she's worked the past year to drop 60 pounds. Even with some roadblocks in her way, Suzette has managed to overcome them and is just getting stronger and stronger as a result.
…Dougal and how supportive he's been of everyone in the Group Shred. Dougal seems like an awesome guy and someone I'd enjoy hanging out with.
…Diane and how touched she was by all the comments the group had left for her. Diane is absolutely right when she says the support means so much. It is the fuel that gets you to the next day!
…Debbie and how far she has come. By reading her blog, you can see the determination to change. It is incredible!
…Miriam and how she's managed to motivate her husband into joining her in getting in better shape. Obviously her drive is incredible and her husband saw that and couldn't wait to start making gains like his wife!
…Samuel and how I'd like to look like him. I love how Samuel plans his meals–simple yet effective.
…Katie and how I hope she gets going on this Group Shred. She's busy moving, but as I stated in my opening, even when life continues to happen, the journey towards a leaner body must continue to happen as well.
…Marbella and how she's seemed to have found that point in her life where she's determined to change. She reminds me of me and how I felt a few months ago.
…Joni and how she put herself out there by wearing a bikini in her pictures even thought it seems to have made her uncomfortable. She looks awesome and I think she should be proud of herself. I'm sure her husband is very proud of her right now.
…Massimiliano and how dedicated he is to a physical transformation. He has admitted that being macho in the gym cost him some gym time due to injury and he is not going to let that happen again.
…Alex and how close he is to a six pack. This guy has obviously done some hard shredding!
…Andrew, Bec and Josh, who I wish I knew better. I have not seen their blogs, but they have joined us in this Group Shred. I wish them all success!
All this thinking about the group shredders made me realize that if I don't succeed, I have not only let myself down, but I've let them all down too. That's why even when life continues to happen, this journey towards a leaner body must continue to happen as well.
Until next time…