Week 10 – Going for Gold

“We are going for Gold” were the words of inspiration that Satnam Chana sent my way at week 9.  It is hard to believe that I am on my 10th week of a 12 week program specifically designed to help me reach my fitness goals.  At this point, I am pleased to say that I have been at the gym 5x a week all this time for at least 90 minutes each session.   The goal that I set for myself at the onset was perhaps a lofty one at that, and some may even say unrealistic for 12 weeks.  I am happy to report that progress has been positive and I have had reassurance and encouragement of the same from Satnam.   I am reminded of the importance of setting a goal or creating/having a vision…something that will keep you going since focus is so crucial for a process like this.   It has been an amazing journey to this point.  The immediate revelation that has been reaffirmed is that the body is indeed a “temple”; when respected and taken care of, it will respect you back with greater focus, greater alertness, greater strength, improved posture, more effective stress management….I could go on an on….the release of the healing “endorphin” effect is simply too great and too powerful….I am truly grateful for that.  Indeed….body, mind and spirit all need to be nurtured, taken care of, and respected in order to achieve the health I believe we all aspire towards.  I have mentioned before in some of my posts, I have personally noticed an improvement in my singing, performing, and commitment to “reyaaz” ; areas which always need more improvement and refinement.  Moreover, on the note of singing, I have noticed that I do push myself a bit more, or perhaps a little more “courageous” in trying to hit higher octave notes :). 

 

I honestly do not know where weeks 7-9 went.  It has been an incredible challenge  for me physically, mentally and emotionally.  As of week 7, Satnam had “raised the bar” (no pun intended :)) by increasing the workout intensity with respect to strength resistance exercises and cardio.  I have been amazed that I could last an hour on the stairclimber  (after half an hour of intense circuit of weights) when 6 months ago, I could only do 15 minutes (with a lot of struggle I may add).  Over the last several weeks, I have had moments where I have “hurt” physically with aches and pains, I have experienced numerous times first hand what it means to be “depleted”; a state where you barely have the strength to keep yourself standing on your two feet… where you are just yearning for a minute to sit or lie down….but you cannot because you need to stay true to the exercise regime and its intensity…I have experienced what it means to lift to “failure” where you try to do just one more rep (after about 30 or 40) even though you feel the burn….you feel the pain in the muscle….that pain in an odd way,  actually starts to feel like a “good” pain…..I have been amazed at how the human body can do even more when you think you cannot…indeed, we can be our own worst enemy…challenging yourself to become even better, even stronger is the key….this I guess holds true for all idealistic virtues….never stop trying or learning….keep going…..the aspect of mental focus is just so crucial in order to see a positive outcome….I am by no means close to being an expert on fitness….however, I can assure you, if you have the drive, determination, perserverance, along with an expert coach/trainor you will succeed.   As I said before, with each lift of a weight, or with each step on the climber, it has been the chant of “wa-he-gu-ru” that has kept the focus solidified….when my focus has wavered, I have counted on “wa-he-gu-ru” to keep me going… though I have now come to respect, focus on the process versus the outcome, we are indeed going for gold…