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I Thought I Was Going to Die... Seriously

So it's been a couple of weeks since I started really working out at the gym 3 times a week, my trainer Jessica from Good Life has done a great job of creating a workout routine I can do at the gym for the next month and it has every part of my body crying in pain! But it's a good pain…because I know something has to be happening something has to be changing in body…I can't be suffering in vain...can I??!

But just as my aches and pains were slowly going away what did I decide to do? No not soak in an ice bath; no not take it easy until I could feel my arms again…I climbed THE STAIRS! Now if you live in the Hamilton area you are familiar with the stairs that dot the city, some people use them to get from A to B but a lot more people use them as a mode of outdoor exercise. So my husband who is in much better shape than I suggested we attack THE STAIRS one afternoon while the kids were still at school.  So I laced up my speakers and we drove to the spot and let me just say I didn't realize what I was getting myself into.  As we approached THE STAIRS one guy was just taking his last step when he exclaimed "I'm going to throw up!" You would think this would be a sign that I should just hop back in my car and drive back home and rest my weary bones but nope, I didn't!! I've been known to learn the hard way! So Elton and I started to descend the stairs at a jogging pace and as I got to the bottom I thought to myself I can do this…a little cocky I must say because I didn't know what I was in for…as I followed my husband as we started to ascend the stairs this time I felt it…my legs started to hurt…my breathing became labored and I kept thinking to myself how many stairs are there?!? But I got to the top rested for a few minutes and then decided to do it again! I know crazy right?! This time the journey down was a little slower as I knew that as soon as I got to the bottom I would have to start making my way up again…as I ascended for the second time up what I now call THE DEATH STAIRS… that's when it happened; my legs got slower; my heart got faster; my eyes got dizzier and I had to take a long rest. With only a few more steps to climb and people passing me as I sat huffing and puffing I thought to myself you can do this Maggie. After a few more minutes of catching my breath I stood to my feet and jogged up the remaining steps, I did it! Will I do it again?? YES!! This whole journey has taught me that I need to be challenged; I like to be challenged and even if things take me a little longer to do,  the important part is that I actually do it !

How are you doing on your journey? Let us know in the comments below!! 

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