Thanks to a little boost from the 2016 Crossfit Games, which Jason and I have been watching all weekend, I’ve discovered some newfound motivation to start making fitness a priority again. (I tend to go through stages of complete commitment and then just a stage that I refer to as “wine & cheese.”)
I was trying to dissect what exactly it was that I found so motivating about seeing these athletes lifting weights and doing upside down hand-stands so that I could hold on to that feeling and maybe let it sustain me for more than a week at a time. I decided that it was actually something pretty simple: the notion that if you do the work, you get results.
Yes, we all know that statement to be true, but for some reason at this moment in time I was ready to actually HEAR it. I think until now I’ve been secretly waiting for a day where I wake up and see the muscle definition I want, the tighter tummy, the stronger legs... but I haven’t been willing to actually put in the WORK to get there.
How many times in our lives do we unconsciously wait around, hoping that our dreams will just magically come true? That someone will call our number, pick us out of a crowd, that the tides will turn in our favor? But the hard (and EMPOWERING) truth is that it’s just not going to happen that way for 99% of us. No one is going to hand us the life -- the results -- that we want. Instead, we have to commit (and continue to commit) inch by inch, day by day.
Who knows if this time the fitness kick will stick, but now at least I have a mantra to come back to when I need a reminder that there is no magic solution to the health and body I want. There is only work. (And for those curious, Crossfit is not my workout of choice, but I have a huge amount of respect for it!)