"CAN WE STOP? I THINK I'M GOING TO THROW UP."
That's what I said to the MB, my new trainer, after I finished a superset of biceps curls.
We had just switched from 8-pound dumbbells to 5-pounders.
The arms were not the problem: it was the squats and lunges we'd just done. I'd just done.
I flashed on a moment a few years ago in Reno when I tried to start a Meetup running group. Two random people showed up to run and kicked my ass with their pace -- it had to have been at least two minutes faster than my standard pace, but I kept up with them all three miles.
After we'd said, "Thanks! See ya later!" they joyfully headed one way and I leaned over the edge of the Truckee River and thought I was going to hurl. I stood doubled over till the sensation subsided.
I didn't puke then, and I didn't today.
The second thing that flashed through my mind today as I lay flat with raised knees on the bench was the soon-to-be released book, The Making Point, which Elizabeth and I ghostwrote.
Army Master Sargent Cedric King, a true warrior and international motivational speaker, says our "breaking point" can be our making point.
When I stopped today, I knew I was surrendering to defeat.
On the other hand, I had to celebrate the biggest win of the day...
I got out of bed and met the trainer. The last time that happened was in 2012.
I'm going to hold myself accountable by writing about my training. My short-term goals are to drop a little weight and lower my body fat percentage...
My bigger goal is to start a routine that I don't stop. And eventually run a race with Cedric!
Newton's First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.
What's the outside force that got me out of bed? Must've been me. What's the outside force that will keep me doing this? Gonna have to be me.
(c) 2017 Catherine M. Greenspan