I have many dreams. Some relate to personal relationships, others to my career, and some to my physical health. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish. One of these is completing a Spartan Race, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post. This is a pretty big one for me and something I would have never thought possible until just recently.
For anyone who wants to start exercising, but is feeling intimidated by the thought, I really want to encourage you to go for it. Taking baby steps still keeps you moving forward. I have never been a physical or active person. I walked quite a bit when I was younger but that was where it ended. Once I got to university, my activity level decreased to the point where walking up a flight of stairs winded me. When I started my two-year college course after that, I signed up for a crossfit class. It revealed how weak and out of shape I truly was. Crossfit definitely helped increase my endurance and stamina. I really liked the feeling of being fit and healthy and wanted to continue in that direction.
However after I graduated, I had to deal with a major health issue that halted my workouts for more than a year. All the progress I made disappeared and I had to completely start over. It took me a while to figure out what my new goals were and how best to achieve them. Eventually I found weightlifting and fell in love. I also enjoy HIIT training and running.
Aside from the physical benefits of becoming stronger and gaining muscle, there are a lot of mental benefits as well. I’ve learned to push myself when I feel like giving up. I’ve put myself out of my comfort zone and tried new things. I’ve gained so much self confidence and have become more in-tune with my body. I know my limitations and I know my strengths. I’ve become more disciplined, which has helped in all aspects of my life. I’m mentally tougher now and can handle more. The endorphins you get after a good workout are definitely a bonus too!
Being able to pursue my goal of completing a Spartan Race and to see the fruits of my hard work is so motivating. Knowing that I’m able to achieve my goals and dreams through hard work and determination has encouraged me to create even more new goals.
What are some of your dreams?