Encouragement, it’s more than a 13 letter word.

I am happy to announce that I am finally feeling like a human being again.  After I got attacked by the flu bug, I was down for a couple days with very little energy, let alone any intelligent thoughts to share!  But after a couple good nights of rest and a many long naps, I am thinking with much more clarity…and I am MUCH less grumpy.  I haven’t worked out since Saturday, so I am very excited to get back to the gym this evening.  My body is feeling very stiff and needs to move around a little bit in order to get feeling back to normal. 

On Saturday morning, before I got the bug,  my husband and I went into the gym for the morning workout at RARE.  Saturday mornings are usually a lot of fun because we have more people and more time, which allows us to do partner or group workouts and it usually makes us work a lot harder for the team.  During that partner workout I was able to workout with my friend Heather, whom I always love working out with.  We make a pretty good team because we have similar builds and abilities, yet we don’t share a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses, so we make up for each others shortcomings!  It’s a win/win situation.  She also knows how to motivate and encourage me to get moving– and a little bit of friendly competition never hurts, either!

 We made good progress through the workout and during the 4th round we THOUGHT we were done, but little did we know, we were only half way through.  Apparently, we’d been too busy talking while directions were being given…  Oops.  So, we find out we still had half way to go and I looked at the bar and thought “I can’t do 50 more squats at that weight!”  But, I didn’t say it out loud and I kept chipping away at them, all the while Heather was pushing through them with no problems!  Watching her keep going made me think I could keep going, and little by little, we finished.  Although I thought I’d never get through them, I was able to finish, not only because I didn’t want to let Heather down, but because  she believed in me.  By encouraging each other and keeping a positive attitude,  we not only finished the workout, but we finished feeling energized and encouraged by one another. 

Eating well can be challenging, working out can be challenging, LIFE can be challenging– especially when you face it alone.  If you haven’t already, find someone to encourage and motivate you to eat well and workout.  I depend on those around me to hold me accountable and to encourage me when I’m not doing my best.  We all need encouragement!  Start a friendly competition if you need to, do whatever it takes to continue on your journey!  I added another workout that requires NO equipment, just a little space, SO GET A FRIEND AND GET MOVING!

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

~ Unknown

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