This was my sixth fitness challenge for BuzzFeed, and it was also the most unrealistic. I was sore and tired and overwhelmed most of the time, and I think that proves just how unattainable it is to live and train like a professional athlete.
I truly love to see what my body is capable of and how far I can healthily push myself, but everyone wants to see results quickly, and that's just not how it works. It takes a lot of time and determination and consistency to see progress, whether you want to run your first marathon or just take the stairs without getting out of breath. I've worked very hard for several years to get to where I am now, and I still struggle quite a bit, so don’t be disheartened if you don't hit your goals or see progress as quickly as you'd like to.
Overall, this whole experience was incredibly humbling. It reminded me that I don't need to determine my self-worth by comparing myself to other people (especially professional athletes who train for several hours every day, have unlimited resources at their disposal, and are paid to look that way). All I can do is compare my current self to my older self.