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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

Fight the mush.

I love to spin. The room is dark, the music is blaring and I get into a zone that I can't really explain. For those 45 minutes my mind shuts down and my body is challenged.

Spin class is an intense high calorie burn. It's invigorating, difficult and leaves every muscle in my body screaming "yes!!" when I'm done. Spin is a cardio workout filled with a combo of speed work and climbing. You have control of the resistance so you can control your ride. Heart pounding or slightly's all up to you.

One morning a few weeks ago our instructor said something during one of the more challenging parts of class. He said "this is when you turn your mush to steel. You build strong muscles, you get stronger, leaner, keep at it. You can do it. Fight the mush."

Fight the mush. That phrase resonated with me. It pushed me harder. I want to be leaner and more athletic. I want my mush to go away and my skin to tighten up. I want to be stronger.

I realized a few days later that I fight the mush everyday through healthy eating habits, exercise and a positive mindset. Having the motivation to continue comes from within but it's always good to get a little push once in awhile.

Before I started on my journey I was so scared of getting on that bike. I thought I'd look like an idiot. I believed I wouldn't be as fast or as strong as everyone else. Eventually, I realized that the only person I was competing against was me. Everyone in class gets into their own zone and they are focused on their own ride. Myself included. If I wanted to win, I would have to beat my previous ride.

Once I realized that, I took a deep breath, got on that bike and never looked back.

If I can do it, you can too. Find an activity that inspires you. Take a deep breath. Try it. Stick with it and you'll fight the mush too.

Remember that your Negative Ninny will try every excuse in the book to stop you from trying. Be stronger than those excuses. Shut the Ninny down and go for it.

Bee healthy. Bee happy.

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