Somehow, some way, some of us get really lucky. We have opportunities to make connections with people who seemingly always have others' best interests at heart. One of these people happens to be Josh Holland. I met him just shy of two years ago through a mutual client, Technogym, where he serves at the brand ambassador. Aka, Technogym, this luxe gym company, knows the value of having someone of his caliber on their team. Well guess what? This company played their cards right because he's the kind of person that after just a few times of being in his presence (or being trained by him), you quickly know that this is a person you'd like to be friends with.
Anyways, without totally rambling, I had been training with him for quite some time, just up until my race back in May. And yes, as we are all aware by this point, my hip broke and had me sitting the sideline the majority of summer, doing (essentially) zero physical activity. Talk about a shot to the heart and a major shift in endorphins.
Needless to say: I was devastated. A girl who spent days doing high intensity interval training, boot camps, spin classes, running... the works.
And all of that said, it should be pretty obvious that I had worked quite hard to develop my body into something I was quite proud of, which happened over the course of many vigorous sweat sessions. My muscle definition was in check (not the easiest to obtain a toned arm - sadly!), my endurance was stronger than before and my eating habits were quite clean.
^ This version of me, this version, was a good version.
Well guys, for a while I felt as if I had lost that person. Just recently, I started to train again. I started doing Barre3 classes to really strengthen the pivotal muscles I had been working on in physical therapy and spinning again for my cardio push.
But, something was missing and honestly, it wasn't the easiest to pinpoint. I felt as if I hadn't gotten the total drive back that I had previously had. It was hard to not see the results I once worked for so hard coming back as quickly as I had wanted and wished.
In walks Josh, with the much needed program I needed: a program he created called the iamPOWERED Project.
It's a group focused on, what I like to say, wellness. Nope. Not getting skinny, not some sort of gimicky plan to get you jacked in a short period of time. Rather, it's a four week program to enhance the quality of your life. Wellness is composed of a lifestyle that's led. It's comprised of many components.
AND, Yes this does include things like weight management, muscle quality, focus on proper consumption of micronutrients and building a foundation that supports our 'animalistic' nature (sounds weird - but it's true).
So what did I accomplish in week one?
- Ability to do a 3 minute (rotating) plank every single day - it's not easy, you guys.
- Completely cut out: all dairy products as part of a two week experiment.
- Awareness: of muscle fatigue.
- Awareness: of every single thing that entered my body. I forgot how much I love focusing on this. Our bodies deserved to be fueled properly. They're what we've got to serve us for the rest of our lives. Ever think about that?
- Making new connections with similar minded people with similar end-games in mind.
- Re-setting: goals for my physical appearance.
- Respect for Josh Holland: a true gentleman and guy who goes above and beyond for the people he cares about. Why? Because his passion to serve and make others stronger is next level.
Look forward to keeping you guys in the loop. With one week down, I can honestly say, I feel noticeably different. And I can honestly say, I feel so inspired by the path I feel myself going down right now.
Part of this week's challenge? A 5 minute plank series. Updates to come... #strongerthanyesterday
PS - thanks Josh for including me in such an inspiring group. Blessed to know you. x