Well here we are – the end of the training program. I can’t believe six weeks flew by so quickly!
I can’t even begin to tell you how important these past six weeks have been for me. I have taken my weight loss to an entirely new level and it’s all thanks to six amazing people – Jackson, Tianda, Steve, Shawn, John and Debbie. You don’t know them, but you have no idea how much they inspire me.
As a grand finale of his own, Jackson had us run a 5K on the treadmill to get started. I completed mine in under 48 minutes! A new record for me. I’m so proud of this accomplishment. When I did my first 5K it was just under 54 minutes – LOOK HOW FAR I’VE COME!
More importantly, when I did the first 5K I was useless the rest of the day with aches and pains. Today, I hopped off the treadmill and Jackson sent us to the gym to do more! MORE!!!!!!
Once we finished our run, Jackson had a circuit ready for us as his own little last chance workout before we finished the competition. Oh boy was it hard! I felt horrible but I finished and that’s what matters.
- Broad jumps full court across the gym and back.
- 50 jumping jacks
- 50 squats
- 40 Bosu stepper (that’s that half ball I never know the name of)
- 40 high knees
- 30 medicine ball slams
- 30 push ups
- 20 super mains
- 20 single leg bridges
- 20 burpees
- 20 jumping lunges
…. and a partridge in a pear tree. Oh wait! Nevermind.
In case your wondering, yes I felt like death at the end. In fact, at one point I actually felt dizzy and needed to rest but I still finished.
So there you have it – six weeks of training 4 times a week for a total of 24 sessions. I’m confident that every single body part has hurt at least once or twice. I’ve been exhausted, drenched in sweat, tired, cranky and even sick – but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!
My team means the world to me. From Shawn who always had something funny to say in his silly complaining way, to Tianda who gives me inspiration and the nickname bikini girl after her dream, to Debbie who always walked and talked with me on our off days. Each of you meant so much to me and I hope you know it (if you’re reading this). Steve and John, I’m so happy we’re Facebook friends – you guys are the best. I loved our talks and your encouragement too!
Of course, I’m not going to forget the one person that means the world to me (in my life of exercise) and that’s Jackson. I know I tell him just how happy I am to work with him, but I hope he knows just how much he’s done for me. He pushes me out of my comfort zone, he challenges me to do more and he never EVER lets me quit. I owe a lot of pounds to him. I’m so thankful to have met him and I can’t wait to see what he does with me over the next year.
While this is the end of the competition, it’s certainly not the end of my journey. The future looks bright and shining and I’m going to get there!