I walked back into a yoga class at my favorite studio three weeks ago. I hadn’t been there since I was 9 months pregnant with my third child. Here I am in that uncomfortable familiar place of starting over in this once again postpartum body. After 6 months I am finally starting to recognize it again. I am not one of those lucky ladies who bounce back to their original size and shape quickly. I continue to convince myself I’m ok with it and to just show up, just get started, no matter how it looks and feels. I walk into the crowded class and lay out my mat. The Yoga instructor opens up the class with the most perfect thing I needed to hear. She discusses the difference between being okay and being amazing. I quickly realize I am not okay with okay. I have never been someone who settles. I love the word amazing and I overuse it a lot, but maybe not as much recently. She reads us this quote (I wish I knew who to give the credit to):
“Look around you. How many people do you think are settling? Probably a heck of a lot. People settle into okay relationships, okay jobs, okay friends, and an okay life. Why? Because okay is comfortable. Okay pays the bills, and provides a warm bed at night. Some people are fine with okay, and guess what? That’s okay. But okay is not thrilling, it isn’t passion, it’s not life challenging or unforgettable. Okay is not the reason you risk absolutely everything you’ve got for the smallest chance that something absolutely amazing could happen.”
Wow. That’s AMAZING. I want to be and feel AMAZING. At the end of the yoga hour after struggling through the challenging flow class, fumbling through poses, lying still for a few minutes-Aha! Finally! I feel AMAZING! I want more of this so called AMAZING. I had forgotten what AMAZING feels like.
My mind instantly thought of all of you. If you are in the process of gearing up to start training for your triathlon you might be feeling like “What the heck did I sign up for?” Why did I do this to myself? It’s okay to feel apprehensive. However, by taking that step and signing up for She Tris (or any event) you’re taking that chance to become passionate about something. In my last entry I wrote about how the first step in rejuvenating your health and fitness goals is to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your needs, your desires, to what your heart is telling you. Is there something missing from your life? What is it? If you are out of balance, if you feel something isn’t right, if you know you are not giving yourself enough, if you know you want to lead a healthy life but don’t know why you haven’t started or can’t stick to it, this is your heart telling you you’re not going down the path it honestly wants. So what do you do, how do you answer these feelings and questions? You start. Listen, then act. Then guess what? You will start to feel AMAZING! Take that uncomfortable first step into a yoga class, into the pool, onto your bike, by walking forward or running and it will make you feel AMAZING! You are about to start something that’s on your bucket list or maybe you needed a new challenge or want to conquer something you never thought you’d do. Whatever the reason, make it an AMAZING journey!
Yours in Fitness,