Many people don’t know that just a few short years ago, my back, neck and shoulders were in a constant state of pain – the pain levels varied, but were always there.
This was the result of my body going through multiple traumatic car incidents in 8 months time.
Carrying a purse hurt. Taking steps hurt, and sometimes actually triggered spasms. It always hurt. And that was the exact excuse I used when I was offered to join a challenge group – “ummmm walking and existing hurts, you want me to do actual physically demanding stuff?” – that was my frame of mind. “YIKES!”
But for whatever reason I did join. I modified HEAVILY but I showed up, consistently. Started to get a little stronger. Started to strengthen my core, which greatly relieved the pain issues. So I kept going.
Today, I am pain free – certain things do sometimes trigger it (being outside in very cold temps for long periods of time, sitting or laying on hard surfaces, etc) but my quality of life is MUCH better now, and I am so thankful.
And that’s why I take these “silly flex” pics. To show how far I have come. To have something to compare to as I go further. A visual reminder that consistent effort pays off, and we are never stuck in a cycle of pain.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen! Keep going!
Do what makes you feel good. Achieve your goals, work towards your dreams, live your life… do the things that make you feel alive, inspired, empowered…
Make yourself so proud. Be your biggest fan. Your biggest believer, strongest supporter. Don’t worry about impression anyone else. Make yourself proud of yourself!
Are you proud of yourself?
Ugh…. I wish this wasn’t so true, but it is. We live in a society that is constantly trying to one-up, take away from our achievements, and minimize our successes. It’s maddening (and I say this often!)
It boggles my mind that somewhere along the line, we were conditioned to believe that our successes negate anyone elses. That somehow, us being better takes away from how great they are. It doesn’t work that way. If more people in the world were more content to just achieve their own goals, and make their own greatness, instead of minimizing other people’s, the world would be an i n f i n i t e l y better place. I am positive of it.
I feel more and more grateful every day that I was raised to celebrate others and their achievements. I will be the first to offer a high five, and a “way to go!”. In fact, I do use other people’s success to drive my own inspiration, but not so I can beat them or be better than them. But so I can better MYSELF.
I know a little healthy competition never hurt anyone, and don’t get me wrong, I can be very competitive, but there is a big difference between friendly competition, and outright devaluing someone’s hard work.
Don’t be one of those people who feel they can only get to the top on the backs of others! Love yourself, and be proud of yourself. Keep striving for greater things. The sky is the limit, and even that’s negotiable! 🙂