When 2017 kicked off, I said I would make this year the year of me. And from where I’m standing right now, it definitely feels like I’m making the most of my goal.
At the end of last year, I started going for runs. They weren’t long, painless, or at my normal pace. When the cold weather was still bearable, I would go for 6:30 am runs. When the morning cold became too much, I would go for 9:30 pm runs. Some days I would run 10 minutes, others 20. But, here we are a few months later, and I’m back to my normal pace. (AND, a couple of times now have even shaved 6 seconds off my time!) I can go for more miles without pain in my knee or my brain saying “just quit.” Whether it’s on the trail outside or the treadmill at the gym, I just keep showing up.
And then I started going to the gym more regularly. The first spin class I took late last year left me in a huffing, puffing, sweat-pouring-from-every-pore-of-my-body mess. But I can still remember leaving the class feeling accomplished. So one class became two, then 5, and now I’m a regular. I know the class will be intense. My body sometimes thinks it can’t take that full-resistance climb, but you know what — it can. So I don’t give myself a chance for excuses. Instead, I just keep showing up.
Today, I went to the gym, waved hello to a couple of my favorite trainers, and hopped on the treadmill. A mile later, it was time for the arms/back/ab beatdown, lol. As I focused on the rear delt machine, I had one trainer stop by to tell me I was looking strong. With a big goofy grin on my face, I said thank you. As I wrapped up the remainder of my workout with some tricep kickbacks, another one of the trainers stopped by to say my form was “on point.” He pointed out that he’s seen progress in me — not just in physical appearance, but in the workouts I do too. And as I thanked him and went to leave, he waved and said back — “Keep putting in the work. Keep showing up. The progress is visible.”
And there it is, y’all.
In everything I do this year, I’m going to remind myself to just keep showing up.