Pushing Through the Pain


Well, it’s week two of my 21 day challenge and I’ve encountered a couple of minor obstacles. Last week was an abrupt shift to eliminate my primary distraction – TV. My plan was to go cold turkey the first 7 days. I did that successfully, but by day 7 I was struggling. On day 8, I allowed myself to watch some of my favorite shows on demand. Thankfully, I didn’t overload; I had a good balance.

Week two has been more of a challenge because unlike week 1, I didn’t start the week with a real strategy. So of course, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I had some vague ideas of what this week would entail, but no real plan. I knew I was going to stick to most of the basics with diet, and continue to work out daily, but beyond that I got stuck. The good news is it hasn’t been difficult to get back on track. I identified where I was going wrong and was able to course correct, keeping in mind my primary goal – to be more productive.

One thing I’m enjoying is the spiritual revelation I’m getting through some of the simplest things. It’s amazing how God can speak to us through the smallest of things! I had a really great epiphany this morning during my workout. I’m still recovering from an injury I incurred last week while out running. I hurt my wrist pretty badly, so it’s taking a minute to heal. Consequently, I’ve modified my workouts to mostly cardio and lower body. Well, while I was using the elliptical, which has the arm rotation, I began to pull back on my workout because it agitated my wrist. I’ve been doing that for the past week. But today was different, when I was pulling back and complaining about the discomfort, I felt God speaking to my spirit. He showed me that I have a tendency to play it safe in so many areas of my life and there are times I need to just push through the pain (which can be physical or emotional) and stretch beyond my comfort zone. It’s not like my wrist is broken, it’s just uncomfortable. Obviously, I’m not going to re-injure myself or delay my healing, but it wasn’t so bad that I needed to stop or even complain. I thought of the Olympic gymnast, Keri Strug who sprained her ankle during her routine and pushed through the pain to win the gold medal. I realized my discomfort paled in comparison to hers so I kept going. Funny thing is as soon as I made the decision in my mind to push through, I no longer felt the discomfort. It was mostly mental; I was just giving myself an excuse to hold back. It really made me evaluate where else I do that in my life. I don’t want to keep taking the easy way out. So here’s what that taught me; if we want to accomplish all the things God has in store for us, we are going to have to push pass our comfort zone from time to time. Are there areas in your life where you need push pass your comfort zone?

So, that’s where I am at week two of my 21 day challenge. I know there is more to come and I look forward to it.

Until next time…

Peace, Love & Fitness!

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