I was standing or rather doing star jumps and burpees in the gym and looked at that sign one more time!!! It said, “If It doesn’t challenge you it will not change you.” That dang sign is not new and it is not the first time I have seen it but it was the first time I really saw it. And I followed it up with a new expression that I heard from a 12th step recovery room. Ringing loud in my sweaty ears was, “
“Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.” This phrase is commonly heard in 12 step meetings. When it comes to recovery, a half-hearted attempt could have disastrous results!!!
While my results of my half measures or in my case half ass work out are not disastrous they are less than fruitful.
I was busy in my head, asking myself when does this get easier? I am afraid the answer is NEVER and that is okay.. Is getting easier really the point??? The point for me is to feel better, mind, body and spirit. To do all that I can to live a fruitful and abundant life.
It was only last year that the idea of sprinting was not a thought, just breathing in and out and waking to another day. I was so terrified and promised myself I will NEVER ever ever get out of shape. I will eat healthy. I will exercise with complete abandon. Not one time did I say to myself, I think I will work out someday and when it fits neatly in my schedule.
Something hit me in my spirit today when I realized that I was making excuses not to work out rather than committing full on, full measure and working as if my life depended on it. My life does depend on it!!! My life depends on me being intentional with what I feed my body, what I feed my spirit and what I feed my soul.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to move my body and to breath and when I don’t get it right to do it again.
I prefer to work out in the afternoon but each time I say I will there is always something that gets in my way. Usually that something is me!!! I have learned in my 62 years that I only can find out how far I can go if I go a little further than I think I can. Movement and energy build on each other and pour over into every aspect of my life.
So this girl has stood at the turning point and I don’t want to be half ass at anything!!! I want to be full on and become the best and most healthy version of me. So here’s to setting that opportunity clock for 5 am one more day and pushing a little harder, a little further and putting my whole happy ass into it!!!
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Great essay! Loved reading it.