2.17.2014

Focus T25 Alpha - A Journey

On Friday I posted about my results from the Alpha round of Focus T25, but when I woke up this morning I realized that I just hadn't said everything I wanted to say.  Sure, the inches, pounds and emotions that changed throughout the last five weeks are incredible and I am very proud of all that, but there is definitely a lot more to it than that!
T25 Alpha Woman's Results

During the past five weeks I have been excited about my workouts.  Nervous.  Pumped up.  Hesitant.  There have been days that I didn't want to push play and, I'll admit it, days that I gave in to how 'busy' I thought I was and I convinced myself to skip them.  I always made them up, but I wish I had stuck to my guns and done the workouts every day I was supposed to.  I'm human, I'm imperfect and I always will be - but, along with that, I will also always strive to be better, do better and live better than the day I did before.  I truly believe that is a pretty respectable goal to have.

This morning was the very first day of Beta round and it was intense!  I was a bit nervous about it but I got up, pushed play and got my 25 minutes done.  It's nice to be home from work and not have to suit up for my workout; I'm off for the night!  Which leaves me plenty of time to shovel the six inches of snow we got here this morning...lovely.

Morning Workout


Anywho - back to T25 Alpha.  In thinking about Alpha round this past weekend, I realized that I feel very much the same about it as I do my introduction to Political Science / International Studies course that I took my freshman year at Aquinas College.  Weird?  Perhaps.  But let me explain and maybe it'll make a bit more sense.

I walked into PS150: World in Crisis back in 2005 (was that possibly 8 1/2 years ago already?!) and I was excited about the class.  I had heard a lot of good (and scary) things about the professor who taught it, Dr. D, so I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself into.  I knew that I wanted to study international topics, so this was my entry into that program in college.  It was a semester long course that taught a lot of EVERYTHING - history, politics, government, etc.  It was intense, demanding and difficult.  

Aquinas College 2005
My college dorm in 2005 when I was a wee little freshman.  Please note the awesome flip phone.  

It was, in a lot of ways, similar to Focus T25.  

They both demanded work.
Focus.
Determination.
Dedication.
Time.

They, quite simply (and yet quite difficulty at the same time) demanded that I bring the best of me every day.  
When I signed up for both I knew that I was going to have to work for it.  It wasn't going to be handed to me and it wasn't going to be the easiest task I've ever done.  

Another thing I knew?

That they would be worth it.

Best Shape of your Life
This was originally written for a weight loss journey, but I think it applies to a pursuit of any type of growth - intellectual, spiritual, physical.  To see results, we have to be willing to work.  Not everything may require the same amount of effort, but if we're not willing to put it in then how can we expect to change?
And, not surprisingly, they both were worth it.  So worth it, in fact, that at the end of Focus T25 I found myself asking the same question I asked myself when I got my final grade back in World In Crisis.  That question is this:

Now that I have proven to myself I can do this, how much better could I be and how much further could I push myself if I did it again?

My roommate and I joked about taking World in Crisis again our senior year of college just to see how we'd react to it.  Neither of us got around to it (instead of the senior slide, I was the girl who took 20 credits my last semester because I simply couldn't not take Arabic 2, French and finish my 3rd major.  I still look back at that semester and wonder how I did it.)

The great thing, though, is I didn't have to retake the same class or re-do Alpha round to see how much further I could push myself.  I'm testing myself by jumping into Beta round, just as I tested myself with every advanced-level poli sci and international studies class I took.  My completion of the first step showed me that I could take steps 2, 3 and 4.  

Aquinas College Graduation
Me on graduation day!

I'm proud of my college career and I am just as proud of my health journey.  I intend to spend the rest of my life learning more about the world around me while also focusing on making myself the healthiest me I can possibly be.  The fact that I got through World in Crisis, the rest of college, a semester in France, Insanity, and now Focus T25 Alpha tells me that anything is possible if I put my best foot forward - and then work on improving it so my best is better than it used to be.

What has been one of your proudest accomplishments?  What are you working on improving about your life, yourself or your situation today?  If you're ready to take the plunge and focus on your nutrition and health, please let me know!  I'd love to help you along the journey.


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