Keep Pushing Yourself

This week I had the pleasure of testing my physical limits. My trainer "No Mercy Mike" was on vacation this past week, and I was left to fend for myself – yikes! I had been jogging daily, but did not feel like I was really pushing the limit. I was searching for the ultimate physical challenge this week. After all, the 10K was a walk in the park!

This week I had the pleasure of testing my physical limits. My trainer "No Mercy Mike" was on vacation this past week, and I was left to fend for myself – yikes! I had been jogging daily, but did not feel like I was really pushing the limit. I was searching for the ultimate physical challenge this week. After all, the 10K was a walk in the park!

I was chatting with fellow housewife Brooke Page, and invited myself to Friends and Family Day at her Seal PT Training. I had heard about the intense workouts she did with them and the challenge this program provided. I thought to myself, training like a Navy Seal for 1 day sounds right up my alley! I could do this, right?


My alarm went off at 3:50am, and I began to prepare for my newest adventure. My stomach began to knot up and I started to wonder what in the world I had just signed myself up for?! I hope you are all noticing a trend with me by now – I get all excited about pushing the limit, I sign myself up for torture, and then panic right before doing it! Nonetheless, protein shake in hand, I rode into the dark. I sat in the parking lot as others gathered and realized that it was pitch black out there! I am telling you, I saw a few bats! I saw Brooke and felt confident that I was not in it alone. I finished signing the waiver and took position.

I heard shouting and a man's voice calling out, “Push-up position!” I looked around and thought, huh.. in the parking lot? I dropped down with the others and realized the torture was about to begin. Brooke reassured me we'd be OK and that I could do it. The next thing I knew, we were jogging in the park, and then the instructor had us meet in a field for more push-ups!

To make matters worse, all guests were front and center before the class and HIM! Next we jumping up, arms out and we were jogging in place and then sprinting. The instructor saw my arms shaking frantically, my smile turned upside down and I think he may have been reading the ill thoughts running through my mind. He warned the class that any arms that drop will result in additional push-ups for everyone! I held them up and heard the group behind me cheering me – that gave me strength to keep it up. Then it was back to running, sit-ups, half sit-ups, push-ups, more push-ups, bear crawls and team challenges. At this point, I was thinking I was going down. My life was flashing before my eyes.

After more vigorous routines, the class came to an end, but not before 1 last jog to my car. I was relieved that it was over, and rejoiced in the pain I began to feel. I did it! What's more amazing is that I loved it! The physical challenge that this class offered was off the charts. I proved to myself yet again that I can overcome any obstacle or challenge set in front of me as long as I put my mind to it. As I told a friend the other day, "Life has no limits – I just go after what I want!"

Don't be afraid to challenge your bodies or yourselves. Is there a class you have been dying to take? A new routine you want to do? Don't be afraid, fear only holds us back from reaching our greatest potential. Go out there and just do it!

As always, I would love to hear from you at stacyryoudocs@gmail.com.

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This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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