I don’t remember how I got to know about #WeDoHardStuff, but from the look at my first Facebook post this was on June 19th, 2017. As soon as I entered the group and discovered that the only thing I needed to do for Jesse Itzler (the100mileman; have a look at his website for more information about him!) to donate $100 to a good cause was work out, I was convinced. I had to do this. Get fit AND help a charity? If I couldn’t do this, what could I? So in the 12 following days I did exactly:
1400 jumping jacks, 450 squat jumping jacks, 16 minutes of planking, 318 push-ups, 200 squats, 200 shoulder touches a side, 180 sit-ups, 175 burpees, 168 broad jumps, 140 crunches, 60 mountain climbers a leg, 20 lunges a leg and 20 chair-dips.
It wasn’t easy at the time, but looking back committing to this challenge was one of the best decisions of 2017. My finisher’s message of June shows just how much those two weeks had already brought me:
“YESSSS Silver in the pocket! #Teacherspet and #Finalexams make 5 in the last 36 hours and 10/10 in June 😀 Although I’ve thought a million times ‘I can’t do this, I’m gonna stop.’ I never stopped and did it anyway! Because I actually realized: Hard is just temporary 😉 I remember my first challenge about 2 weeks ago I just collapsed during the 2-minute plank, but today I felt strong enough to keep myself up 😀 Ready for July’s challenge!!”
Then July’s challenge came. This month I was gonna work out for the Malala Fund, so I would be helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the right to education. Just by working out?! Why did I only discover about this now? What an amazing way to help each other! So in July I did at least: 20 miles of running, 470 burpees, 1560 jumping jacks, 315 jump squats, 230 push ups, 130 chair dips, 3 minutes of wall sit, 130 broad jumps, 150 sit-ups, 90 squats, 150 mountain climbers, 90 crunches, 90 high knees, 5 minutes of planking, 125 shoulder touches a side and 90 bicycle crunches.
July taught me that ‘hard stuff’ is not necessarily physical. Part of this months’ challenge was also sharing our dreams, tips, books (Jesse’s Living With A SEAL is next on my reading list) and life experiences. The support everyone gets out of this inspirational group is just amazing! By now I felt much more energetic and motivated most of the time, not just about the challenges but it resonated through all parts of my life. I grew stronger and people began to tell me I looked great.
On the 1st of August I felt like a little girl on Christmas morning again. I was waiting for the new challenge filled with excitement. It turned out to be a ‘buddy’ challenge, so I immediately texted my friend to join me. She was directly in and we started the challenge together. Somehow I hurt my back and had to take a break, which made her the only August finisher among us.
By the beginning of September I’d recovered from my back pain and bronchitis. I couldn’t wait to pick up this challenge again, because I just didn’t feel as good when not working out. Physically, but also mentally, #WeDoHardStuff makes me feel stronger, more determined and more motivated to take action in every part of my life.
I now realize more than ever that ‘hard’ is always just temporary, while the things that come afterwards are worth a million. ‘Hard’ is also relative. After reading everyones #MyHardest (the hardest thing we ever did), those burpees suddenly didn’t seem that difficult anymore.. Now, whenever I’m hating burpees (I will NEVER like them), I remember they’re just burpees. And they’re nothing compared to some of the life events me and others have been through. Also, whenever the going gets tough in life, for example with the building of my website or the shaping of my future, I remember all of those workouts I did and it makes me feel like I can handle the whole world. Just-keep-going and you’ll get there! Take it 1 burpee at the time.
So now I finished for the 3rd time and recently we got our October challenge. I’m loving it and with me many others. Thank you Jesse, for making this possible!! Please share this post and visit the #WeDoHardStuff page to join us in working out for American Red Cross. Get started and improve your own life and that of others at the same time! 🙂