I'm almost through my first week back from Summit and I want to give a shout out to someone who inspires me every day. Since returning, I've been working out to Beachbody's newest program called Shift Shop. I already think it will be one of my favorites. In all honesty, it is a much more demanding program than i am comfortable with, but great things come when we jump OUT of our comfort zones...right?! Anyway, I was prepared to go solo and power through it because I enjoy challenging myself.
My son has mentioned a few times that he wants to get into better shape and not just waste his summer doing nothing physically productive. He's your typical 15 year old male who splits his time between NBA 2K, teaching himself the guitar, and working a part time job. He is a fairly chill kid so I was happy when he wanted to work out with me. He has free weights and played football and ever since i started my at home workouts, he has been a little skeptical because how hard could it really be if "his mom was doing it."
There aren't many things harder than watching your child struggle. The first couple workouts were really rough and it was overwhelming for him because he wasn't prepared for the rigors of the program. He's the type of person who gets frustrated/angry when he feels like he can't do something (hmmm, I wonder where he gets that?) so he wanted to quit a lot. He was sweating and aching but I tried to my best to be his coach and not just his mom. He is almost 6 feet tall and 200 pounds but to me he will always be this little curly-haired kid with wide eyes and an infectious laugh.
But on this day he was a man struggling to keep up. He was tired and frustrated and wanted to stop but he kept going. And going. And going. He fought through it and paced himself and did what he could but he never stopped. He struggled and shook but he dug in and refused to quit even though it would have been easy and permissible because I wasn't making him do this- he wanted to. Those first couple workouts, we talked a lot about modification and that it is OK to modify. That we all have to start somewhere. How its not about doing the moves "perfectly", but just not giving up. There were hard conversations, some tears and lots of sweat. He has showed up, everyday.
Fast forward to today and he's hanging in there because he knows this is about a process and not instant results. He has grown up in a world where everything yields instant satisfaction and kids don't wait for anything longer than it takes to download an app. I am so proud that he is doing this with me because there are moments when I waiver and I want to stop just as badly as the next person.
And today...he told me to KEEP GOING, that we could do it. He was my cheerleader today. Looking next to me today gave me the strength to keep going.
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.