Sometimes I like a little competition and it's nice to win.

I've gotten comfortable with Body Pump.  It's something I know that I can make it through without dieing and I can go at my own pace.  Lately I've felt really good so I have been increasing my weight and people have noticed.  The same people are going and we're all getting to know each other and it's just a lot of fun.  I never thought I would become part of a group at a gym and have people who push me like this group does.  Being in a class makes you want to keep up with the people around you or show the new people what you can accomplish and that you have been coming for a while. 

This last week there were two new guys that decided they would give it a go.  They took several breaks, lifted minimal weight, and by the end of the hour, couldn't do a plank.  I completed all of those things with an increased weight and it felt amazing.  To see them laying on the floor and I was still in full plank mode.  I'm nearly 300lbs and to see these buff, in shape looking guys not finishing 800 reps made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. 

I ran 1.5 miles on Wednesday and a mile on Thursday and I'll be back at it tomorrow.  Things are going well and I am determined to run the entire 5k coming up and then afterwards, buy myself a new pair of running shoes!