A Walk Down Memory Lane: Fifty Pounds Ago
by Charlotte Siems
Sometimes a little walk down memory lane serves us well. Returning to a familiar place often brings back memories. Having just attended a T-Tapp event at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Florida, I was reminded of my very first trip there five years ago.
My weight loss had reached 50 pounds and I had 50 to go. I was worried about keeping up during the workouts, a common fear of people attending a fitness event like a form clinic.
During one of the first workouts I sat down on the steps while everyone else continued exercising, and cried like a baby. I was perfectly happy, excited to be there, yet I started sobbing. T-Tapp is so lymphatic and cleansing that it cleared out my tension and emotions like crazy. I felt a little embarrassed, but a trainer assured me that it was normal.
I took more water breaks than just about anybody else. I huffed and puffed and caught my breath, then started again.
My form had issues. I was on the front row in workouts like Critter Crunch or Total Workout Super Slow, and when I watch them on DVD now, I can see that my core was collapsed, I was flopping my arms, losing the tuck and more. But I certainly did the best I could with my body and fitness level.
I thought I needed to try to do every single rep of every single workout. After pretty much knocking myself out, I returned home sore and exhausted. I pushed myself beyond my max. Fewer reps in good form beats all the reps in sloppy form, and getting to the point of exhaustion didn’t benefit me or my form.
I share these memories to encourage you that Yes, You Can. I wasn’t perfect and yet I still managed to lose the next 50 pounds. My form left a lot to be desired, I didn’t do every rep, and I got tired, but over the long haul I stuck with it. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you.
What you are living right now will be your memories next year. I hope that your walk down memory lane will be a pleasant one when you see the results of today’s choices.
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