I saw a guy at Camp Gladiator in an “I Love Bacon” shirt. Now, that’s one way to remember your motivation! Since returning home from the work-out, I’ve been trying to figure out what would go on my motivation shirt. If I don’t know my “whys,” I’ll fizzle out sooner or later.
I’ll tell you one thing that’s NOT one of my whys quite yet. I am not working out because I like it. I have yet to find my “GLAD” in Gladiator. I doubt any 40-something woman with sedentary tendencies would suddenly get giddy over sweating and squats.
All the more reason to write down my whys. That way, when I’m tempted to skip work-outs or full-on quit, I can remind myself of why I should keep going.
So here are my whys in no particular order of importance.
- To get out of the “lots-to-love” department at clothing stores.
- To be rid of arm jiggles jelly belly, and extra chins.
- To say goodbye to lower back pain and knee crackles.
- To become more adventurous and courageous.
- To improve my balance and flexibility.
- To increase my stamina and focus.
- To convince myself that I can do hard things and follow through with my commitments.
- To invest in myself because I’m worth the trouble.
- To look amazing for my book tour (I’m dreaming big!)
- To feel more confident in new situations.
- To be able to raid my mother’s closet.
- To hear my sons say, “Lookin’ good, Momma!”
- To be able to eat cookie cake every once in a while without getting fat.
- To see in my mirror the girl I picture in my head.
- To be ready to play and play hard when my grandbabies start arriving (many, many years from now).
- To have the strength, health and energy to say “yes” to anything God scrawls on my life’s agenda.
I want to like exercise. I want to learn to love the sweat, the sore muscles, the burning lungs, the pushing myself just a little bit further than the last time. But until I get there, I’ll lean on my list of whys.
Thank you for helping me get off to a strong start with my fitness goals. In less than two weeks, I’ve drastically cut down on my can’ts, and I’ve come up with a strong list of whys. Help me to keep going, and, Lord, can you help me learn to love it?
In Jesus’s name I pray,
What are your whys for doing the hard things you haven’t quite learned to love?