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You can tell that my four-year-old is the youngest of 5 and has 3 older brothers.  One of his favorite words is teleport.  I think it’s an influence from his brothers,  Star Wars. and who knows what else.  If I come into the room, he’ll say, “Mom, did you teleport?  How did you get here?!”

One day I asked him to count to 10 for me and he started:  “One, two, three, ten.  Three teleported to ten!”  Oh, my his poor teachers! But I have to say, I don’t blame him for being a little obsessed with the concept;  he seems to be rubbing off on me.

One morning I was headed out the door to Miracles and didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do.  No plan what-so-ever.  So I texted my friend and former trainer, Ben Clutter, and told him that I wished he could teleport (it would be cool, you have to admit).

If you are familiar with my blog, you know that he had a tremendous impact on me in the beginning.   He taught me some boxing basics, which added some fun to my workouts, but most importantly he built up my confidence with encouragement and persistence.   He pushed me enough, taught me a lot, and made me laugh constantly.  It was exactly what I needed at the time, and since then I have really missed training with him.  Fortunately, Ben has kept in touch with me and Dan, and I can still get encouragement and workout tips via text.

This time was a little different though.  Ben issued a full-on workout challenge.  Ugh. . . why did I text him again?!  I knew it was what I needed though.  I needed a challenge and some accountability.  So after my cardio, the challenge was on:  mini ab work-out, no rest, no feet on the ground.  I only modified the side planks because of my shoulder and did side crunches instead.

After the first time around, I texted Ben and told him I was finished and that I was pretty sure I muttered “I’m gonna kill him” under my breath.  : )  He then instructed me to do another round or some intense cardio so I did another round with 15 second intervals and was wiped.   I felt good, but wiped.  I did some more cardio, stretched, and headed home.  Another workout down.

So it wasn’t teleporting, but it was close.  I am thankful that I still I have a “coach” that can help me and encourage me.  Even if I do feel like smacking him through the phone sometimes.; )

If you want workouts from Ben, check out MidwestFit.com!


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