Inspiration vs Action

This morning, I woke out of bed feeling a little lighter. I stepped on the scale and realized I my suspicions were correct, I am lighter. 20 pounds lighter to be exact. I decided to celebrate by wearing my little red dress and took a picture of it.

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As soon as I posted it, the picture got so many likes and positive comments. Each one made me fuzzy inside and put a huge smile on my face. Littered between the comments were ones that said “You are inspiring” and “You inspire me!”. This always catches me off guard. I’m not sure why the word “inspiring” causes me to pause.

The truth is, I’m not doing this 90 day challenge to inspire people. I want to be stronger, healthier and have more energy. I want my girls to grow up knowing that exercising their bodies is just as important as exercising their brains. I want to show myself that I can overcome any obstacle and even kick it’s ass across the room. Weight loss wasn’t even a goal, but it’s a nice perk for all of the hard work.

Last week, I started doing double workouts. 3 times a week, I am doing a 30 minute bootcamp class and then immediately following it up with a 30-35 minute run. This is the only way that I could think of doing my strength training and cardio around my crazy schedule and solo parenting. If I think back to a year ago, there was no way I could have imagined myself working out 6-8 times a week, but I’m doing it.

I’m working hard. Damn hard at this. Take a look at yesterday’s bootcamp:

  • 3 sprints around Blitz floor 
  • 40 squat jumps
  • 40 push-ups (knees down)
  • 40 lunge jumps
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 40 side plank dips (right, knees down)
  • 40 side plank dips (left, knees down)
  • 40 tuck jumps
  • 40 plank superman (not even modified! I actually did these!!)
  • 40 frog jumps
  • 40 leg raises
  • 40 burpees (modified to take the jumping out)

I finished all of this in about 25 minutes and then went for a 35 minute run. Let’s just say that I was sweating so hard, I had to put my makeup on when I got to the office.

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Is this inspiring? Am I inspiring? From my perspective, inspiration means finding something that moves you and makes you initiate change. All of the “You are inspiring” comments mean nothing unless you follow it up with action. Get up and get moving. Who knows? Maybe you will find the inspiration from within to reach your goals. I’m not there yet, but I’m putting in one hell of effort.

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  1. Great job! It’s hard to push yourself over and over again but you are DOING IT!!!! And the dress looks fab!

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