So as of yesterday, I entered week 4 of my training regime (courtesy of Satnam Chana). My body is starting to adapt to the stricter meal planning and more intense fitness routine. I have to admit though, on Friday it took a lot to get through the workout. I had finished my weight routine which was basically 5 set’s of Smith’s machine Military Press to front of face (50 reps, 40 reps, 30 reps, 20 reps and 10 reps, increasing by 5 pounds each time with 30 seconds between sets). I always enjoy lifting weights. Quite frankly, I look forward to weights and could probably just devote all my exercise time to them. Just seems more fun for me and I guess which guy does not want to keep working and improving on their musculature J I then headed to the stairclimber. As I got on, was feeling pretty good. Entered my weight, entered 30 minutes, entered the level, and here we go. The first 10 minutes were not too bad. Keep in mind, I am now on an exercise routine 5 days a week, sat/sun off, and this past Friday was the completion of the 3rd week. As Satnam has inspired in me, if I wanted to take my fitness to the next level , I will have to have the right combination of a regimented diet and depleting workouts. As I passed 10 minutes on the stairclimber, I increased the step rate. A few minutes later, started to feel the “hurt” in my legs….especially the shins. There was a time around the 18 minute mark when that “stop” button was looking oh so tempting. What I remembered about working out was to keep yourself mentally focused…. aware….clear… and trying not to let the physical take over. So I did what any guy who loves kirtan would do and started chanting “Waheguru” with each step. Slowly but surely, my awareness shifted from the physical pain to the chant. But I would soon find myself feeling the pain again, and even more intense, at which point I am telling myself, “focus, focus, focus! Waheguru, Waheguru….” At 23 minutes, that “stop” button looked even more tempting. I told myself, I could end all this aching and hurting right now….I was hearing myself say, “you have been so great for the past 3 weeks….you can stop now…there’s only 7 minutes left…so what if you only do 23 minutes today?” It would have been so convenient….yet, I did not do so….I reminded myself of the goal and vision that I have in mind….I reminded myself that I have given Satnam my word that I will remain dedicated to his plan….I reminded myself that I have to be accountable to myself….the chanting got me through it…..and it will continue to get me through it…..at the end of 3 weeks, has it been worth it? One hundred percent indeed! I am looking forward to seeing the outcome in the next several months. Feeling energetic, ambitious….. and playing and singing on the harmonium has never been so exhilarating as it is these days….