It was a long and cold winter, and I am so glad that we are now enjoying warmer weather. During the winter months I went to the gym to work out and run because it was too cold to run in my neighborhood. At the gym I started taking two classes, a “Body Pump” class and “Spin” class.
In the “Body Pump” class you lift weights and do all kinds of stretches, lunges, squats, chest presses, and push-ups, all while lifting weights. When I first started the class, I used only the bar and no weights. Now I am up to about 30 pounds. It may not seem like a lot of weight, but when you lift the weight 100 times or more, it adds up!
In the “Spin” class, you ride a stationary bike for about 45 minutes. This class is also intense. While riding the bike, you have to adjust the pressure of the pedal to simulate going up hills, pedaling very fast, or hovering. When I first started the class, I could only pedal about 5 minutes without getting winded, and I certainly didn’t adjust the pedal. Now, I can adjust the pressure of the pedal, and pedal very fast. Of course, I sweat like a pig, but it’s worth it.
I didn’t realize the strength that I had built up until over this weekend, I ran outside for the first time in months. The streets around my neighborhood are kind of hilly. As I run toward Charlestown Road I run downhill. However, when I am coming back up, there is a point where I have to run back uphill. This area was always tough for me and most times I would have to walk up the hill. Saturday morning I went out running and when I got to the hill, I just ran right up the hill. It took me a minute to realize that I had just run up the hill AND kept running without stopping. It was then that I knew my hard work at the gym had paid off. I started smiling at really began to run and sing along with Wayne Brady (don’t judge me…his CD is really good..ha).
I want to encourage you today that if you have a goal in mind or something that you’re trying to accomplish; to stick with it. You may not see the results immediately, but slowly you will begin to see positive changes. One of my favorite quotes is “A thousand mile journey begins with one step”.
If there is something that you have been putting off, I want to encourage you today, to go ahead start. Don’t wait! Time waits for no one. A better life is out there for you…reach out and grab it! Make a move today…you’ll be glad you did!
Question – What is something that you have been doing, that has made a positive difference in your life?
We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul–not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, – (Colossians 1:11)The Message
I love you to life!