One of my goals for 2018 was to become more healthy. For me that meant weight loss, exercise, eating better and getting off medications. In the fall of 2017, when I made a decision to NO LONGER BE A BYSTANDER, that meant I had to get off the couch and start moving my body. It meant eating better and giving up sugar. So I began a journey that is ongoing and I have been amazed and pleased that I have done really well in the exercise area, going from not working out at all to working out 4-5 days per week. I signed up for a 5K and started a couch to 5K training program. My dream is to be a lean, mean running machine. I want to be a runner.

I want to wake up in the morning and just go for a 3 mile run. No big deal

Except that for me, that is a big deal. I have never been a runner or seen myself that way (until recently). But through this process of getting healthy, I have discovered a desire to become a runner. Who knew?

But here’s the interesting part. I can want to be a runner. I can even think I’m a runner. But I’m not actually a runner until I start to run. Again, it takes massive action to make our dreams a reality. There are days I don’t feel like working out. There are days I do workout but I don’t really give it my all. I have discovered that for me to be successful, I have to be consistent and I have to be fully engaged. Therefore, if I am doing something half-heartedly, I’m not really doing it successfully.

I can check “did workout” off my list, but I know in my heart that I didn’t really do it because I wasn’t giving it my all

That is the difference between taking action and taking massive action. In order to be successful, in order to achieve my goals and dreams, I have to take massive action. So on those days when I don’t feel like doing it, I make a decision to do it anyway. Then I do it!

Recently, I took a bike ride instead of going to the gym. I had hopes of going several miles to get a good leg workout. I was shocked when I couldn’t go 1 mile without stopping to rest. My legs were killing me and I was out of breath. Although I was riding on flat ground, it felt like every turn of the pedal was uphill. It was awful and very discouraging. Then the next day, I got up and went for a walk/jog. My current training called for a 20 minute walk/run where I run for 2 minutes then walk for 1 minute, continuing this pattern until 20 minutes have passed.

Based on my bike ride experience, I was skeptical as to how it would go

Now, to give a little background, I had not done any running for almost a month due to a rib/back injury, however, I had maintained a regular walking and gym regimen in the meantime. So this day was my first attempt at jogging post injury. I was so encouraged as I was jogging because I CRUSHED IT! It felt so good to be able to jog again and I was able to maintain the 2 minute jog/1 minute walk routine—something I was not able to do previously while training for the 5K. As I was jogging, I said to myself, inside my head, “I’m doing it.”

Then I said aloud, for the world to hear, “I AM A RUNNER!!”

Did you know you are never too old or too out of shape or too young or too stuck in your patterns or too (fill in the blank)…to start something new or to reach for your dreams. Why not put it to the test? Try something new this week–something that stretches the boundaries of your comfort zone. Let me know how it goes.

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