I have been beating myself up again lately. You see, I started LIIFT4 with Joel Freeman, and at that time had every intention of doing all 32 workouts. And at first, the getting up early was going OK. And I even started to feel stronger. But around week 5, I noticed that a few things were “off”. I was cranky. I felt weak. I was tired. I was having trouble getting through not only MY workouts, but the classes I teach each night at Phoenix Fitness with Body By BrendaT. Which in and of itself makes me feel like a failure, because I need to be 100% there to lead my students. So that was really bothering me.
Week 6, I was on vacation from my day job, but I was actually physically busier than when I work, and I was NOT getting up early when I finally had time to get some decent sleep! So, my only workouts were my classes that I still taught 4 out of 5 of the normally scheduled days. Which unfortunately means that I did not stay on track with LIIFT4, and then did not go back to it after I went back to work to finish the last 2 weeks.
Did I fail?
To complete that particular program, yes.
But did I really fail?
I don’t think so. Why? Because I did learn some valuable training tips from Joel, and I learned the MAIN GOAL of LIIFT4! That you CAN do this AMAZING program even with a busy lifestyle, because it is sustainable!
But for ME personally, I was WAY overdoing it! For the 6 weeks that I was doing LIIFT4, I was working out a minimum of 10 hours a week! And with choreography and Insanity LIVE and Country Heat LIVE practice, it was more like 12-15! And if you have ever been to one of my classes, you know that I teach best by doing and giving it 110% of MY Best!
Does that sound like a lot? Maybe not to some of you, but remember, I also work a full time job, have a husband and 5 furkids to take care of, plus all the financials for both my business AND my home, AND I am a Beachbody Coach! I have been spreading myself too thin. And I have known this is the reason/cause of my adrenal fatigue for awhile, but I just keep pushing! And I am now recognizing that it is time to stop.
A word that I have to return to is SUSTAINABLE! What I was doing was NOT sustainable for me. It is going to take awhile to heal, and I know that, but learning to chill a bit, has been a struggle for me. I feel like I am letting someone down if I don’t try to do it all. But doing it in exchange of my health, can’t happen any more.
So, first up to go was my extra morning workout. Yup! They had to go. At this time I am down to approximately 7.5 hours of working out, plus learning how to mark things better for choreography instead of doing everything FULL OUT!
Next, will be lowering my weights in my resistance classes. It is tough for me to watch my students lift more than me, but that is my stupid EGO getting in the way! Time to also LET THAT GO!
So, that makes this an opportunity for me to do some learning about ME!
So, as one failure passes, a new opportunity to do it right has begun again! 🙂