Challenges and Obstacles

Roger after his first day of bootcamp.

Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Today was a hard bootcamp. Dustin told us at the beginning that it would be so I braced myself for it. Unfortunately, at the end, I was very disappointed with myself because I don’t feel I had one of my better days. In fact, I felt as sore, tired, and nauseous as I did after my first day of bootcamp 5 months ago.

We did the bar workout and it was great at first. Dustin partnered me up with another guy and we used an amount of weight that we had used previously that was challenging yet within my ability. We then broke and moved to cardio for about 5 minutes. We used an incline of 15 degrees and a speed that I again had used previously. This time I didn’t do as well. For some reason I just couldn’t kick it out there. The rest of class went pretty much the same way. I was doing some things that I had done well before that today I just couldn’t do. Or at least not for very long. As a result I had to ask myself what was the problem?

The first thing that came to mind was maybe I just hit a wall today. It had happened previously this summer, maybe just a recurrence. Next, maybe I was just tired. Long weekend, traveled, stressful night last night plus the excitement of having many family visitors coming for the holidays didn’t make for the most restful night. Could have been that I don’t usually eat before class as I’m in such a hurry at that time of the morning. I took my daily medication on an empty stomach and it didn’t feel too settled after. Maybe that was it. Or maybe it was just Dancing With The Stars and all the controversy around Bristol Palin (I was ok that Jen won but would have preferred Kyle). In any event, something just didn’t work for me today.

Okay, so now I figured I have to decide what I can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I needed to figure out what were challenges I needed to meet, what were obstacles I could deal with and overcome, and what were things maybe affecting me that I really can’t do anything about.  Okay, first I looked at the obstacles I could deal with myself.  I figured I can get to bed earlier to be more rested. I can try to find something to eat that’s not so filling it really upsets my stomach but won’t leave me without some kind of fuel. I can try to have more me time to help deal with the stress of having a special needs child. I can also promise to never watch Dancing with the Stars again since they rarely have stars on anyways.

Next, I looked at the obstacles that were really out of my control. I think the biggest thing there is the stress of dealing with a special needs child. Other than the me time, not much I can do. As an aside, if there is someone in your life, friend or relative, that is the parent of a special needs child and you want to give them an awesome present…offer to stay with their child for a couple hours or take the child out for a couple hours, just long enough to allow them to shop, go to lunch, dinner or a movie, or even so they can take a nap and refresh themselves. They probably really need the respite and this gift will be much appreciated.

Finally, I have some challenges I need to meet but I’m saving that for my next post.

I also did take some time today to reflect and give myself some positives. I did get up and go to bootcamp. I tried my best and did what I could. Even though I was pretty sore I remember that Dustin said we would be sore after workouts. And I set up challenges for myself to help me keep moving forward. So, as they sing on The Facts of Life, you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have…well, you get the idea.

Have a safe, happy Thanksgiving.


  1. Awesome post Roger and oh so true! I had the exact same experience with BC yesterday! For some reason, things I had done before just weren’t happening. I left with the same disappointed feeling. On a more positive note, I’ve decided being sore means I did something right. I’ve definitely got that going for me this morning 🙂 I guess we enjoy the weekend and get after it on Monday, right?

    It should be said on many more days than just Thanksgiving, but I am so thankful for parents like you! Also, thank you for the reminder that giving a little time can make a huge difference. I’ve got a friend to call. Happy Thanksgiving!

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