Come on Nicole. You CAN do this. Let’s goooo Ni-coooo-ole…lets go! Your on your last rep- YOU GOT THIS!
The pretty cheerleaders were on the sidelines cheering me on. Hearing the swoosh of the red, black and white feathers, the girls were dancing and twirling around the field with their pompoms high in the air, pony tails bobbing up and down.
My white mp3 player attached to my hip, the ear buds pouring music into my ears, keeping me steady with each step as my feet pounded down on the pavement.
Sweat poured down my face and stung my eyes as I took another gulp of coconut water, letting the hydration cool me down me. Burning hot, my face was as red as a tomato. Though I only had one more round to complete, I just wanted to throw in the towel and give up.
Out of shape and really out of breath, I had to do a set of running for a minute at full speed and then walking at a fast pace for 1 minute. I had to repeat this ten times. I was tired, and I could feel my heart pounding in my throat. My legs were burning and my feet were sore. I really wanted to give up and say the heck with it.
Feeling the effects of the electrolytes from my water, I began to gain momentum and strength.
Like an angel coming to rescue me, Kelly Clarkson’s voice filled the airwaves:
She may have sung about a guy, but my opponent was defeat and I wasn’t going to let it get the best of me. I was a fighter. The lyrics pumping through my headset started to take me over.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone”
I COULD do that last set. Nothing was stopping me now!
Finishing up set number ten I did a 2-3 minute cool down on the treadmill. Looking like I just had dunked my head in a carinival style dunk tank, my hair was plastered back from the sweat. The back of my blue tank top was soaked. Yet, I didn’t care how I looked.
Turning off the cardio machine I stood there for a quiet moment. I felt so alive! And funny enough, energetic. Though I finished my cardio I still wasn’t done. Ahead of me was my strength training: The Lean Leg Pyramid.
- 20 Squats
- 30 Lunges
- 40 Toe touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
- 50 Second wall sit!! (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees and hold it!)
- 100 Seconds jumping jacks
- 50 Second wall sit!!
- 40 Toe touches
- 30 Lunges
- 20 Squats
- 100 tummy tucks
Have you ever regretted achieving a goal?
What doesn’t kill me DOES make me stronger.