This morning when I was doing my workout DVD, I was really struggling with some of the moves, and I had to do some modifications. In the past, I would feel bad about myself if I had to modify a workout. I would think that if I wasn't keeping up EXACTLY with the workout instructor on the DVD, then I was a failure and I might as well just give up.
I gave up on myself so many times. Sometimes I'd give up before I even started. I would think "I can't do that...so why should I even try?" Or I would think "I have so much weight to lose...its going to take forever...I might as well just forget about it."
Mostly, I was just afraid of how hard I'd have to work in order to change my life and start moving towards my goals.
But then I read this quote from Joyce Meyer;
"Just because you feel fear doesn't mean you can't do it. Do it afraid."
I was afraid, but I got started anyway. It wasn't easy, and it still isn't. Although I've lost 71 lbs so far, I still have more weight to lose. And even though I workout every day, there are still things I can't do, and there are still moves that I have to modify. But then again, there so many things that I CAN do that I wasn't able to do before, and sometimes it just amazes me! I think "wow, I'm really doing this...52 years old, still overweight, bad knees...but I am doing this workout!"
If you're afraid to start, then do it afraid! You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to keep up with people who are younger than you, or people who are already in better shape than you. You only need to compete with yourself. Put forth YOUR best effort, and just take it one day at a time. Give yourself time to get better, stronger and braver. You are so worth the effort!
There are 110 days left until New Years Day. Imagine the progress you can make in that time! The days will go by no matter what you are doing, so why not make the best off that time?