While I’ve been working on redesigning my blog I’ve also been busying myself with several other new and fun ideas. I just finished a book by Adam Grant called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. One of the things he talked about in the process of generating good ideas is to start having more ideas. It makes sense right? As much as we think every idea we have is original and amazing, sadly, it’s not. For every twenty self-described “brilliant” ideas, there’s a chance that only one, maybe, is actually good. So I’ve been dreaming. And having a blast doing it, I might add! I’m discovering that I really, really love to create and brainstorm.
Then I started thinking about you. Because no matter what, you are my people. After all, you single-handedly helped me finish the hardest leg in my journey of embracing my whole self. There aren’t gratitude words I’m aware of that are adequate for that. Last month I wrote a post about finding time for exercise. From emails to Facebook shares and comments, one thing was clear: it resonated with many of you. Have you read the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear? In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert presents the possibility that ideas just want to be created. They present themselves to you and, if you don’t make them, they go on and present themselves to someone else! It’s not personal; they just want to be made!
Well after two very Big Magic moment conversations with people in my own life, while this exact idea was percolating in my mind, last week I went back over the survey results we did here over a year ago. I found a similar pattern emerging regarding health, exercise and fitness, and corresponding lack of information, experience, knowledge or motivation. Tell me if I’m onto something because, if this is Big Magic at play, I’m beginning to think I might be!
Consider that one, or possibly all of these, may apply apply to you. You:
1.struggle to find time to exercise;
2. want to exercise but you’re not sure what to do or how;
3. lack motivation to stick to it and make it a lifestyle;
4. feel a certain level of fear or anxiety in a gym, hence you don’t go;
5. would love a personal trainer but can’t afford one;
6. are not interested in workout videos, or apps requiring you to keep looking at your phone.
Do any of these excuses sound familiar? Do any of these play like an old tape through your mind every day on repeat? I know I’ve used several of them at different times in my journey from the sideline to the finish line. Or perhaps you are a committed runner, cyclist, or exercise video guru but you don’t actually ever find yourself in a gym, lifting weights because you’re not sure what to do. Or you feel silly or stupid. Yes?
Before I move another step forward with my idea I want to gather information from you. I don’t want to make something if it isn’t going to help you move forward. After all, it’s not about a certain size or a number on the scale, it’s about wellness. Whole body wellness: spirit, soul, mind and body.
Too often we get so fixated on the body that we forget it’s a tool to help the rest of us function well also. To really help us find our best. Because regardless of whether I’m training for a race, or simply running because I can, exercise makes be better. Moving my body makes me think better; eat better; live better; parent better and love better. Yes, it’s great to be fit and in shape but after almost two decades of riding the waves of pregnancy, postpartum, fluffy and fit, I’ve learned that Fitness is not defined by the size or shape of my body, but how I move with the heartbeat of my soul.
What are you training for? Is it to achieve an illusion of perfection, or reach a standard no one can actually attain? Or keep? Becoming fit, for life, is about tapping into something much, much deeper than that. It’s a way to live.
The transformation from who I was to who I am now began almost twenty years ago when I started to run. I say I found God in the street because running is really where I found my faith. It’s where I found my strength. It’s where I found that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…but I actually have to take the next step. I believe our bodies are a tool to help us find healing in our spirit, soul and mind — as well as our body. Not for ourselves, but so that we can make a difference with our one life.
So today I take another step, in a very new direction. This step may lead nowhere, but it just might lead somewhere really cool. So please, tell me first: Does this resonate with you?
Second: Do you find yourself stuck when it comes to exercise, fitness, working out, or lifting weights? Do you have the same or similar thought obstacles blocking your way?
Third: Which obstacles resonate most with you, and what information, guidance or skills do you think would help you begin the journey to overcoming them?