"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."-John Bingham
Just read this quote as I am preparing my grocery list for my adventure in a beach body challenge. Had I read this any other time, I might have overlooked it. However, as I am mentally preparing for this challenge, determined not to fail, I am kind of scared. Yes, scared. Scared of not succeeding, not following through, not reaching my goals. Weird, huh! I haven't ever seriously tried to be fit or lose weight...throughout my life I exercise occasionally and eat whatever we can afford at that time. Even when I was tiny in college, I was living off sodas and snacks that carried me though my classes and work until I ate dinner late in the evening. Unfortunately, as a mom of 3 on a limited budget, carbs like cereals, sandwiches, and pastas make up most days. So a bit of that "fear" is of the unknown--as one who is not good at meal planning, I am really going to have to think about and plan every meal. As one who will sometimes skip meals like breakfast or lunch, I now have to fit those in AND force snacks in-between as well. This is overwhelming to me.
At the same time, I am excited. I am excited to take my before pics and measurements because I can't wait to see the changes that will occur. I am eager to see those changes, yet realistic about the timeline. It has taken me about 8 years to fill these jeans after all, so I know I need to approach this with a sound mind knowing it will take time to reach my goal. What is my goal? To feel comfortable and cute in clothing. To be healthy. To not be a hypocrite that makes my children eat sensibly as I do the opposite. Also, since I know we are not having any more children, I feel like it is time to get back to where I know I need to be. My hubby is on board as well...ready to meet the challenge alongside me. And Shaun T is propped beside my dvd player ready to roll with my workout of choice, appropriately called Insanity.
So, Mr. John Bingham, whoever you are--fitness guru no doubt--I haven't started or finished yet. But as I prepare to begin this challenge I am mustering up the courage to do so. I know I can do this. I am ready to do this.