Usually I don’t “do” New Year’s resolutions. They’ve never worked for me. Then again, I never considered that along with that RESOLUTION I might need a PLAN. Because, hell, why would I need a plan when I have resolve?
Yeah, well, resolve alone doesn’t cut it. So this year, I’m not making promises I won’t keep. I’m making a plan.
Like most Americans, better health is in my Top Five Things I Want To Have list and so (since it’s already February!) I needed to put a plan in action. I joined a gym, invested in myself and started working with a trainer.
And I discovered two things.
First, I’m in better shape than I thought! Yay! (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sore. I am. But I’m also achingly hopeful.)
Second, I LOVE working out! Yeah, I LOVE IT! When I get sedentary, I forget this.
But every time I’ve managed to get this far and pushed myself to start, I start huffing and puffing and sweating and suddenly I want more. I love how exertion makes me feel. It makes me want to push all the harder. Of course, I’m a little regretful the next day if I go overboard.
But still, being able to set a goal just out of reach and stretching myself to achieve it is a discipline I really need in my life. Not every day in every aspect of my life, push-push-push from dawn to dusk. But the ability to reach that extra half-inch, run that extra five minutes, lift that extra half-pound, is essential to getting me where I want to go.
It’s a learned skill – pushing through discomfort and doubt.
Whatever effort I put into physical discipline, into striving with every last ounce of me, doesn’t just work out my muscles, it makes me stronger – inside where it counts. It builds willpower that seeps into the whole of my life, my work and my writing.
What a motivating start for a year I hope will bring big changes.
So tell me, how are your New Year’s Resolutions Plans going? Really, leave a comment. I’d love to know.
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