We’ve all had those spaces in time- weeks, months, years- where we just can’t find the time to workout. Life happens. There was a point in my life, in the midst of my last year of college, where the thought of working out just wasn’t possible. I was dealing with living in a new place, dealing with divorce in my family, and the stress of working 2 jobs while going to school. I had insomnia and was using food to heal my broken soul. I could say to myself (and did for some time) that I had a right to ditch the gym, eat shitty food, and sit on my couch every night after work and watch TV. I could say that it wasn’t my fault that all those bad things were happening to me. At least I didn’t drop out of school. I didn’t turn to drugs/alcohol to mask my pain.
But, no matter how bad my circumstance, it was still no excuse to disrespect my physical body; and it wasn’t right to be irresponsible of me to neglect my spirit.
We hear the saying all the time “No Excuses” when talking about health and fitness. It sounds harsh, especially to those going through life-altering struggles that seem unbearable. But the thing is, life-altering struggle is something that will ALWAYS be with us. Because, if we aren’t going through change, we aren’t growing. And, if we aren’t growing, we aren’t moving on in our lives to better places and becoming better people.
It’s not really about just choosing to exercise when we don’t feel like it. I’m not saying that exercise changes everything and makes everything better. But living a healthy life, despite all the crappy things, busy schedules, and disadvantages that come our way, is a responsibility. Sometimes living healthy and exercising regularly is the only thing we have in our lives to keep us sane, grounded, and give us hope when it seems like nothing else in our world makes sense.
So use your bad circumstance, take you shitty days and turn them into something fantastic. Go for a walk, hit a PR, dance- just MOVE- and I promise you, you will be surprised to find that your life will brighten.
“Many of the things in life that inflict the greatest injury, grief, or pain stem from the fact that we suffer from illusions.”
-My Utmost for His Highest; July 30th
Have you ever been in a situation with someone you love where you are mad at them, not for something that they actually did, but for something that you fabricated in your head? I’ve totally done this with my boyfriend. He’ll get a text from a female co worker, that it totally harmless, and I’ll create this big elaborate piece of crap-of-an-illusion and get mad at him for talking her because I think he’s having an affair.
Illusions really suck because, when we create them in our minds, they seem SO real. And, because they were created in our minds, we can’t get rid of them even though we know they’re not real. They really do cause pain and suffering and grief.
The crazy thing is, we create those illusions and self-inflict that pain and suffering and grief ourselves- even though we are the first to blame others or blame our situations or try to pull a fabricate idea of an excuse as to why we can’t win; why we can’t be successful and happy.
Once we can get into a place of reality and can disassociate our emotions (ie- our illusions) with what’s really right in front of us, that is when we can be successful in life.
I think this is why I love working out so much. No matter what the exercise is- running, weight lifting, yoga, etc.- the distance set out in front of us is real, the weight on the barbell that we are trying to pull isn’t changing, a head stand will always be a head stand. Fitness forces us to look at who we really are and where our bodies can take us on that particular day. When we get stronger, it’s really- not an illusion.
Sometimes we still try to create illusions in the gym. We try to make excuses- like if we try to clean 135lb, we just might die- #deathbybarbell. But, with confidence in ourselves and, MUCH more importantly, with faith and trust in God, we can engulf His strength can accomplish anything- inside the gym or out in the world.
Keeping close to God keeps us in a state of disillusionment; which sounds like a negative term, but it really just means that we are able to see things and people and situations for what they really are. This sense of awareness brings peace to our souls and contentment in our lives.
Have a great day, you guys!
10min Stair Master
Deadlifts 5×5 145lb
5 Pull Ups
5 Chin Ups
10 Kneeling Band Scapation
Sled Push 115lb
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Emily's bridal shower was a huge success! Christina and I (her best friend and my co-MOH) spent all last week planning the big day with Emily's soon-to-be-mother-in-law. We had the party at her house, and everyone had an awesome time!
Christina and I tried to make it as Pinterest-y as possible, because we knew Emily would like it!
Drinks with mason jars for everyone.
And gifts, of course!
It was such a wonderful time spent with most of our close family and friends. Emily and Brian were really celebrated and everyone had a great time!
After everyone left, Kevin and Brian came over and we spent the rest of the night playing games and eating some more food. Brian's mom and step dad really LOVE board games, so there was no doubt that we'd have an after party and play some Pictionary!
This is Amy (my Potential Best Friend) and she has no shame- 2 bowls of dorritos and cottage cheese. I love her. :)