Last night, I went to the gym.
Now, I’ve been complaining for months about the amount of weight I put on since college. For some that know me know me, they would argue “where?”
But I know.
When you’re trying to put on a size 4 skirt and it won’t zip? Oh yeah, my eating habits have done me in 😩 (but who can deny late night snacks of ice cream and cookies? Cmon.)
Anyway, I went to the gym last night after having a conversation with my boyfriend about our weight goals. We want/need to lose weight. Between his athleticism and my size-4-nothing-more mindset, we need to get back to where we were physically.
So we get to the gym after church and it’s like 11 pm. And normally I will find any excuse not to go. But we pushed ourselves to go – even if it was for a simple 25 minute run.
Which we did! And I ran LIKE LEGIT RAN for 20 minutes straight! (For the first 5, I just warmed up with a light walk.)
That was my slice of victory last night. Not only did I push myself to go to the gym despite such a long day I had, I also was able to keep up the pace and run the full 20. So YAYYY!
What did I learn?
That it takes a mustard seed of faith to push and complete the task. If I didn’t believe I could finish the full 25 minutes without stopping, I wouldn’t have. But it was that little push within myself to go past my normal limits of stopping and going that propelled me. And I’m so happy!!!
Now for those of you reading that are saying, “I don’t like the gym. I don’t want to lose weight that way. I’ll start tomorrow. I’ll change my eating habits tomorrow too.”
No, start today.
Even if it’s just getting into the gym door – that’s a little victory.
Or if you’re able to do 10 jumping jacks and complete them – that’s a little victory.
Or if instead of choosing cookies and ice cream (like I would 😂) you choose a healthier snack (Oooo yum granola!) [Click here to learn more about healthy snacks.]
But don’t stay at the little victories, push yourself to greater and deeper! You can do this!!!
Some encouragement from our brother Paul:
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
Let’s run this race together!!
#teamnowalrus – What are some of your fitness goals for 2016?