Fringe Benefits

runWe joined a gym a couple of months ago, then hired a personal trainer to teach us how to do what we needed to do the correct way. It’s been very interesting, and for the second time in my life I am starting to feel like there could be an athlete somewhere deep in this body. The first time was four years ago, after my guy and I took on a challenge that few people ever attempt, hiking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim in a day. I climbed out of that canyon with confidence that I could do just about anything I set my mind to. I went back to school to get my Masters and I also placed myself in the path of a person I admired and wanted to learn from. There was no stopping me….until we moved to another state and I went back to my old ways.

It’s interesting to me that the simple act of routinely working towards a fitness goal can change my conversations in my head regarding other areas of life:

‘I can’t do that’ becomes maybe I can

‘I’m not strong/smart/talented enough’ becomes maybe I could be

‘Why would anyone want me’ becomes well, why wouldn’t they?

I’m not yet sure where this is going, but I am willing to look forward with anticipation and some really sore muscles.


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  1. A good reminder and so true! The gym isn’t an option for our schedules but thinking about convincing my husband to do a couch to 5k this spring-after the temp rises from our balmy -6 of this morning!!!

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