I should start this by saying Jenni at Mountain Fitness gets all of the credit for our idea of doing monthly challenges in the gym. She started the trend in January with 65 air squats a day, everyday in January. We piggy backed the idea and have decided to have a monthly challenge every month going forward. 

I stayed very steady with my squats the month of January, but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling our February challenge. 65 sit ups a day sounded like a great idea, but I just couldn’t muster the motivation to do anything outside of what was programmed for the day. It was mostly mental, and I did the challenge for 1/2 the month, but I just felt “EH” about the whole thing.

I knew a few weeks ago what I wanted to post for the March challenge, and I knew I didn’t want to do it. I also knew that because I didn’t want to do it, I needed to actually see it through. For starters, I needed to not break this promise to myself. I got this concept from my girl Rachel Hollis. If you haven’t read her book “Girl Wash Your Face” you should. Yes, the book is tailored to women but I think ANYONE could walk away feeling motivated to be better. Audio book is an option, she has a podcast and, even better, she has a FREE documentary out on Amazon Prime called Made For More. GO WATCH IT!!  Anyway, she talks in her book about the power of not breaking promises to yourself, and this was something that really hit home for me- especially after not following through on MY OWN February challenge.

You may have already seen this post on Facebook/Instagram, but if you missed it, I wanted to share it here. I hope that anyone reading this doesn’t feel like “again with the sob story”, because, friends- I’m just sharing my journey. Too many people don’t feel comfortable sharing theirs, and if I can break the stigma that sharing is “attention seeking”, “humble bragging”, and/or  “eliciting sympathy” all for the sake of self worth- well then gosh darn it- I’m gonna try! Also- almost ALL of 2018 reminded me that EVERYONE has a battle they are fighting, and like I was for the better part of a year, they are battling it silently. So- LOVE HARD because we just never know what people are going through.

Here was my post:
If you’ve been following along, you know a few things about me already. For starters, I’ve had a tough 2018/2019 with miscarriages. Infertility, in general, feels taboo to talk about, yet, 1/8 women have fertility issues while 1/4 will have at least 1 miscarriage. As desperately as I wanted baby #2, it was wreaking havoc on my body; emotionally & physically. After my fourth miscarriage in February, I decided I needed to take control of my health again. For the first time in a long time I didn’t feel sorry for myself. I felt empowered by what my body has been through, and so dang grateful for what I already have. I’m pretty convinced that having the right mindset & a grateful heart can help get you through just about anything. 


 This Midstate challenge is a way for me to take control of my fitness again. 

I’m literally attacking my biggest (and most dreaded) weakness. I’ve used plantar fasciitis for the last 2 years as an excuse to not get better, instead of taking care of it, and myself. I hope that you join me on this challenge. Let’s use this challenge as a way to celebrate what we can do, honor where we have been, and take control of where we are going. Gosh darn it guys, if you’re still reading- thanks for being a part of my journey.

 NOW- who is joining me?? Also- que ALL the deep blue!

If you could only take away one thing from that post, I would hope it would be this. Let’s use this challenge as a way to celebrate what we can do, honor where we have been, and take control of where we are going. 

That’s it guys. For me this challenge is a way to get better at running. This challenge is a way for me to hold myself accountable to something I don’t particularly enjoy. This challenge is a way for me to fix my body that hurts from running. This challenge is a way for me to celebrate what I can do. I CAN RUN. This challenge is a way for me to honor where I have been. I was pregnant 4 times in the last 10 months for a total of 27 weeks. It is ok that I gained weight. It is ok that I had a hard time staying consistent in the gym. It’s ok that I am not my fittest right now. It’s ok that I was struggling emotionally during those months. For so long I was insecure about those things, rather than honoring the process & what my body was going through. This challenge is a way for me to TAKE CONTROL of where I am going mentally & physically.
I know what I am running for during this March challenge. What are you running for?! 

Oh yeah- I almost forgot. March challenge: run/walk/row/bike 3+ miles a week for every week in March (starting this week). Enjoy that sunshine, friends! It IS NOT too late to start, in fact, I hope you join us! Please tag me on Instagram/Facebook. Seeing your posts, is so motivating & inspiring. It is such a glorious reminder of what a community we really are.

All the feels,
Coach Cami