In four days, give or take a few hours, I’ll be sitting on a beach in Cancun dressing on in a bikini and sunscreen. I’ll confess that a bit of vanity has come over me in preparation for this trip.
I’ve been working out.
I never work out usually. I have an endless list of excuses for this:
- I don’t have enough time.
- I’m too tired.
- “Working out” is stupid. We should just be “active” instead.
- Something important is happening on the internet right now.
You get the idea. In the end though, not looking flubby in a bikini seemed like a good reason to get my butt in gear and finally put some effort in. I like goals. A goal with a deadline is pretty motivating. So, every day, I got up and hopped around like an idiot while a very attractive girl with a six pack cheerfully yelled encouragement at me through a computer screen. Now, 21 days later, here are my abs:
I know that mostly all anyone is seeing here is a blurry picture of my belly button. But trust me, under the still present layer girl fat, are some muscles that are stronger than they were before. I feel stronger all over actually. Strong not just physically, but strong because I did something I didn’t think I could.
Doing the impossible
In my life, there have been so many things I thought I could never do. Earn a trip to Cancun? No way. I threw my tracker out the day I got it because I thought it would never happen. Heck, there was a time when my husband said straight out to me that he didn’t think people like me and him are cut out for running our own businesses and I agreed with him. And, breaking a board with my bare hands without months of training? Yeah. Nutty. Impossible.
But I did all these things.
- I successfully run my own business
- I earned that trip to Cancun
- I broke that board
Strength comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t
I love this quote. I heard it first in the middle of a workout with the peppy girl and I loved it so much because it speaks to life not just fitness. Strength is not about where you are. It’s about willingness to put in the work to get to where you want to be.