Beginnings . . .



You always have to start somewhere . . .

So. My husband. 

My sweet, darling husband decided about a month to a month and a half ago that we were going to do this work out dvd series called, “Insanity.” I was super pumped! I had lost 15 pounds before my wedding day, and when people ask how is married life treating you, my reply is always, “Great! Marriage loves me. I’m fat!” That 15 pounds has slowly crept back into my life since saying “I do!” Much to my dismay, I haven’t had much motivation to work at losing it again, yet I find myself continuously moping around and complaining about my weight, growing jealous of those girls who have high metabolisms or who just know how to lose the weight fast. Obviously, this was getting me no where, and my husband noticed the way I was feeling. He, too, struggled with the same unhappiness. So, this was his solution. Luckily, we were able to borrow the dvd’s from a co-worker of his instead of paying money for the series. You would think this might motivate us more?

No! At least not me . . .

I have always been able to stay disciplined with a work out for a good solid two weeks. After that I seem to find myself off the band wagon left in the dust. I’m on week 4 now, and it has probably taken me at least 6 weeks to get here. So, why can’t I seem to motivate myself and put a firecracker under my butt? Especially when I’d rather get this thing done and over with but instead drag it out making it a lot harder on myself. I know the end results are what I’m looking for but getting there is like a hamster running after something on his wheel, he never gets there. Solution?

I’ve come to the conclusion that there really isn’t one unless I put forth the effort and continue trying different routes until I find one that works for me. The hamster won’t get to his food unless he chooses to get off the darn wheel and make an effort to get his results. As I have gotten older and grown to understand my strengths and my weaknesses, this is most certainly one of my biggest weaknesses. I’m a great self motivator, but this is one area where I have a hard time self motivating. Point blank – it sucks! But I’ve decided to focus on my anticipated results and use them as a motivator, or more as a deadline.

My husband and I are rounding our one year wedding anniversary (crazy?! I know!). To celebrate, we have booked ourself a 7 night cruise to Bermuda at the end of May. We both want to be beach bod, cruise fit! In order for that to happen, I have to get my butt in gear or else those results will never come, leaving me with even more disappointment. Beginnings are always the easiest, jump starting yourself with fresh ideas to do something in order to get where you want to be, but disciplining yourself for the long run to get there can be a real challenge. I remind myself that the strength inside of me to become healthier is greater than I can imagine if I just focus on the goal, on the prize. God wants me to be healthy, not only in mind and spirit, but also physically. If I am not physically healthy, taking care of the temporary physical temple he gave me, how will I be able to go where He wills me?

It reminds me of the cake in the picture above. That was my first cake I ever semi-professionally did. It was for a former co-worker’s baby shower. I was fresh out of my Wilton cake decorating class, excited, and ready to start my dream. I’ve always dreamed of becoming the owner of my own private bakery and have grown in the love the idea of having a small business out of my home where I can do what I love and be there to raise my family at the same time. Beginning my dream was the easy part, getting excited about the simple opportunities to bake and decorate a cake was a lot of fun too, but now, I’m at the point where things have plateaued and it’s time to get this engine running hot again. I have gotten to the place in my dreams of a future business where it is time to focus on decisions of networking, media, and building clientele.

Like any dream or path one desires to take on, you have to be ready to hit the rough patches but keep pushing through. Nothing comes easy, and not much is free. We have to find the strength in ourselves and in our faith that our dreams will one day come true, maybe not in our timing but in God’s for certain. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13.

As I continue to search and rejuvenate this motivation to get healthier and to grow my business, I encourage you to find your self motivator. What gets the fire inside of you burning? What gives you the itch and the desire to keep on?