I cannot get over how much stronger I’ve become, how much my balance has improved & how much endurance I’ve built.
A few months ago, I was the girl stopping halfway through the exercise because I just couldn’t do it.
I was the girl trying to do push-ups on her knees, let alone do them at all.
I was the girl who could hardly do a dead lift or side leg lift without feeling like I was about to fall & without taking a break between each lift.
I was the girl who used 3 pound weights & who’s legs failed on her every time she tried to do a lunge.
I was the girl who could hardly lift her upper body to chest press & who did jumping jacks instead of star jumps.
Today, I’m definitely not the strongest in the room & that’s not my goal. But, I’m STRONGER than I was.
Today, I say with certainty that I made PROGRESS.
I’m the girl who makes it completely through the exercise because I can.
I’m the girl doing push-ups (not perfectly, but getting there!) & no, not on my knees.
I’m the girl with enough balance, flexibility & lower body strength to dead lifts & full side leg lifts & not need to touch the ground after every lift.
I’m the girl who’s using 8 pound weights & who’s legs are strong enough to sustain her with every lunge.
I’m the girl lifting my upper body to chest press & doing the star jumps.
All this is great, fine & dandy, but it’s a representation of a lot more than just the improvement in my physical ability & strength. It’s a representation of the fact that in everything in life, we all start somewhere.
There’s opportunity for growth everywhere but each one starts with a new beginning.
At first, odds are, we won’t be great or amazing at what we start.
But overtime, we get stronger, better & more accustomed to it.
I won’t lie, the first month at the gym was hard because I had trouble accepting that I wasn’t able to perform as best as I wanted.
But if there’s one word of advice I can share, it’s to persevere even in the face of adversity, difficulty & challenge. Don’t let it bring you down or make you feel less worthy. Your worth isn’t determined by how much time it takes to overcome difficulty.
Your worth exists no matter what.