Tough Mudder – Go Time!

Down 184lbs and ready for Tough Mudder Whistler 2015
Down 184lbs and ready for Tough Mudder Whistler 2015

It’s GO Time!!

Well after all the waiting it’s finally time to head to Whistler for Tough Mudder next week. It seems like forever ago that we signed our team up for Tough Mudder Whistler 2015. The Hopeful Finishers are going to get it done! On our team is my husband Trevor, my cousin Lindsay’s husband Jason and his brother Jeff and friend Jeannelle. I haven’t met Jeff and Jeannelle but I have a feeling we will all know each other very well by the time we complete the course.

When I signed up for Tough Mudder I was down 90lbs and hoping that this commitment would help keep me focused on the task at hand to lose all my weight. Signing up for this event along with many runs in between has helped with my success without a doubt.  I have now lost 184lbs; my current weight is 194lbs with only 20lbs to go before I hit my goal weight.  I wasn’t going to make the commitment to do Tough Mudder but Trevor and Jason both reassured me that we will stay together as a team and help each other, even if that means walking for parts of it.  But now, I don’t even feel like I will be necessarily the “weakest” on the team.  It doesn’t really matter but I am so much more fit than I was when I signed up, I am going into this with realistic expectations but full of excitement!

For me, the scariest part of Tough Mudder is facing my fears. Fear of heights, fear of taking risks and putting myself out there and potentially getting injured. I know there will be some obstacles that I just physically won’t be able to complete but I am going to give it my everything to get as far as I can in every obstacle.  When I am doing this and want to quit because my body hurts or I am scared, I will be reminding myself that 17 months ago I weighed 378lbs, I was morbidly obese, depressed and sitting around waiting to die, literately.  So for me, on this day, it will be all about how far I have come.  I am not going to die doing Tough Mudder and when I am done I will have never felt more alive!

Weight Watchers has played a huge part in all of my training and getting ready. I still haven’t had a gain since I started Weight Watchers Online on January 12, 2014, which I find weird but a good weird. 🙂 I still have a great life, my social life is full, I do anything I want but I just make sure my eating is always under control. I am 44 so I still like to have a bit of fun, but I have managed to do that and still stay on track because of the Weight Watchers program.  I am still weighing, measuring and counting everything religiously!

My many hours spent at Moksha Yoga Westshore will play a huge role in my conditioning, both physically and mentally as well. I know my training should have involved more weight training but with constant shoulder issues I finally decided to back off the weights until I am done Tough Mudder. Yoga has not only made me a stronger person but it has also made me more mentally prepared and stronger. It has taught me that breathing is a really important piece when you are training or performing, seems silly but you would be surprised how much we hold our breathe when we are being physically challenged.

If you are sitting there wanting to do something but doubting you can do it! Think again, you CAN do anything if you set your mind to it.  If you want it bad enough, it is there for the taking! And yes I do know how hard it is, and every second of it was worth it!  Go get it!

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