Thursday, March 22, 2012

This Will Take Maximum Effort!!

Once again a couple weeks have passed, and I have been M-I-A with posting. I'm still traveling quite a bit for work, but I have managed to get in some more court time with all the high-temperature, sunny weather we're having.

Since I lasted posted, I participated in a tennis tournament and made it to the Finals in Womens 3.5 Doubles. My partner and I battled for 3 long sets, including a tie break to decide the match. We came up short, 6-8. The loss was a very tough pill to swallow, and my legs were like jelly with 4 matches in 3 days. Hearing how down I was after the loss, my coach was awesome (as he always is) and gave me major kudos for making the finals in a very competitive tournament. The experience motivated me more to continue to get in the best shape I can because I want to do more of these tournaments in addition to my goals to make it back to USTA State Championships again!

I also got a chance to network with a great bunch of ladies in my industry this week. I always learn valuable tools that I can use at work and in my personal life at these meetings. In addition to the tools from the meetings, I was inspired by some of the stories of weight loss, marathon running, and Zumba certification. I love my job, but it's pretty evident that health & fitness have become my extra-curricular passion. When I can get inspired about my personal passion while engaging in the career I do enjoy, it's a NICE BONUS!

I have been tweaking my diet some on top of doing a 21 Day Daniel Fast with my Church (which started Monday). While most of the things that are eliminated in the fast are already absent from my diet, giving up meat, including seafood is a challenge--ESPECIALLY WHILE TRAVELING as I still need to make sure I include sufficient protein in my diet! It is forcing me to think about sacrifice and self-restraint--lessons that are always good to reinforce and practice.

I also started the Max portion of the Insanity program this week. MAX and INSANITY--enough said!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What's Going on and What Keeps You Going Shay Shay?

Wow, it's March! I can't believe it! 2012 is already flying fast. I say this every year, but every year does seem to go faster and faster.

So, what's been going on with Shay Shay?

Shay Shay has been one busy girl with work, work travel, and just trying to keep up with life. This past week, I let life get in the way too much and got behind on Insanity. I am four days behind, but I am excited to get back on track tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the next 5 1/2 weeks of Insanity work.

Life has also gotten in the way of my time on the courts, but I got a chance to get on this past Thursday and participated in Bootcamp Tennis today. Oh, did it feel great! I ran the hills by the courts, backpedaled and ran the lines, and did cone speed work drills. Then we picked up our rackets and knocked the fuzz of the balls. Over 3 hours of drills and match play; I had a blast! How cool is it to workout without it feeling like a workout?

With my awesome workout on the courts, I am ready to really work to get in SUPER-DUPER tennis shape. As anyone who knows me, knows--this journey to lose fat and win is about more than just looking great. I really am committed to becoming the best all-around athlete I can.

This commitment keeps me going more than that bikini that I am determined to sport.

High tennis and swimsuit season is coming. Let's Go!