” You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” That is the quote that lingers in my head when I come close to giving up. I remember in my Bikram Yoga class, the instructor would repeatedly say, mind over matter. It meant nothing to me… with time, I practiced to speak to my mind, that only resulted in me looking like a crazy woman and having mini arguments with myself. Then, I read this quote on a bus back in London. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” Ever since, when I am beaten to the ground, I remember this phrase. And I get back up. It’s never easy, but I have no choice.
During my endurance challenge with Real Pilates, for the 22 days, I have had ups and downs. They say exercise is the best way to release stress but no one said to me that there will come a point during the challenge that I will feel beaten to the ground…emotionally, but the best part of it all, was on good days, I felt brand new. And there isn’t any feeling in the world that can beat that.
I have been doing the Pilates challenge with Real Pilates for 22 classes so far, drinking 22 jars of green juice so far, thanks to Delinda my private instructor who pushed every single muscle, bone and pushed my limits which I thought I had in the past. I am almost at the finish line and yes there were good times, there were bad times, but I have dropped a jeans size already, nearly lost my post baby stomach, my core muscles and my abs have slightly started to show more, my flexibility has improved, I now walk taller, proud and I have never ever felt this satisfied.
Total body toning, weight loss classes, dance classes, Xtend Barre, reformer and Cadillac and most of all my morning run by the beach with Delinda are the classes I have been taking. I know it’s coming close to the end, but I have extended my 30 day challenge to a lifestyle and I cannot see myself stopping anytime soon. No matter how hard it gets. I have no choice but to go on.