The Little Things

When I started working out with ChrisBrittany Kustra Blitz Conditioning Edmonton, he asked me what my goals are. I have some lofty, long-term ones (that I’m not quite ready to share — yet), but there was one specific goal I had in mind: make it through a Blitz Edmonton HIIT class without going on my knees for pushups (that includes regular pushups, army pushups, tricep pushups…oh man, Blitz makes us do a ton of different kinds of pushups).

Well last Thursday at Amy’s 6 AM HIIT class, I accomplished that – almost. I did modify one set of pushups, but I was still pretty freakin’ proud of myself at the end of the class. (I also think Amy’s HIIT classes are some of the most difficult, which made me even prouder!)

I basically felt on top of the world, and that I would never again be defeated by a workout. Running laps in the hallway? Check. Running stairs? Check. Regular pushups? CHECK! I CAN DO ANYTHING!11!!!!1!!1!

Well, fast forward to Friday morning’s HIIT, when I was tired, sore, and cranky. I wasn’t in the right headspace for a workout and my body wasn’t having it. Halfway through the class, I felt upset and frustrated. Nothing but modified exercises for this girl.

That episode inspired me to write about celebrating the small wins.

So what if I had an “off” day on Friday? It happens to the best of us. Maybe I won’t be able to do regular pushups all the time, but I destroyed them last Wednesday, and that’s something to brag about.

The road to fitness is long and slow, and it requires patience and hard work. It can be a little daunting at times, thinking of those Big, Giant, Scary Goals. Along the way, I’m going to experience speed bumps and small victories. My Big Goals are still a long ways off, so in the meantime I’ll be celebrating the little things.

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