Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
I’m on my second cycle of training and thought I’d be better equipped to handle Angel‘s
torture routines. My body says otherwise. I continue to sweat like I spent the night before clubbing it up. After exhausting my chest and back, Angel and I turned to abs which led to my body and mind saying a collective “I quit this ish”.
My lower abs and my back were competing for who can cause the most grief. I was not about the pain, and I did not like the feeling at all. It HURT to keep going. Panting on the bench, I was convinced that I would need and EMS to leave the gym. Angel coaxed me to give her one more set, explaining that I was transforming my body and that transformation hurts.
For the first time, I understand the meaning of the saying “No Pain, No Gain.” I always thought that phrase was something people said just to say something. It’s short, snappy, and rhymes. The pain I felt in my back was temporary, gone a few beats after my last leg lift. Had I allowed myself to give into the pain and quit, I would have a lopsided belly, and not enjoy the results I see so far.
No Pain, No Gain can be applied to almost every aspect of our lives. Think of how much we can grow if we allowed ourselves to push past the pain that comes when we grow emotionally, spiritually, and mentally?
Stepping out of my comfort zone is NEVER easy.
This year I have elected to free myself of the things that I allowed to hold me back. Not to say that there aren’t external things that cause limits. There will always be someone who looks at my gender, my race, my zip code and make a decision. Those folks I have to say a “Bless Your Heart” and keep it moving. However, I have a trick. When faced with adversity, I take a deep breath, whisper “One, Two, Three SHOWTIME!” and keep it moving.
Maybe it’s my new medication, maybe it’s the cleaner eating, but I am feeling so blessed and ready for 2014 I’m bouncing about in my seat.
This upcoming year and transformation don’t come with written directions. Assembling a desk or Wii unit, I can look at the directions or picture step-by-step and know what to expect next. To experience FREEDOM, I have to allow my mind, soul, body, and spirit to let go and explore where I have never allowed myself to imagine. What I’m preparing for is an internal to external change that calls for stepping out of my comfort zone, and sometimes blazing a path that doesn’t exist yet.
In the past I KNOW that I would throw my hands up and said screw it while moving on to the next level of Candy Crush. I’ve been down that route and I don’t want a return visit. Moving out of my comfort zone is not going to be pretty. I’m going to have moments of petulance, times when I resist, and times where it hurts TOO much to keep moving.
There is no gain without pain, I realize. But what I’m preparing to gain is going to be awesome.