Originally Published on June 9, 2015 at www.theconfidentcanuck.com
The subtle vibration on my right wrist stirs me out of a deep sleep. The blinking alarm announces that it's 6:00am and ready to rise on the black strap of my FitBit Charge HR that I wear religiously - day and night. The faint light from outside begins to dimly permeate the dark room with rays of golden sunlight, as my night eyes try to adjust.
"Can I just skip it?" I think to myself. "What's one day?"
Pushing my negative and self-destructive thoughts aside, I quietly trudge out of bed attempting not to wake my husband and rummage through my hoards of clothes to get ready. Nike Pro Training shorts - check. Sports bra - check. Colourful activewear tank - check. Hoodie to seal in my warmth for the drive - check. Headphones - check. Wristbands - check. Running shoes - check. Water with BCAA's and supplements - check.
As the initial drowsiness wears off, a sense of excitement and anticipation forms. No one enjoys fasted cardio, but the surge of energy to kick start my day and the sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning is incomparable. This journey, this commitment that I've made, is binding in my eyes. I plunged in head first, sipped the metaphorical Koolaid and radically transformed my life ever since.
Now, 6 months later of 6-7 workouts per week, 8 liters of water daily, regimented macro meal plan, balancing work, home and fitness life, I have just completed competing at the OPA Ontario Championships at a Provincial level this past weekend with a top ten finish after having place second for my category at my bikini debut in Mississauga a month before.
Let me tell you, the validation stemming from the heavy silver medal placed around my tanned, lean body as my arms were raised victoriously was a feeling like never imagined. That be