SAYEH'S LITHE DIVING (FINAL RESULTS!)! 3 May 2011
The following blog entry is meant to be read while listening to MC Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit”. (I’m pretty sure one of his dance moves is the “out-in-out” from High Mini.)
Dear Fellow Lithers,
When I sat down to write my very first Lithe Diving blog, I already knew what song I would choose for my final entry. Well, almost. It was a toss-up between “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” and “End of the Road” by one of my favorite groups of all-time EVER, Boyz II Men. (I’ve seen them in concert 6 times. Most recently at the State Fair of Texas while eating a deep fried Twinkie.) But after this weekend I realized that neither of them make any sense for my final ditty.
It was Saturday morning, and my last class of the challenge: High Mini with Gerri. Her energy was infectious. The music was up and we basically looked like we were making an MC Hammer video (see above link) minus the pyrotechnics and baggy pants. During the last 30 seconds of grueling sprints, I knew I was moments away from a major accomplishment. At a point in class where I would normally be praying to God to put me out of my misery, I put my head down, picked my knees up and went as hard as I could.
When Gerri mercifully called time, I involuntarily did a Molly Shannon Superstar-esque move and screamed, “CHALLENGE OVER!!” and then proceeded to do a little Rocky dance and give Gerri a high five. Yes, I still high five. And yes, everybody was looking at me like a crazy person. A little much for 10am on a Saturday morning, I know, but I couldn’t help myself. I was done--something which I was also yelling.
Then Gerri said something that brought me out of my delirious happy place. “Well, you’re not done. You’re just done with the challenge.”
I almost fell to my knees and did the whole Whyyyy GOD! WHYYYYYY! thing, but I controlled myself. It’s not like Gerri was trying to rain on my parade. Clearly, I’ve been writing about all my post-challenge plans on the blog, so this wasn’t news. So why the freak out? I think I can sum it up in one sentence.
Losing weight and getting fit is hard work.
That’s it. It is just hard EFFING work. And I think that also sums up what I’ve learned through this whole Lithe Diving thing. There is no magic pill, no magic diet, no magic weight that shakes and makes you look obscene while it sculpts your arms. No magic anything. It’s straight up hard work. You have to commit to it. You have to make it a priority, and you have to continue to do it...
FOREVER. FOR. E-VER. (Imagine the kid from The Sandlot.) FOR. E-VER.
I used to workout and change my diet with a finite goal in mind. A wedding. A reunion. A number. I would think to myself, I’m going to eat salads everyday for lunch until that thing where I’m going to see my stupid ex-boyfriend. He must see how hot and thin I am and wander the streets for hours afterwards in a sad stupor wishing he never let me go. I would Lithe 4-5 times a week for the whole month of May only because I needed to be in a swimsuit for Memorial Day.
Once, the event passed or I was down to the weight I had been working towards, I would stop.
Somewhere along the way in life, I got the idea that once I reached a fitness goal, I could stop eating healthy and working out and just maintain. I don’t know why I would think this because it actually makes zero sense. And of course, it never works. Every time, I slowly climb back up to a weight that I’m unhappy with and start all over again. I think that’s called insanity.
The truth is it never stops. This month, I’ve learned to think about food differently. I’ve learned that success isn’t just measured by a scale. And now I’ve really learned what Lauren means when she says that Lithing and eating right are a lifestyle. There is no end of the road. We don’t have to say goodbye.
I know it could be perceived as depressing to think about. No end to working out? Constantly striving to make good food choices? But I think it’s actually kind of liberating. There are no more frantic pushes to some predetermined finish line. No more uphill battles where I race the clock to a big party or goal weight. Instead, my workout and my new relationship with food will be a steady force in my life.
This is my life. My Lithestyle.
I’m not only too legit to quit working out, I’m too legit to quit the blog too! I hope that you’ve gotten a few laughs and maybe read something that’s resonated with you, because over the next few months, I’ll continue showing up in this space once a week. I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and will be your very own guinea pig--partaking in all things Lithe and sharing my experiences. Next up? The Blueprint Cleanse! I’m going to take it, tell you how it goes and hopefully answer any burning questions you may have, if you’re considering it.
Thank you all so much for following me and supporting me for the last month. Your kind words of encouragement on the blog and in the studio have meant more to me than you can imagine. It’s been an incredible, life-changing experience.
I’ll continue to see you in class and on the blog,
Sayeh's amazing before and afters via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel.