Sunday, April 18, 2010

open letter to my body ...

To my dearest body,

I know that we don't have the best history. I treated you poorly for so many years. Overeating. Refusing to do any serious cardio. I abused you. But you never failed me. You put up with anything I threw at you. Without uttering a single peep. And I thank you for sticking with me.

I've tried my best over the past six years to change my ways. To treat you like the idol that you are. I've cut my portion sizes. And learned about moderation. I've gained a love for exercise. And lost a ton of weight. I've run mile after mile. Pounding my joints with each step. I know at times I have been hard on you. But without fail, you have been there for me. Never complaining.

And in the past week, I've asked you to do even more. I've upped my running and added some serious cross training to our days. That cross training is named P90X and the two of you are not yet friends. After all these years of silence, you are finally speaking up. You are angry at P90X for disturbing what we had. You are working harder than you ever have and are undoubtedly feeling the pain. But I promise you, it will be worth it. Three months from now, when we look back on our time with P90X, our thoughts will be filled with admiration and respect and thanks. For you will be a stronger and more fit version of yourself. Nothing bad can come from this.

Oh, and one more thing. I know I it's a lot to ask with the all the cross training and everything, but if you could please just give me the mental and physical strength to make it through the 19-21 miles on our schedule today, I'd really appreciate it. Oh, and be sure to leave me enough juice for tonight's P90X session too!

xoxo,
Tonia

18 comments:

Rene' said...

love your post this am. made me laugh:) hope that you have a good run!!!

Trish said...

You are a crazy woman! Love it! Just scrolled down to finish my comment and the word for the word verification is "painess"!! How ironic :) And how awesome!

Tortuga_Runner said...

ha ha ha Love it! Good luck on your run. Logging 19-21 on a long run and no marathons on your schedule? What's up with that? Can't wait for your next post, 19 miles + P90X should make for an interesting recovery post :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Wow! You are really tough. P90x and 20 miles.in.the.same.day. What a great day you are having!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

That's a great letter! I hope you have a good long run today! :)

runningwithsass.com said...

too funny! I don't know how you are doing that and running!

Katye said...

goodness gracious! what are you running 19-21 miles for!!! you're nuts...and amazing

misszippy said...

That's great. I'm sure your body will reward you today!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

if your body could write a letter back, it would probably go something like this: Tonia, I should be thanking you for taking me to levels I never thought possible. thanks for sticking to your plans and sticking with me when I started getting achy and wanted to quit in the middle of a workout. together, we have done great things and will continue to make progress. oh yeah, and thx for making me look so good with those cool running skirts you dress me up with!

Jen said...

Good luck... I do not think I could do that many miles and have juice for P90X. We beign week #8... and I am thanking God that I do not officially start training for my marathon until June

Barefoot AngieB said...

Nice Job lady! I did 21 today and am totally skipping p90x today and doing it tomorrow. I don't do the silly Kempo workout and do a long run instead! Love this post!

Courtney said...

I've been tempted to try P90x so I'm excited to see what kind of progress you make. Good luck!

Anne said...

I am in awe...19-21 miles and P90X, all on the same day! What an admirable body :)

ajh said...

I hope you had a good long run!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

Hmmm. I can't wait to hear how Body replies to this.

You need a marathon, lady!

MCM Mama said...

You are crazy! P90X AND 20 miles? You obviously have too much energy on your hands. ;o)

Momma Twitch said...

You are SERIOUSLY one TOUGH momma. I'm proud of you! You really inspire me each time I read your blog. :)

fitandfortysomething.com said...

love this!