Every once in awhile, I have to sit back and really appreciate how lucky I am. Today is one of those days. It is all too easy to get caught up in the day to day small things that I tend to give WAY too much power to, like a driver talking on their cell phone who cuts me off, or when a co-worker steals my favorite pen off my desk. Without being conscious of it, things like these can be a trap for my mind to get caught in. When in reality, they should just be fleeting annoyances, brushed off like water on a duck's back.
What I should spend more of my thought-time on is how incredible my friends are. On Wednesday I sent out a challenge. The challenge was for myself, and I would be doing it no matter what, but I thought, what the heck, I'll invite any of my readers to do this with me. Two of my closest friends stepped up to the challenge. They didn't have to do anything. They could have slept in on Saturday with their boyfriends, and then enjoyed a nice breakfast before heading out to run errands, or stop at a museum, or whatever else the day called them to do.
Friend "A" (in case she doesn't want to be famous) completed the challenge first. As I was out on a walk, I saw her Facebook post. It simply said "shredded." I checked my e-mail a short while later, and she had sent me the proof of her efforts:
I love this picture. This might be the best picture anyone has ever taken for me. The sweat, the emotion, her beautiful face...Like I said, I am so lucky to have friends that will do this for me.
Friend "B" (I KNOW she does not want to be famous, and may even make me take this pic down) completed the challenge second. I received her picture as I was doing yard work at the house I don't quite own yet (story for another day). She took a picture after each level...very smart, except for some reason, she doesn't turn red or sweat apparently. She runs crazy amounts of miles, so that probably has a lot to do with it. This was her pic after completing all three levels:
I love this picture too, for entirely different reasons. She looks hot. Like men would be afraid to approach her hot. Its raw, its real, and again, proof that my friends kick so much ass.
Now it was my turn. I got home around 12:30 after walking 3 miles, running fruitless errands, getting coffee, and a visit to my almost house. My boyfriend left for work, I changed, and it was ON. Level one went by so fast. I noticed how much stronger I am then when I first started using this video. Level two started out really hard, and then my body must have checked out for a bit, because the next thing I knew, I was done. My whole body feels like jell-o, and I am soaked in sweat:
Thank you friends A and B for making me so lucky. Your support means so much to me. Oh, and by my calculations, that roughly 60 minutes of circuit training burned us each about 900 calories. I will take that any day.