This month marks my one year anniversary working out at Jenny’s Gym (Camden’s Premier Strength Training Facility in beautiful downtown Camden, AR.)
And though I’m loathe to brag on myself 😏😏😏, when I say one year, I mean 3-4 days a week, every week, for a year.
I can’t tell you the last time I’ve done anything with that level of consistency…save the things one must do.
To be honest, I don’t know that I would have made it past 1 month had Jenny & Chris been other people and had my gymfam not become my gymfam. ❤️💪🏼☺️💪🏼❤️
AND I PROMISE YOU there were days that I didn’t want to work out. In fact, about two weeks ago I walked in, sat down for like 5 minutes, stood right back up and just walked out. LoL Not for lack of wanting to be there, …I just couldn’t on that day. I think I ended up going to sleep at 8 that night. BUT! I did make that day up and was able to get the rest of my days in that week.
So, because you asked, here’s a list of things I can say with total confidence after having done a year of strength training:
- I’ve never been more disciplined and the discipline I’ve learned from being consistent in the gym has thankfully flooded over into other parts of my life.
- You MUST develop a love for the process (soreness included.)
- I am stronger than I ever gave myself credit for being…and so are you.
- Exercise truly is a balm for a wounded mind/body/soul – a genuine, true blue therapeutic medicine that should be prescribed as any medicine is – ESPECIALLY to people who suffer from anxiety and depression!!!
- I never understood the axiom, “It’s the journey that’s important, not the destination,” until I began working out.
- Internal validation is sweeter by far than any external validation you can receive.
- I trust myself now in ways that I couldn’t conceive of in years past.
- “Working out” is as apt a tool for dealing with your mind as it is for your body because it is inherently meditative.
- “Working out” is about WAY more than just building muscle. It’s a process of self discovery, a journey of self-revelation. It is a means of self-actualization.
- We are all built differently. Any comparisons you make against other people will not serve you.
- Your “dream body” is inside of you – not someone else, and your ability to realize it is directly equivalent to the amount of work you’re willing to put into uncovering it.
- Realistic expectations are your friend.
- I love teaching (which I will be further pursuing) because I’m here to be of service.
That’s just some of the things I’ve learned over this past year. There are more but I need to save up on blog topics.
And about that MILESTONE…
When I was in 7th grade we had to do chin-ups as part of a fitness test. LoL Bein’ a “two ton honey bun” I did exactly none. I couldn’t even hang on the bar.
Kinda thought I was done with chin-ups until I began my IWT class last May but lo and behold – there they were again.
Jenny rotates them in and out of our workout plan – band assisted chin-ups, jump up into a chin-up, negative chin-ups & pull-ups….
Well, about mid year I started working out two gals in there (Krissy and Heather) and we decided at some point that we’d try to do one regular chin-up everyday and FINALLY, just yesterday, I did TWO. Which might not sound like much to some but to put this into proper perspective: I weigh 275 lbs. 😐
TAKE THAT CHIN-UPS!
So, one last little bit of something I’ve learned:
Strength is a progression. It builds gradually…quietly. Strength requires patient practice – your undivided attention, and as you work to build it you might find that, as your physical strength grows, so too does your mental and emotional strength.
Here’s to Year Two!!!
Om, Baby. Om!