Today was a hard day for many of us. We can attribute it to a lot of things, but mostly we have decided to go with whatever is…is! We started working out at five instead of six for our last week and we have two hours of cardio instead of one hour before breakfast, we get back to the townhouse at 7 and are back up for cardio at 8 and our hike was one of the harder ones….alot of ups and downs (steep ones and rocky) so the way in and the way back out felt equally difficult. Those are some of the logical reasons why we may have all had moments today when we felt like quitting…..
But you know what we did, we Pressed On…..we encouraged and rallied and cheered one another through and we are amazingly comfortable allowing one another to experience melt downs as well. It is all part of the journey. It is similar to how life is at home as well…not so much in the 10 hours of exercise or the controlled environment of which we are enjoying, but the ups and downs, the laughter and the tears, the wondering how much longer and the amazing end around the next bend. Life mirrors what we are experiencing in many ways.
I think what strikes me though is that when I am alone in life, quitting is easier to do than when I am in community. I walked alone on the hike for a while and battled in my mind the idea of just standing still. I tried to rationalize stopping as a moment to enjoy the beauty, to spend a moment with God and even just dreading if I keep walking, I will face another hill. I thought thru how it would be kind to myself to stop and head back and yet the truth was that my mind wanted me to believe that my body COULD NOT press on. I had to choose, very intentionally, to keep walking, one step in front of the other, and press on.
We are pretty honest with each other and admit when our stinkin thinkin takes over and know how to encourage and speak truth to one another…but one thing we have clearly learned, is the importance for each of us to know how to choose to press on…for another 30 seconds, another minute, or another mile…I hope you to can find the courage, energy and sheer determination to do the same!
8 thoughts on “When you feel like quitting….”
Love your blogs!! They inspire me!!
Keep on keeping on!
You are a terrific writer, in case you didn’t know…along with many other wonderful qualities that you have. Keep your chin up….as God is the lifter of your chin!
We have been talking in church and bible study, a lot lately, about doing life together, and not alone. Really another example of why life is meant to do in community, with each other, in the good stuff and bad.
Glad you’re surrounded with people who can be there for each other in honesty and difficulty.
I’m really proud of you!
Love, hugs, and God’s amazing blessings I pray for you 🙂
Thank you Trish for putting your inner thoughts on paper so we can share in your experience. You write down words in such a way that I can visualize what you are doing, and can see your srtuggles and accomplishments. Thank you.
Our sermon yesterday was about community as well. So much in me wants to do it alone, be in my comfort zone and don’t venture out too far. I will again read your blog when my feelings go there too much. Keep pressing on…together and it can be done. That is what I am hearing you say again and again. Thanks much for your gentle teaching and your loving heart.
Whew! I hope you find joy in pushing yourself. Maybe at the end of the day or next week looking back, if not today. I’m looking forward to having you back in town and in person. Let me know ahead of time if I need to walk ten miles while we talk. 🙂 I’m practicing.
Praying the Irish Blessing for you tomorrow.
You are a huge inspiration Trish – you go girl! I have been following your blog on the boot camp and I just can’t imagine doing that much workout in a day never mind day after day – but I do know that when there is a will there is a way and I’m sure you were at the point where you had the will. I fully believe this is transformational for you and am super excited that you can do this.
Your inspiration is contagious – I started the 30 day Shred from Jillian Michaels last Thursday, Paul joined me on Friday and we’re both committed to complete it – my plan is that after 30 days, I’ll be able to carry on with a similar workout at least 5 times a week. Thanks for the kick in the butt Trish!
Hang in there, Trish! Only 5 more days! You are an inspiration!