Monday, December 29, 2014

2014, A Year of Growth

Just the other day as I was working with one of my clients and he asked me why I hadn't blogged in a while. Besides being busy, I really didn't have a reason. I responded with,

"My life is boring. All I do is train, train clients, teach classes, go to the grocery store, meal prep, eat, sleep, repeat."

Then he asked me, "well... what else would you be doing?!"

I laughed and said, "I don't know, something FUN!"

And that's how my attitude has been these last 6 months. I've set my goal to compete in Figure and as I would like to have been able to look back at 2014 and say I accomplished that goal, I haven't yet. This year of 2014 I don't have a huge accomplishment like I have had in other years. I've gained muscle, weight, knowledge, but I keep comparing myself to when my goal was weight loss. I was running daily then and always looking forward to a date, a run, training, and the excitement that goes along with running a race.  And this new goal I have for myself has taken more of a dedication and commitment than I actually really knew about before I dove in. This last year I've had no huge competition thrills, nothing big and exciting going on, no dramatic life changes, and I have based my so called 2014 success on the 'Mountain Top Thrills'.

So then there I was sitting in church and I was thinking more about my so called "2014 lack of achievements" during worship and the story of the 40 years in the desert came to mind. And then I remembered a quote I had once seen, "You can't live life on a mountain top, real life happens at the base of the mountain". I guess this is what I call the 'DAILY GRIND'.

In a world of social media we see people sharing their engagements, wedding pictures, baby expectancies, graduations, new cars, homes, and the list goes on. And I think we as a society, myself included, base our success and self worth on what we're able to show and tell for the year. And today's thoughts reminded me that if it takes me 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years to accomplish 'MY PERSONAL' goals... so be it! My goals are my goals and my success and self worth isn't based off of anyone but Jesus and that he died for me. I'm placed on this earth to serve and honor him not just for a year and then that's a wrap... but for my life. Good years, bad years, boring years, grateful years and eventful years... That's how I see my fitness lifestyle being similar to my walk with Christ. It's my lifestyle. It's who I am. I may fail at one, and I may fail at both. I come up short and I don't have success all the time. But the bottom line, I'm attempting at becoming a better me daily and I refuse to give up on that. And so for that, I can look back at 2014 and say, yea, I accomplished something. I grew as an individual.


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