Mind Over Matter

Mind over matter. This is what Vishnu tells me every time I talk about doing something physically difficult. Or when I complain about how sore/tired I am. In fact, this phase was said a lot leading up the Tough Mudder and a few days afterwards as well.

And every time he said it, I wanted to scream. I get the whole concept of mind over matter – how the mind is more powerful than the body – but the last thing I wanted to hear was, “Par, it’s all about mind over matter.” AHHHHHHHH!

Up until the Tough Mudder, I never put any real thought into the phrase. It was just something my husband said that annoyed me. But after putting my mind and body through “torture” as some people have described it, I have a new appreciation for what Vishnu was trying to tell me. The mind really is WAY more powerful than the body.

There were lots of obstacles (at least half) during the Tough Mudder that made me so nervous I wanted to throw up. I had zero clue as to how I was going to get through them. Like I said in my recap post, I almost got away with skipping a few. But what kept me going, aside from my awesome teammates, was the conversation happening inside my head. Because trust me when I say that my body was ready to stop multiple times. While I did train for the race and gained some strength in the process, I was not the strongest person on my team physically. Staying positive and pushing away self-defeating thoughts is what got me through that four hour adventure! My mind prevailed when my body wanted to walk and skip obstacles!

So here I am publically declaring that Vishnu was right! It really is all about mind over matter.

With that in mind, I’m successful tackling my Focus T25 workouts every morning (I’m only three days in but still…). Even though they’re only 25 minutes each, I need all the mental power I can get to keep moving. The exact words I tell myself are “you can do anything for 25 minutes/it’s only 25 minutes.” It’s been working so far!

And finally, I’ve expanded the definition of the phrase to go beyond physically demanding tasks. As an example, I mumbled “mind over matter” when I didn’t feel like unpacking and cleaning up on Sunday night when we got back from Amelia Island. All I wanted to do was sleep but I sucked it up and spent 30 minutes putting things away. And while it wasn’t fun at the time, I really appreciated my efforts the next day. Not sure if the right phrase is “mind over matter” or “don’t be lazy and just do it."  Either way, it worked!

Lessons learned:

1. Sometimes Vishnu is right. Emphasis on the sometimes. :)
2. The mind is a powerful tool. Use it!

Wedding Weekend on Amelia Island

Annnnnd we’re back from wedding event #3 of the year!  As expected, it was an absolute blast.  The weekend was one big college reunion!  While it was great catching up with people we haven’t seen in years, I (and I think Vishnu would agree) am entirely exhausted!  Totally worth it though!

My plan for this post was to share some pictures from the weekend, but let’s just say someone changed a setting on the camera that caused 95% of the pictures to come out a little blurry.  And let’s just say that someone is me. Oops!  Lesson learned. 

Anyways, here are a few decent shots we were able to get.

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How fun is this setting?!

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Most of these pictures are from the first event of the weekend (the garba).  Not sure why we didn’t take more pictures at the wedding itself.  I think both Vishnu and I are still getting used to our SLR.  I, for one, was afraid I was going to drop it or lose it.  And to be honest, we didn’t even bring our camera to the reception (the last two pics were clearly taken with an iPhone).  When Vishnu asked me if we should or not, I said no because I knew we would both want to dance.  It’s a little hard to boogey with that thing hanging around your neck!

I promise we’ll take better pictures at the next wedding we go to…which is only a little over a month away! 

And finally, congratulations Naveen and Shaylee!  Everything about this weekend was beautiful, and we feel so blessed to have been a part of it! 

My Next Challenge – Focus T25

Before I talk about my next fitness challenge, I just want to say THANK YOU for all the congratulatory messages over the past week.  Everyone, including my family, friends, and blends (blogger friends), has been so excited about my Tough Mudder experience.  I just can’t thank y’all enough for all the support and love!

With that being said, I am really excited about my next personal challenge – Focus T25.  I haven’t been able to work out since the Tough Mudder because of the soreness and pain from the cuts and bruises.  And I’m not going to engage in intentional exercise until Monday because I want to be fresh for T25!  This program is no joke.

What is Focus T25

It is a Beachbody program created by Shaun T who is known for the Insanity program.  From what I’ve read, T25 is kind of like Insanity but shorter and not as difficult.  Each workout is only 25 minutes (~28 if you include the stretching).  And this program is broken down into two five week phases.  So you start with five weeks of Alpha and then move on to five weeks of Beta.  There are calendars that tell you when to do each workout.  And there is something to do every day, except on Sunday (rest day). 

The workouts themselves are high-intensity and go go go the entire time (i.e. no built in rest breaks).  I’ve actually done a few of the Alpha workouts here and there, and I can attest to the fact that they are challenging.  Not impossible, just challenging.  The first time I did the Cardio workout I had to take a break after the warm up.  Haha.  I was dripping sweat and pushing my limits the entire time. 

Why I am doing this

I love structure when it comes to my workouts.  Best Body Bootcamp was perfect for me because everything was spelled out and ready to go.  But now that Tina is no longer continuing with BBB, that structure is missing for me.  Enter T25!  As I mentioned, there is a calendar that tells you when to do what…just what I need/want!  Also, these are workouts that require zero to very minimal equipment AND can be done in the comfort of your own home or hotel if you are traveling.

Another reason I am doing this is because I want to challenge my body in a different way.  I’m going to continue with a few short runs every week, but other than that, I am going to let T25 take center stage in my life for 10 weeks!

This isn’t about weight loss for me.  I would be happy with the scale staying exactly where it is.  What I do hope to gain is some more muscle definition and an overall toned look.  Regardless of whether that happens or not, I know that I am doing something good for my body and that is benefit enough. 

(No) Dietary changes

The program comes with a suggested dietary plan, but I’m not going to follow it.  Personally, I think my diet is pretty balanced and supports my lifestyle so there is no need to overhaul it at all.  So that’s that!


I consider myself to be a self-motivated and goal oriented person.  If I say I’m going to do something, it will eventually happen.  Basically, I don’t need anyone else to push me.  However, to ensure that I go through with all 10 weeks of T25, I have enlisted a partner in crime…my coworker Erin! 

When Erin was in Miami a few weeks ago, I talked about T25 being my next challenge.  Erin, who travels about 60% of the time for her role, wanted to try something new that she could fit into her crazy schedule.  Of course, as soon as she sounded remotely interested, I got really excited and talked about how we could be each other’s accountability partners, how fun it would be, blah, blah, blah.  Erin was hooked!  And now we both have someone to talk to about the program, progress, challenges, etc.  Woo hoo!

Updates and progress

I did a horrible job blogging about my Tough Mudder training.  Horrible meaning it was nonexistent.  I want this to be different, but I am making no promises.  I will definitely blog about my experience with T25…just not sure how frequently.  With that being said, I have an open email policy so feel free to contact me at any time!

I also haven’t quite decided about how I’m going to measure my progress.  I’ll fill y’all in when I get it together!  The one thing I do know is that I’m not using the scale.

Well, that’s about it.  I hope T25 kicks my (and Erin’s) butt…in a good way of course!  Here’s to a successful 10 weeks.

Have you tried Focus T25 or any other Beachbody workout program?