Wednesday Wisdom – Strong

Stare any obstacles and challenges in the face, and then rise above them. You have no choice but to be stronger, after all, whatever life is handing you right now didn’t MAKE you, so why would you let it BREAK you?

You are stronger and more resilient than you think. You can do hard things!

 

Thursday Thoughts – Strength

I feel completely comfortable calling this the true measure of strength.

And I mean, physical challenges are definitely just that, physically challenging… but I think the realest, hardest, grittiest and character building moments come in overcoming our mental, spiritual and emotional adversaries. From rising above what we thought we couldn’t – from rising above our lack mindset and creating an abundant one.

Just my .02 – what say you?

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful.

I am grateful.

I am blessed.

In this world, it is too easy to forget how blessed we are in life, but the past couple of weeks have been a welcoming refresher into how blessed I am to have the people in my life that I do. An uplifting, supportive circle of friends and family who all look out for each other, who offer a long hug when it’s needed, some kind words, a reminder to be gentle… so much more. Truly, SO much more.

I don’t thank the people in my life enough for being in my life. That’s my bad.

If you are reading this, you are part of my life somehow, and for that I am grateful. Thank you!

Flex Friday – Back

This is an EMOTIONAL flex pic to post…

See, there was a time when not only were my back/shoulders not muscular, but they were in PAIN. Two back to back accidents where I was rear ended had them fragile and weak.

At one point, it was painful to even carry a purse, and I have never been the type to carry a heavy purse loaded with everything but the kitchen sink, but it was painful to even have a small purse with just my wallet and cell phone in it.

And if you have ever had a back/shoulder injury, you know how it affects EVERY part of your body, so all of me was becoming a pile of weak mush. I almost didn’t even accept Rebecca’s invite to her Challenge Group, citing my back injuries and how I was still having pain and spasms, even several years removed from the accidents.

But I said YES. I modified HEAVILY, but I kept going. If something caused actual pain, I eased up a little, but I kept moving on a regular basis.

As I strengthened my CORE, I strengthened EVERYTHING, so my back spasms CEASED, the pain SUBSIDED for the most part (still have the occasional day where my lower back is a little tender), and I got stronger and stronger.

And so here we are today – I regularly complete intense programs with no pain. I have some muscles, and some definition. I feel strong.

And I can truly say, when I was in the throes of feeling weak and in pain, I TRULY never thought the day would come where I not only FEEL strong, but I can SEE evidence of my strength and how far I have come, too.

Don’t let your current circumstances keep you from starting – the name of the game is modifying until you don’t have to anymore. I speak from experience; I am living PROOF.