Today, I’m back from a busy Labor Day weekend, and ready to update my blog concerning my August Action initiative. I have included a few things learned during this August challenge in earlier posts, but felt like I needed to add a few more to finish out the month and the challenge.
August began as an exciting time to focus on change, finish out the summer with gusto, and take action on some things I had been neglecting to do for a while now. I wanted to get down to business with exercise, find some alternatives to walking that would still burn calories, and in general move more. It all started fine, then BLAMM–the push came and I was down.
The month of August turned out to be one extremely challenging, emotionally charged mess that lasted four long weeks. Ah, well, it happens to the best of us, right?
Half way through the month I felt like saying to God, “Ya know, I’m just trying to move a little more, not change the world.” I was that frustrated.
It would be minimizing things to say that I met with resistance when trying to change things up in my life during August. Better to say I came face-to-face with a brick wall of my own making. I was reminded of a few things that I had learned in the past, and I shared those things earlier, but I was also reminded that to really change who you are and get healthy, a whole lot of commitment and persistence is needed.
There are so many things that happen in life and threaten to derail our plans to change, and I think they were all hurled at me this month.
The good news: I’m still standing. Yay, that’s pretty good news if you ask me.
And some more good news is that I now know myself better.
I did not join a gym, learn yoga, start a swimming class, or dance for any length of time during August. I did have surgery on my foot (test results STILL pending), and I did fight like a banshee against emotional overload. Seriously, this month felt like what I imagine it would be to enter a boxing ring for a few rounds with the America Heavy Weight Champ. It wasn’t really that bad, but it was bad.
Ugh, hope I never have to do that, ever again.
With the changing of August to September, I have once again challenged myself to mix things up, try something new, and beat back the calories. I’m taking a little different approach this time, though. During September, I’m focused on letting go–surrendering those bad habits I’ve developed over the years, and giving God the opportunity to do a new thing in my life. I know He will. He’s good like that, and He is the reason I have any hope at all that I can change. I’ve gotten this far through faith in God and myself. I have no reason to think this is the end of the line.
Beginning today, I am willing to let go of self and seek a better way, a smarter way, a different way, because I believe that God is good and CHANGE is possible! It’s just getting that food as fuel thing in my cabasa that still needs some work. I’ll get there though…just you wait and see!