It was 66 degrees, a welcome respite from the oppressing heat this summer in Oklahoma. It has been a literal hot box. Because of the heat factor, I have had to take my exercises indoors. Heat like that will hamper your exercise routine, but also it is down right depressing.
Regardless, I have been consistent in my fitness plan to overcome the laziness that I tend to default to on a daily basis. At this point I still have to tell myself to do it, that I need to do it for my own good and then I must talk my way through it just to survive. I still don't enjoy it.
For the past couple of months, early on Sunday mornings I have been meeting my friends Brandon and Megan for some circuit training before church. I asked them to help me with some fitness goals and they have been stellar in getting me to the point that I am today. They were early believers in me. I wasn't.
We meet and workout for about 30 minutes in the "P90x/Jillian Michaels" style of training, in the "cool" of the morning. I don't mind exercising when you are with others. It seems like the pain is less worse when surrounded with friends.
Brandon asked would you like to try running? I said yes, but "I will slow you down". The thing about Brandon is he is very patient. I like that. He encouraged me to just do what I could. We started out walking, and at a decent pace. We then began to run/walk for the next 25 minutes. We had a good pace, and finished up with 11 minute miles. Now, I don't know how that compares with your time, but for me, a beginner, they said that was great!
This was a HUGE victory day for me. Not that I ran 3 miles in 33 minutes, yes that was a great success for me, but that I had a HUGE epiphany while running. I have been the one who has been getting in my way of thinking that I could do this. I have been my own stumbling block in thinking it was not possible. I have always compared myself to those who do run consistently and thought..."I will never be that person" or "I will never be able to do that". I have been my own worst enemy.
Today I jumped over the "enemy" lines. I believe that I can do it and will block my "I can't" attitude. I can change, I want change, I can make change happen. I can do it. I have done it! I can do this on a regular basis. Why not? I have two legs and lungs that are begging to be exercised. God has given me a body with full functioning equipment, why wouldn't I want to develop and maintain His best in my life?
I can run. I am a runner. This is my HUGE victory and it started with one small step, believing that i could. Or maybe it was just the new shoes.
What are you believing that you can overcome?