Every muscle in my body is so sore. I have to roll out of bed on my side to get up, because raising my chest to sit up is a hopeless cause. When I try to sit, I die. If my son needs his shoelaces tied, we’re going to be five minutes later to school, because Mama takes way too long to get back up. I feel like I’ve been in a terrible car accident, but I haven’t.
I’m working out.
Go ahead, laugh. I’m laughing too, as I limp and wobble around. It’s worth it, I’m whispering under my breath, as I secretly scheme to make my own remixed version of the Whip Nae Nae combined with Wobble Baby and become an overnight YouTube sensation.
It is worth it.
Sensational YouTube dreams aside, pushing through this pain to keep doing the workouts everyday is teaching me so much. I’ve spent the last 15 years focused on career and family letting my health be a side note, at best. But somehow I still thought I was in pretty descent shape. Much to my dismay, I am not.
I’ve noticed something interesting. Just when I’m pushing up weights from my chest or holding my leg out in the lovely fire hydrant pose, and shaking like crazy, the gal leading the class has the nerve to say, “Get ready for it, we’re going to hold it.” Then she starts counting down from 10, like it’s some sort of game. This is my life we’re talking about here people!
But that’s the moment.
Apparently, in that weakest moment, my muscles are getting the most benefit, but that’s the moment my muscles are screaming to quit. That’s the moment I decide if it’s worth it. When I can feel the pressure. When I’m hot and tired and everything is shaking. It’s amazing how many excuses my brain can come up with in those ten seconds. (Luckily, the instructor has heard them all before and starts combatting them out loud.)
That’s the moment I have to decide to keep going or quit.
It’s an astonishing metaphor for our lives, isn’t it? Just in that moment when you think there’s no way. No way in the world you’ll make it past this. Just when you feel the pressure, when you’re a hot mess, when you’re tired and your whole world is shaking. . . that’s the moment that matters most. What are you going to do in that moment?
Get up and Wobble Nae Nae!
Seriously, if you’re in one of those static reps today… hold on sister. You’ve got this. It’s going to be worth it. We need you to finish.
If you’re taking a breather and a little wobbly on your feet, here’s a big ‘ole high five and a fist bump. I’m so glad I’m not alone. Doing life together is so much easier.
Hold on just a few seconds longer than you thought you could today.
You can do this.
It will be worth it!
to more love,