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Smooth Seas Don’t Make Skilled Sailors

Tonight I find myself contemplating the holistic nature of my life. Specifically, that I’ve been really stepping fully into my own power in mind and in spirit but the one area I’ve neglected for the most part is body. I’ve kind of let this aspect slide because without any real effort on my part, I’m in fairly decent shape and haven’t needed to work on it much. But now that those other two parts of myself are growing exponentially, I feel like I must start working on the body aspect, lest things fall too far out of balance.

The first thing on my to do list of changes is to finally quit smoking once and for all. I’ve tried more times than I can count, and I was doing pretty well in my last attempt until all of the sudden I wasn’t anymore. Starting tomorrow, I’m determined that it won’t be another “attempt”. I know I can do anything I’m committed to doing, the problem has just been in the level of my commitment. I’ve wanted to quit smoking….mostly… but not 100%. But I do, 100%, want to get back in peak physical condition and I HAVE to quit smoking to get to where I WANT to be.

Not smoking anymore, while it has countless benefits, is just the first part of a larger change I want to make. I don’t have any need to lose weight, in fact I’m rather hoping the opposite will happen. I want to add a bit of muscle mass and improve my muscular definition, but I want to focus mainly on improving my cardiovascular fitness and endurance. I’m less concerned about LOOKING strong than I am about FEELING strong. I want to feel like my body is as prepared as it can be to face any physical challenge life could throw my way.

I’ve put so much time, energy, and thought into preparing myself for any potential situation in a lot of ways, but the best thing you can do to be prepared is just to be in good shape. It’s something that gets overlooked a lot in favor of having the physical stuff you might need if things went south. There definitely is a notable difference in HAVING preparations, and BEING prepared and I want to BE that second option.

More than anything else though, I just feel like that’s the one arena of my life that is a little out of balance. I’m in pretty good shape, I eat pretty well, I take pretty good care of myself, but I don’t want to be just PRETTY good, I want to be the absolute BEST version of myself that I can be. That means taking the steps necessary to be as healthy and fit as I can possibly be without letting the other aspects of my life get out of balance.

This all is something I’ve been thinking and feeling for a while, something I’ve been talking about doing but I need to stop talking and thinking about it and start acting on it. I’m not going to tell myself it will be easy and focus on the end results, because that’s the wrong mindset for me. Of course it’s going to be hard, that’s kind of the point. You don’t get stronger by doing easy things. Instead, I’m going to focus on how challenging it is and how much it feels like it sucks. The more it sucks and the harder it is, the more I’m getting out of it. As the saying goes, “Smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors.”

If I’m to navigate the waters of life as best as I can, I need to challenge myself and push my limits so that those limits get higher. I’m going into it with the mindset that it will by no means be smooth sailing and that it’s going to push me beyond the limits of what I feel I’m capable of now and that’s what is so exciting about it! I know what I’m capable of now and I know what my limitations are, but I don’t know what I will be capable of in a few months’ time and that feels like an exciting new adventure. I have no idea what my body will look like and how I will feel.

I often see those before and after photos people take when they start a new diet or work out program, but I’ve never done that myself. I’m kind of curious to give it a try just to see a side by side comparison. I know I said I wasn’t concerned so much about the looks aspect of it, but I am still curious, and I think that it would make a nice visual indication of the changes I’m making. As for how I feel, I know pretty much how I feel now, that’s what I’m talking about and describing. In a month or so, I can re-evaluate where I’m at and use that for comparison.

I’ve heard that it’s a lot easier when you’ve got a companion in something like this, and I know I’m not going to have a work out buddy to encourage me to do just one more rep, but I’m gonna go ahead and toss this out there. Anyone else ready to make a commitment to themselves, to love themselves enough to get in better shape or let go of a physically limiting habit? I’m going to do this either way and, like I said, I’m not so concerned about making it easier on myself, but if you are wanting to make a change for yourself and could use someone to help keep you going or hold you accountable, I’m your Huckleberry.

If you’re interested just leave a comment, send me an email, or shoot me a message on Facebook and we can connect and figure out what sort of support will be most helpful for you! Thanks for reading!