I joined a Beachbody fitness challenge (no affiliation with this offensive ad campaign). I have to admit that I am probably the least competitive person ever. The good thing about that is that I can be genuinely happy for other people who succeed. My happiness for others is uncomplicated by competition. The negative part of being noncompetitive is that I can be lazy, especially about exercise. Being stronger / faster / thinner than someone else just doesn't get me out of bed. However, fitness is important! Exercise has so many health benefits, plus being strong is fun because you can do more things with your body. Like aerial dance, which I currently still suck at.
So, fitness challenge. The awesome thing about the group I joined is that it's not just working out. We're also meditating twice a day, taking time to appreciate nature, a gratitude journal, and daily acts of kindness. All things I want more of in my life!
For the workout part, I'm doing Beachbody's P90X3. It's somewhere in between the "fuck your body, get injured" of Crossfit and the "pretty much just yoga and walking everywhere because I have no car" workout routine I had before. I've only been doing it for a few weeks, so I'll post updates, but so far it's fun.
If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I've struggled with having a stable routine over the past few years. My schedule is so crazy that it's hard to get to classes, so in theory I'm a perfect candidate for at-home workout videos. I've resisted them for various reasons, partially because the loud music and "Yeah! Pump it up!!" style of most workout videos is stressful, and partially because I associated them with terrible things like thinspiration and the whole fad-dieting industry. However... this one is good so far, and having the accountability of the group without actually competing with anyone is working well for me.
My plan is to gain 5 pounds of muscle and be able to do at least 2 real pull-ups in the next 3 months. This is my "before" picture. Look, I'm a person! Check out my post-workout hair! (ha, who am I kidding, my hair always looks like that)
Number of pull-ups: zero