Progress…It’s something we’re always trying to achieve, be it in work, in school, in our relationships and, as it concerns a blog like mine, in fitness. It’s easy to set standards in any of these realms for ourselves that our tough if not impossible to meet, and yet sometimes it pushes us to be better and try harder. Sometimes it discourages us and the we’re bombarded by lies about ourselves – our bodies, our self-worth, our lives in general.
But a work in progress? Now that’s something a bit different. There’s room for disappointment, for missed marks, for failure even. There’s the chance to be moving towards something and pushing to see change with a bigger perspective in mind.
That’s exactly where I feel like I’m at right now both in my life in general and in my fitness more specifically. I’m a work in progress, and always will be, until my time here on earth is done. I’m not a huge fan of the term “self-improvement” because I think it implies that you’re doing the work yourself. Thank God that I have him to help me! To guide me and correct me; to convict to challenge to change me.
We will always be moving towards something: towards better health, towards a more fit body, towards a more focused and diligent mind – OR away from those things. There’s really no standing still. So when it comes to your fitness, which direction are you moving in? Not just in a physical sense, but is your mind in alignment with what you’re doing in the gym? Are you working out hard and then berating yourself if you eat a cookie, or focusing just on weight and the numbers and not on how much more you can lift or how your injuries have diminished? We work together, body and mind, and it affects how we live our lives.
If you’ve been reading my blog since the fall, you know that I gained about 5-8 lbs and have had trouble getting it off. I know some might look at my life (and the above picture, the best of all the ones I took over the weekend – #YesIScreenMyPhotos) and think, “5 to 8 lbs? Oh come on.” BUT I know how my body feels best – when I’m eating well, when I’m pushing hard in the gym, and when I’m leaner. I’m a bit softer, a bit wider, and bit less tight than I’d like. While this gives me something to shoot for in terms of my physical body (it’s just true that I would like to get those extra few pounds off!), I also recognize that my pull ups are getting stronger and better; I’m lifting heavier weights; I’m consistent with my workouts and eating on the pretty good scale most the time.
But more than that, I am ever reminded of the verse from I Timothy (4:8) which reads: For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. In other words, while it is acknowledged as being good and important, there’s more to life than training.
I just wanted to share some of the things I’m processing with you lately. Are you moving towards PROGRESS or PERFECTION?
Are you moving backwards in your life (fitness or otherwise) or moving forwards in some way?
And are you matching your life up with your gym time? Are you on the same path with your mission in your life as well as what you eat, what you preach to others, how you view your own body and life?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Until then, keep livign well & being well – both inside AND (more importantly!) outside the gym,