putting it in motion

I was responding to “tweet” earlier that had been written by Steve Harvey.The original “tweet” said that ” Your words should match your action. Talking about what you want is not enough.Do the work to make it happen.” My response is the title for today’s blog.

This “tweet” brought me back to the year i decided to join the gym. I had overcome the addiction to cigarettes. I did that by quitting “cold turkey”. No easy task I can assure you. In the months that followed I consoled myself with food. It did not help that I could finally taste everything I was eating. And let me tell you it tasted WONDERFUL!!

Unfortunately, by the following spring I could not fit into any of my old clothing. I had gained too much weight. I kept passing this gym that was near my house. It had a big sign in the front of it. In big letters they were announcing a special price for the summer. It was only $19.95 per month unlimited visits.

I came home and began talking about joining the gym. This was in March 2001. I would not take any official action until that June. I was all caught up in taking about it. I would converse with my girlfriends about what time of day I would go. As well as the kind of workouts I would be doing. I had it all planned. Without any of the actual “work”.

After talking everyone to death about it, I finally signed up at the gym.My first time there I realized I was going o need some assistance. I scheduled my appointment with a personal trainer named “Paul”. I met with him the following morning at 5;30 am. I had not been up this early since my son was an infant. It was clear from the very beginning of the workout session, that I had a long,long way to go.

I had never been on a treadmill a day in my life prior to this. The initial speed of 1.1 threw me for a loop. Paul was amused and let out a small chuckle.He told me for any workout to be effective i would need to be at the gym at least three times a week. My head was swimming. I needed to figure out how I was going to achieve this. Then it came to me, a grim reality. For me to work out three times a week i would have to get my foot on the treadmill at 5:30 in the morning. Since my husband at the time left for work by 6:30 am.

I set my alarm for 5:15 am and was off. At first I was going three times a week. But then something happened. I found that on the days I was not working out, my body was longing to be in motion. Before long the three days a week turned into five. I was unstoppable. I had more energy than ever, and I was a better Mom to my kids. I do not go to the gym at 5;30 in the morning anymore because my kids have grown up. But I still work out at least three times a week.

I now apply this to everything I put my hand to. It is not easy for me either as i like to talk a lot about things before I get moving ! But one thing is for certain: Just like a ball rolling down hill, once in motion you will only gain momentum!