Yesterday was my final session with Brendan. 😦
You know, for all the complaining and bitching I did over the year, it was most definitely worth it. Brendan taught me that I can push myself harder, that there are things my body can do that I never thought I would be able to do. Are there still moves that I hate? Of course! (pull ups, anyone?) But there are also ones that I’ve come to love, like burpees.
Yes, that’s right, burpees.
OK, so maybe love is a strong word, but I no longer hate them. Why? Because I can do them, and I can do them multiple times…like at least 20 at a go. And after a bit of a rest, I can do 20 more!
Not bad for someone who nearly cried doing them the first time.
But this post isn’t about me (well, it kinda is); this post is about what I’ve learned.
I’ve learned that I have the type of metabolism that has to be activated each day. Unfortunately, I don’t have one of those bodies that can just be lithe and strong…I have to work at it, and that’s okay.
I’ve learned that cutting out all the refined shit from my life works wonders on my insides. I’ve been a vegetarian for eight years, but this year, with all the veg and fruits and juicing we’ve been doing, I feel healthy on the inside.
I’ve learned that nothing in life is more important than one’s health. It is my responsibility (and no one else’s) to ensure that I live the healthiest life possible (with a few cheats here and there, of course). Everything in moderation.
I’ve learned that it is vital for me to be a healthy role model for Ella. I love that she wants to run when she knows I’m going out for one. I love that she wants to try yoga with me when I do my routine. I love that her idea of a snack is lettuce leaves, pepper strips, and a big, juicy apple. (who is this child??)
I’ve learned to love myself, love handles and all. I love that my husband loves my curves. I love that I have curves. I’m not overweight; I am Rubenesque! 🙂
I owe a lot of this new-found knowledge to Brendan. Once again, thank you for showing me that a healthy life is all about learning and trying new things. You have been an awesome teacher, and you will be truly missed.