A few weeks ago I decided to finally get serious about exercise and signed up for WILDfit. I’m just beginning my third week, and I’m really loving the program. Okay, okay, I’m kind of hating it too - but hating it in a good way, because it’s definitely challenging!!
Basically, WILDfit is a 12-week program to get you in shape and to give you the mindset of an athlete. The main message is that all of us, even people with diabetes, can be athletes. There are weekly mantras to remind ourselves that “I am an athlete”. I’m working hard on that one - although I haven’t quite convinced myself yet.
For Week One I started off strong!! Although honestly, when I first saw the exercise schedule I was fairly taken aback. It looked much more intense than I had anticipated for the first week and I was sure I wouldn’t be up for the challenge. But I read through all of my training materials and watched my training videos. These gave me guidelines and information not only for the exercise itself, but also for diabetes and nutrition. And to my surprise, I was able to complete all of my workouts without much of a struggle at all!! I. WAS. PROUD!! For the structured workouts (three days where you are given a specific workout to complete) we have the option to walk, run or combine walking and running. I was able to “run” (sloooowly though) for all of the segments, which really surprised me and gave me my first revelation. Why have I struggled so much when training for 5Ks in the past? PACING. I never really knew what pacing was or understood how to use it. The first week of WILDfit gave me a solid understanding of pacing and perceived exertion, which allowed me to complete my training. Yay!!
Week Two didn’t go quite as well. I partially blame the weather. I need to be able to do my structured workouts outside because I don’t have a gym membership and my home treadmill is not built for running (aka: inexpensive manual treadmill that works great for walking but won’t withstand a run). So rainy weather on the days I needed to do two of the structured workouts caused quite a problem. I thought about what an athlete would do - and I decided that I would adjust and do the best I could. I ran in place in my living room. I matched the “Perceived Exertion” goals, but I still felt like I was cheating a bit. Luckily on Saturday, the rain was gone and I did my last structured workout of the week outdoors. However, I didn’t make it through my last run segment. Okay, I did finish . . . . but I didn’t run the entire segment. I was crushed. I hated that I had to walk for several minutes during the middle of my last segment, and I felt like a total failure. That kind of thinking is something I know I need to work on. This is a process. This isn’t supposed to be easy. It needs to be a challenge if it’s going to allow me to improve. So, as long as I am truly trying my best, I need to cut myself some slack. (Hello, easier said than done!!) I also know I learned more about pacing - specifically that I ran too hard in the first two segments, which is why I was unable to run the entire last segment.
The other thing I haven’t quite gotten down yet is our assignment to (ugh, here it comes . . . . . ) log. Oh logging . . . . I used to be so great at it, but those days are long gone. I’m supposed to be logging everything. Blood sugars, insulin, food, and exercise. I know this is helpful. I know I need this information for many reasons. I just haven’t quite gotten into the swing of it yet.
And here I am. Week Three of my 12-week program. Today is a structured workout day involving training on a hill. I thought about where I can find a hill that meets the workout requirements - I have one in mind but I’m not sure it will exactly fit the bill. But I’ll give it a shot and do my best. I’m motivated by the changes I’m already seeing in myself, both physically and mentally. I’ve also found that another great motivator for me is the cost of this program. At $150 for the 12-week WILDfit program, I definitely think it’s well worth the cost. On the flip-side, it’s a larger investment for exercise than I’ve made in quite a while, and that’s a good thing because it’s driving me to make sure I get my money’s worth. That is something that lies completely in my own hands, and I am determined to do every workout, read every newsletter, watch every training video, and use the program to it’s fullest.
I am an athlete? Well, I might not be completely convinced yet . . . . . but I think I’m on my way.