That was the main question I asked myself in January 2013. The Insanity Workout is intimidating. The name by itself suggested that if I embarked on this journey I need to be placed in an asylum. My husband put the challenge out there – he said, “Let’s do the insanity Workout together.” I took the challenge willingly and no bribes were involved. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, “You are not going to make it, but at least you can say you tried.” I knew this thought was really aiming for defeat before I even started. However, my physical ability track is not the best. I was born in a coastal Haitian town. I can see the beach while standing on my balcony. Yet, I don’t know how to swim. Growing up, I had access to three bicycles at my house. Yet, I don’t know how to ride a bike. Two simple physical activities, with full access at my disposal and I never push my body to learn to swim or to ride a bike.
So, how would I get through the insanity Workout?
Well. I have good news. With my husband’s support, I completed the insanity two weeks after the scheduled date. I missed some days. I had soreness like I never experienced before. I had to make up workout days on rest days, but I actually completed the insanity. This would not have been possible without marital teamwork.
In marriage, we have the perfect set up for great team building experiences. Many couples do not enjoy the benefits of working together because they are so focus on fixing each other and getting their own ways. Give your spouse a chance. If your spouse approaches you with a new idea, seek to understand your spouse first. Discuss it. Don’t just shut it down. At least give your spouse a chance, you never know how working together will benefit you and your marriage. Trust me. I didn’t know that I could do pushups and level one drills. Honestly, I didn’t think I would make it. Completing the insanity with my husband benefited me physically, but it also helps us to grow closer as a couple. The level of support I received from my husband was just exceptional. My self-esteem in term of physical activities skyrocketed.
Fast forward to February 2014. I, Marie Mertilus, chose to initiate and embark on the Insanity journey again by my own free will. This time, my husband is supportive, but he is not waking me up to work out. I wake up willingly at 5:30 am. INSANE. Guess what? My husband is not even doing the Insanity Workout this time. I am on day 32 of the Insanity Workout. I haven’t missed a day of working out. PRETTY INSANE. I completed a month of the insanity workout and as of 3-6-14; I have 3 more days before I start the second month.
Oh! The places you will go when you work as a team in your marriage. I am looking forward to write another post when I complete the Insanity Workout. Working together with my spouse, I have learned to exercise physical and emotional muscles. Is this the same Marie who cannot swim or ride a bike? Is this the same Marie who have walked the Peachtree Road Race for the past 6 years instead of just running the 5K? Well, a new Marie has emerged. I have tapped into strengths I did not know existed. I am looking forward to learning how to swim and my husband gave me a bike. This might be a small step for many, but this HUGE for me. In February 2014, I started reaping personal and marital victories. And it all started, in January 2013 with the Insanity Workout challenge.
Now, it is your turn. Go make some personal and marital victories with your spouse.
Question: How have working with your spouse change you?
Thank you for reading.