Thursday, March 24

March 24, 2011 - Boot Camp Commitment

This morning I attended the last session of the 12 week series of Indy Boot Camp sessions I started the first of January. Of course, being a contemplative person I have one thought that keeps coming to mind when I think about what I learned during my stint in this series of Boot Camp….

Interest vs. Commitment

I read in book that for any goal you have to think about if you are interested or committed to that goal. I think my personal experiences emphasize the difference between interest and commitment.

I started Boot Camp because Tod asked me to write about it. Honestly, I was petrified to agree to it since I am not a morning person, I did not like the last Boot Camp I attended, and at the time was in the throes of a deep funk. However, my overwhelming desire to push myself, see if my meds were really working, and belief that everything happens for a reason led me to agree.

I told myself that I was going to focus on exercise this year since I want to walk the Marathon next year. After one session of Boot Camp I signed up for 3 months worth of sessions. I made a promise to myself to attend all sessions. I proudly report to you that I did attend every Boot Camp day. I have a drop in body fat percentage to prove it.

This is commitment.

I also told myself that I was going to focus on losing weight again. I made a deal with Portia to donate money if I did not lose weight. Oh, I would lose a couple of pounds, gain them back, lose a couple more pounds gain them back. I never seriously kept track of my food, but would definitely get mad at the scale if I did not see what I wanted. I ended Boot Camp the same weight as I went in to Boot Camp.

Don’t get me wrong. I WANTED to lose more weight, but I was feeling okay. Life is good. I never took the time to plan my meals. I still ate healthy, but not for weight loss. I did not do everything I needed to do to see weight loss.

This is interest.

When you are interested the goal gets thrown aside for “special events.” When you are committed you climb over or knock obstacles down to reach your goal.

I reached my goal of attending all Boot Camp sessions. For that…I am proud.

I maintained my weight. For that…I am also proud.

What’s next?

1) I commit to attending all Boot Camp sessions for the next session.
2) I COMMIT to eating to lose weight for the next 10 weeks.

Take Care,

P.S. Sometime this weekend Part 2 of the Video Blog will be available!

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Marci Powell said...

Kristi...Congrats on you huge accomplishment! I get the Indy Boot Camp FB updates and occasionally read your posts. Again...congratulations attending for 12 weeks without missing a class AND writing about it all is amazing!

Kristi said...

Thanks Marci!