Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Because I Can

I've been a little overwhelmed lately.  Full to-do lists have kept my mind on eveything but what I'm doing at the moment.  I've lost my focus. 

While I have been getting adequate workouts, I've just been going through the motions.  My nutrition of late is a whole other story.  I've been all over the map with too few calories one day, too much processed junk the next, followed by a day with 7-8 servings of veggies and way too much booze.

During my awful long run Monday, I thought about my body.  I may not love the way it looks in the mirror, but it's healthy and strong.  My legs and lungs allow me to run 13+ miles.  My arms allow me to push press and thrust 65+ pounds.  This is such a huge blessing.  My long run problem was stomach pain, due to poor nutrition...something I brought upon myself. 

Everyday people have their body fail them.  It could be an injury, such as my dad's torn rotator cuff, or declining health due to a lifetime of bad habits and aging, or a disease that affects a person for unknown reasons.  The fact God gave me a capable body is a gift and I should take care of it to the best of my ability.

One day, my body will fail me.  It's a fact.  I hope that when it does, I know that I used it to its full potential.

I often feel obligated to exercise and eat healthy, doing it because I should.  That is not the right attitude.  I should do it because I can. So many others can't, and I won't be able to forever.

My inspiration for re-focusing is doing it because I can.  Part of this is pushing my limits and seeing what I truly can do!

What inspires you?


  1. crossing a finish line always inspires me to want to sign up for another race!

    1. I agree. There is nothing like the high of finishing a race! Also, having something to work toward keeps me on track.

  2. I love this! I want to adopt this same approach!