Over the last year I’ve fixed so many things that felt wrong in my life.
My thoughts, my health my relationships, my parenting, and more besides.
I guess I could have tackled any area of my life, and goodness knows I had a few to choose from, but I decided to fix my health first.
It turns out it was a good decision because it has had such a positive impact in all the other areas of my life.
In material terms I’ve got nothing more to show for my efforts than had 12 months ago, but in physical, emotional and mental terms I’m a million miles away from where I was.
At the beginning of June when I started my challenge to get a flat stomach, run a marathon (1.5 miles at a time) and do 10,000 push ups, I had no idea of the feelings I’d experience today, the final day of the challenge.
Upfront I’ll tell you that I didn’t reach my goal of getting the abs (July is when that will happen), but I did do 10,000 push ups and not only did I run a marathon distance, I also ran an additional half marathon distance.
10,000 is a big number
With just 2 days left, I set it up so that I’d do 600 of the remaining 800 push ups leaving me just 200 to do today.
That hurt. A lot.
That kind of repetitive movement under the strain of weight is going to take its toll, and over the course of the month, it did.
So you can imagine that doing 600 on the penultimate day was a feat in itself.
I am so glad I pushed through it though, because this morning at 1130 I decided to make the last set of push ups memorable by doing them outside in the fresh air. Most of them I’d done in the living room or the bedroom so I figured a different location would help.
Ideally it would have been a bright sunny day but hey, this is England, so it was cloudy and dull.
I got down on the pavement and started cranking out the last set of 25.
When I got to 15 I could hardly believe it…. the sun cracked through the cloud just in time to shine a spotlight on my triumphant moment. I did the 10,000th push up with the sun’s warmth on my back and I felt so alive.
I felt no pain as smiled my way through the last 10, and I even counted, 9,998, 9,999, 10,000!
I know it sounds crazy, and you’re thinking, so what, you did some push ups, big deal – but it really was a big deal to me. Not for what it is, but for what it took to get it done. For what it says to me about myself, about the kind of person I’m becoming.
I will remember that moment forever, it’s burned into my memory and will become part of my story.
It doesn’t end there though…
Because right at the end of the day (11pm) I set out to run the last leg of my marathon plus half-marathon.
There was a brief moment when I didn’t think I’d be able to finish…
I wasn’t more than 400 yards into the run when I felt a twinge in my right knee.
There was no way I was stopping though. You don’t run 38 miles and then quit on the last mile. So I was going to run it no matter what. Fortunately the twinge disappeared and I was able to pick up the pace.
As I got within 800 yards of the finish I was stupidly excited and somewhat giddy–if you’d seen me you would have wanted to slap me in the face–I just couldn’t help myself.
I knew I had to finish in style, so I sprinted hard for the finish. It hurt like hell, my lungs were burning and I was going so fast It took me 30 yards to stop.
I can’t begin to describe how amazing it felt to finish the day with yet another success.
It turns out that two outta three ain’t bad!
I know I didn’t hit the fat-loss goal, but I’m close.
I still have a little way to go to get where I want to be, but if I stopped here and now, I would still be justified in feeling intensely proud of what I’ve achieved.
It isn’t just about this month, it’s about the the entire process of losing over 30lbs and then building my fitness up gradually until I reached a point where I was able to seize the opportunity to do something memorable and worthwhile.
So this post was about how to feel amazing…
And the answer is simple… do amazing things!
It doesn’t matter if it’s not amazing to other people, it only needs to feel amazing to you.
June 2012 will be a month I will never forget.