Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." --Bernice Johnson Reagon
Sometimes no matter how hard I try to move forward, it seems I move backward instead. I face the challenges of my life with great energy, and then it seems I slam into a wall. This weekend was one of those walls.
All week, I try to eat right, to exercise . . . then on Saturday, friends wanted to go do wine tasting. I agreed to go, and of course I tasted wine at each winery - all 5 of them. That was topped off with dinner at a pizza parlor - where of course I had the worst pizza I could have picked. Oh well, I thought - tomorrow I will do better.
The next day, I once again started off strong - carefully selecting my food, exercising. Then on Monday it was my father's 74th birthday. Again, I threw caution to the wind, and had a glass of wine with dinner, a piece of birthday cake. By the end of the birthday party, I felt defeated, and bloated.
Then, this morning, I got up bright and early, and went to the gym for my workout. I take a group lifting class, and did my workout. Afterwards, I was sitting outside of the exercise studio, when the instructor walked up to me and said, "I just have to tell you, I noticed you in class today. Your shoulders and arms look phenomenal. They are very toned and sculpted." Ahhhh, music to my ears.....just those few words of encouragement, and I have found the energy and excitement to continue down this path.
I grow in positive ways from each challenge I face in life.