So my husband and I have been working out consistently five days a week for the pass couple of months now. Although my physical results are slow in progression, the mental, and spiritual results had skyrocketed. It’s so amazing to me how we are creatures of habit. The more you do something, the more it becomes a part of you. Good or bad. For someone who was literally afraid to go to the gym, I had begun to get excited about going to the gym the next morning as I was preparing for bed every night. That in itself was a miracle, that we can discuss later in more detail. So of course life got busy, and here recently I hadn’t worked out in four days. I was so shocked when I woke up this morning and realized it had been four days, after considering putting off my workout for another day! I finally got myself together, ask my husband to accompany me and off we went.
I had become accustomed to working out, and one of my favorite things to do is cardio. I was making great strides on the treadmill, coming very close to running a full mile without stopping. That was NOT the case this morning. After running for three minutes my lungs and nose began to burn! What the heck! I ran through in my mind all the horrible things I had consumed this weekend, and I quickly realized although I had worked so diligently to build up my stamina it took NO time to become deconditioned. I was quite perturb, and it got me to thinking. If we want to change something about ourselves, do something amazing, or reach any type of goal, it is going to take time, effort, and dedication. PERIOD. It’s insane to think that greatness comes over night or won’t be affected if we are sporadic in our diligence and commitment. In order to reach a goal, we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, or we risk regression.
I’m not saying run yourself in the ground and never take breaks. Nor am I insinuating that you should beat yourself up if you take time off. However, progression takes consistency. I’m letting you know right now, I’m probably going to eat a cupcake this weekend, or possibly even drink a glass of wine…or two. It’s all in the process, and life happens to us all, but if we are serious about reaching a goal we can’t jeopardize our progression with excessive inconstancy.
I’ve shared my story with you because I want to make a conscious effort to make a better effort. I won’t get it right every single time, neither will you, but I am willing to make better decisions to reach the goals I desire to attain. It’s nonproductive to make steps towards our goals based on how we feel that day, or what the weather is like. It’s time to make a decision to move forward and be better no matter what! Slow and steady wins the race. Quick fixes diminish the gratifying feeling of seeing our results flourish. Don’t cheat yourself. Keep working on being a better you, and I’ll do the same.