We’ve all got reasons for doing what we do. When I look back at pictures of myself, I wonder why I let myself get so out of control. There were a few reasons, but none make sense.
I liked to eat (all of the wrong things).
I didn’t like to move.
I didn’t know any other way to be.
I had tried and failed so many times, I didn’t think I could do it.
God flipped a switch in my brain this year, and my thinking shifted. Why do I want to change?
I want to be healthy.
I want to be strong.
I want to fit into clothes I like, not whatever will cover me the best.
I want to look in the mirror and like the person I see.
I want to walk into a room and not feel like hiding.
I want to walk up a flight of stairs, or even across a room without getting winded.
I don’t want to face anything I’d like to do and wonder if there is a weight limit.
I don’t want to face anything and think “I can’t.”
I want to live for a long time.
I want to LIVE.
Looking at these two lists, I am seeing a whole lot of reasons to keep pushing and not many reasons to quit. Why do you want to change?
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.