Today was the official weigh in for the 90 day challenge…photos…goals set…check.
As I looked around at the information tables and spoke to the many trainers and staff who were made available for us today, I noticed how many opportunities lay before me.
One thing Lifetime is doing is offering something called “Try-it Tuesday”. Over the course of the next three months, participants can try out such things as “Eat Fit Seminar”, “Grocery Store Tour”, “Intro to Running”, “TEAM Weight Loss”…and many more. It all culminates in a 90-Day 5K. All of these things are offered free of charge to those who are willing to accept them.
In years past, I would have ignored this gift. I figured I had my work out act together and didn’t really need to add more to it – I was just fine. Wow. Was I wrong.
As I was speaking to the staff at the Pilates table and signing up for a free “Peek into Pilates” class, I was filled with a sense of gratitude. How many things in our lives are there for the taking, but we choose to walk right past them? Pay attention. There are more things waiting for you than you can even imagine.
That’s what the leader of my new class called me. One of my challenges to myself during these 90 days was to put myself into situations that were a little uncomfortable, but beneficial. I chose to try a yoga/stretching class. As I warily approached the yoga studio, I was greeted by two people who were also taking the class. The young woman welcomed me and asked if I’d ever taken this class. Once she realized I was a “newbie” she walked me completely through what I’d need to do to set up my class space. What a blessing. The instructor came in and asked each of our names and why were were there. I said, “I’m challenging myself and I’m also trying to improve my physical flexibility.” He said that while those were excellent goals, I would learn a lot more about myself as I took this class. He was right. I am strong. Much stronger that I thought I was. I am a warrior.
In life, we come up against walls, roadblocks, gigantic boulders in our paths. We must learn how to get around them, over them, through them whenever possible. Each pose or stretch that we were taught physically challenged the body. They were not difficult to begin, they were difficult to hold and maintain through to the end. Much like some situations in life – it’s the finish that counts. Each pose was held nearly 5 minutes and as I tried to relax my stubborn body into position, I found my body fighting itself. The leader came around to each one of us and spent some time pushing us and guiding us to relax, to breathe through it…reminding us that we are much more capable to do this than we give ourselves credit for. He reminded us that, in life, we are battling hard situations daily – that makes us warriors.
He spent quite a bit of time at the end of class talking with me. He congratulated me on this challenge I’ve undertaken. He reminded me that taking this class was no accident. I was meant to be there and be with those people on this day. He also said that we need to remember how much we need each other to cheer us through and to lean on as we travel life’s road.
No strange mysticism here. Just love and encouragement. Just what I needed. “Big breath out!”
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, good or bad. For me, I’d say it takes more like 90 days.
A challenge was put before me in the form of a poster in a stairwell at my health club, Lifetime Fitness. It said, “Blow everyone’s minds as they watch your goals of a lifetime in such a short time. COME ON, LET’S GO!”
It made me chuckle a little at first, “I’ve never blown anyone’s mind, why start now?”, but as I walked up another step and then another, I wondered, “Why not?!”
So today is day 1 of my challenge. My goals are not simply physical ones, they are also spiritual, mental and life goals. A change is in the wind – I’d love to inspire you to take these next 90 days to share with me your goals and changes! Come on, let’s go!