Today's workout was a difficult one. So was yesterday. But they don't get easier, we just get stronger. I like that quote. It encapsulates the mindset needed to show up each day and push your body to it's maximum.
I thought I was strong three years ago before I started participating in training at AMRAP Fitness. Up until that point, I went to the gym 5 days a week and did the same routine week after week, year after year. Physically strong, yes. Mentally strong, no. I paid no regard to the food and drink I consumed. I didn't care about stretching and posture. I was comfortable. I didn't get uncomfortable until I began training with Ray.
I started training with Ray because the company I work for USIS began offering a corporate wellness program through Ray's training groups. I went through the motions the first year. I showed up once or twice a week, sometimes I took a week off. I still ate the same foods. I thought wheat bread was healthy so I went to Subway four days per week and ate a foot long sub on whole wheat bread. Oops.
On January 1st, 2017 I woke up not feeling great from the night prior. I went to class that week and noticed a posting for a 45-day challenge. Something clicked. This was a sign to challenge not only my body but my mind.
I didn't eat bread, sugar, or drink alcohol for 45 days. I was physically and mentally the strongest I had been in my life. I became a better husband, father, son, and employee. I wasn't reverting back to my old habits.
For the last 28 months, I've prepared the same four meals for my work week every Sunday. I eat only for nutrition and not for the taste. The broccoli gets a little messy by Friday and I need to thank my coworkers for putting up with the smell. I stopped drinking for a year and a half and now will only have a drink when I"m on vacation.
I train with Ray four days per week now and I put in what I want to get out. I want to be the best possible version of myself outside of the gym. AMRAP Fitness, Ray, and USIS have provided me with that opportunity. I am forever indebted to them and the AMRAP community.