As many of you know, the past several weeks were difficult for me. My energy levels were low and I had my first gain in several months. After a lot of thought, reflection, and prayer, I have realized something. I was thinking waaaaaay too much. Yes, we need to be mindful of what we eat. Yes, we need to make sure we have enough protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. However, I think the problem was that I was thinking about it so much and trying to make everything so perfect, I was completely negating what I was trying to accomplish. The goal here is a lifestyle change. It is overall health and well-being. If I am driving myself crazy about every little thing I am doing, it defeats the purpose. I started thinking about what was so successful the last seven months, and what had changed. I used to try my best to eat well and exercise. That was good enough. A few weeks ago, I let old self creep back in a little. Not to the point that I wanted to quit, but I was making this much more stressful than it should be. No more! In the last two weeks, I am back to trying my best and allowing rest days without feeling guilty. I feel better, my weight is coming off again, and I am back to working out regularly.
The next time I feel myself over-thinking, I am going to re-read this and take my own advice. Thank you for taking another trip inside my brain and hanging in there with me! I have some exciting posts with healthy eating tips coming up!
Ever since I was a kid, I have had zero confidence in my athletic ability. School was my strong suit, not sports. The fitness tests in school were always a nightmare. Push-ups, sit-ups, and running…I would always panic, because I knew I would finish last. “I can’t,” was something I said a lot. I never wanted to push myself or try very hard because I knew I would fail.
This year, something changed. The only explanation is God. He caused a shift in me that made me want to try. It is definitely not something I could have done on my own. I started out with something small, and I gradually began to believe in myself. Now I feel stronger than I ever though possible.
So, you had to get the life story to understand why this next part is so important. This month, I have decided to commit to a few challenges. First, I am participating in the Plank a Day (#plankaday) challenge. I will hold a plank position for increasing amounts of time each day. Second, I am participating in the Squat September (#squatsept) challenge. I will be doing squats, with five more added to my total each day. Third, (this is the one I am most excited about) I am going to work on push-ups every day. I will continue working until I can do a real push-up for the first time in my life. Today was day one. I did a push-up on my knees, but it was a push-up! I am just going to keep digging until I accomplish my goal.
We all have our own struggles…things we say we can’t do. I hope you are able to find your own strength to move past them and accomplish your goals. If you are willing to put in the work, you might surprise yourself.