Inspirational Sunday: Notable Quotable #1
I am following an exercise program (more on that in tomorrow’s post), and daily, I am given a quote to ponder. I found this one particularly pertinent to me:
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’ “. -Unknown
The program is rigorous. My commitment to keep up the 6 days a week regime at the start, were solid, and then there were snags 3 weeks into it…I got raging sick, twice. I was working so hard and following the plan so well. Pictures were being taken weekly for a before and after sequence. It made me so mad that I woke up one day not able to get out of bed, much less lift a dumbbell. Not following the program was hard enough, on top of that, when I get sick, for some reason my appetite rages out of control (not surprised, I’m defaulted to overeat by nature; being sick just heightens that even more) making me crave carbs like nothing else. I suppose this is because of the lack in energy the virus is stealing from me and my body needing to fight off whatever ails me.
That Katy Perry song has nothing on me, my “Roar” sometimes is a deeper promise for tomorrow. You know my desire to lose weight has been haunting me for years, I’m not going to now let a temporary sickness get in my way. I told myself, “take the time to heal, then jump back in full force when you are up for it.” It took about a week and a half, and many carbs later, but I’m back in the saddle again.
It’s not just the big reasons that make me break my commitment at times, it’s also the small things that come up. Today, I just had a lack of energy to follow through on what I planned to do this afternoon. The plans made for the day were put aside just to listen to what my body wanted: rest and relaxation. I don’t have a good reason why, that is just how I felt. I did not waste my workout or good eating habits though. These remain a part of the plan no matter what. But if I plan a day to garden for 4 hours, but all I want is a nap, then I compromise. Instead of 4 hours, I did 40 minutes of simple stuff out in the yard. I’ll make up for those bigger plans another time. No big deal. Tomorrow is another day and I can always do more if I’m up for it.
I also want to re-state that old stand-by: Consistency is Key. It isn’t about just today, it’s about the total addition of day to day, week to week, month to month commitments. One, two, or even three days out of a month that get “ruined” for whatever reason don’t need to derail one’s plans permanently. Get back on the wagon tomorrow even stronger than before. That’s my roar speaking in a quiet voice!