Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Be All The Way Strong

Be All The Way Strong, Heart Shaped Sweat, Fit Challenge for May

You can have it all. It just takes a lot of work. But hard work always pays off. Remember the days of pulling all nighters and studying your face off? And while getting that good grade, another one dropped? Spending the following weeks to raise that grade only to find another one suffered? Maybe that didn't happen to you but it happened to me year after year. Eventually I got the swing of things and evened the kilt. I learned how to balance the work load so that each class represented my hard work and each class scored a high grade at the same time. It's the jinx effect. When all things happen together.

I believe in being fit. I believe fit means strong. I don't think strong always shows. I think strong holds many levels to its definition. The girl or guy with bulging/cut muscles may have the strength but maybe not the endurance. The girl/guy with a layer hiding the hard muscles may not show a lot of strength but will blow your mind in his/hers endless endurance abilities. Standing trackside cheering on my sons track team brought this kind of scenario into full perspective. The girls lined up, ready for 30some seconds of bliss in the 100m dash. Each girl kneeled, hand on track, eyes on finish line, perched and ready. Each trim in size except for one. Upon a quick inspection, judging the book by it's cover, all bets would lead to a particular winner. But after the count and horn blast all those bets would be lost. The girl who created the largest of shadows also created quite the ruckus. She had the strength, the endurance, the all the way strong to win the race. She stood tall and ran. The power in her in eyes matched the power of her stride.

It's important to be strong in your mind and soul. We can lift and squat, run and spin all day, every day but at the end of the day if we're feeling defeated in our thoughts and aspirations for all else in life then what good is the smaller size, the tighter skirt, the flatter belly? It makes me think of the word superficial  No one wants to live a life coated in happiness and beauty. Happiness and beauty should shine outwards from within.

Be All The Way Strong, Heart Shaped Sweat, Fit Challenge for May

I'm dedicating the month of May to Be All The Way Strong.
It's best fitting for me. I work hard on my outward appearance and physical strength. My mind is rolling during the time I spend running, lifting, stepping, dancing, TRX'ing. My mind challenges my body in ways that I should challenge my soul in moments of chaos, in times of grief and stress. In decisions of quitting bad habits and properly allotting time to tasks. And so much more.

If I can control my thoughts and push out the "quit now" feeling during hard workouts, long races, and resistant training then why not work that same muscle (the mind) to push out temptations to leave the laundry piled, wash dishes after the next meal, blog another posts, read another blog, or raise my voice in a moment of stress and chaos? Believe me I am no saint. I have my faults and yet I am still an amazing mother, wife and friend. We live in peace and show much respect to each other but like in the fit-world there is always room for improvement.

If I can center my energy to better discipline all parts of my life not just gym time how much of a better person would I be? How much more confidence would shine through my every step? How much more love could I share and how much more peace could be felt in the stillest of moments as well as the most rambunctious?

So I challenge myself to Be All The Way Strong. And as always I totally invite you to join! There's a fancy button, a hashtag of # allthewaystrong and more posts to come. You may find there are thoughts that counteract your fitness time. I see so much passion and drive in peoples faces when I look around the gym yet I wonder if they'll carry the same strength on the beach when in much less clothing. I see high fives and hear cheers at races but maybe there is solemness in their homes. Working the mind, body and soul/spirit/core whatever you call it will hit a different sore spot for each one of us.

You'll see me challenging myself in lifting heavier, speed training for the fun of it, and picking up spin classes. 3 fit-world things I want to focus on this month. I may post less, I may post more during the month as I truly open my heart and look deeper for any ways I can be stronger in mind and soul. With an upcoming cross country move, a transition back to the regular army, terrible twos occurring in the most public of places and yes, a tween boy moving through puberty... I could use a little more mental strength and inner peace.

I want to the most beautiful person I can be. 

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Emily @ Newlywed Moments said...

love this and totally agree! being physically fit is wonderful, but we have to keep it in perspective and work on our whole selves too! great reminder!!

Noor Unnahar said...

Awesome words girl . Behind every success , there's a worse story . SO before we judge a success , I think we better know the hard part behind it :)
Noor @ Noor's Place

Esther Davison said...

I understand the mental struggle along with the physical struggle. I've discovered that accomplishing a simple task on the to do list feels just as great as finishing the race. I'll keep you in my prayers for this move and your family. I am moving across town June 12. :) Esther Norine Designs estherdavison@gmail.com

P!nky said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! 100% love this!

Totally in!!!!

The Pink Growl said...

LOVE this! Being all the way strong is what I want to be!

K ♥ said...

I love your mind set, totally joining you on this.



Becca Moss said...

I absolutely love this! So true!

Another Clean Slate said...

What a great message! Love following along with your motivation- it gives me a little! :)

Beth Boone said...

I just love your motivation!!!! :) So inspiring!!

Cassie said...

I love this!!! thanks for sharing!

Melanie @ 4Kottez said...

This is a wonderful post:)

Samantha Ciaccio said...

I can't wait to be a part of this!!

Shannon said...

I love this post and totally agree with it! We are all strong inside and need to let it shine. I with ya girlfriend!

Cari Hof said...

I mostly follow crafting or food blogs, and I can't really remember how I stumbled across yours, but I have been following for a month or two now. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. You're voice is so honest, and I find the thoughts you share to be insightful and thought-provoking. Thank you and keep it coming!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

This posts is exactly what I was emailing you about the other day. We need to work on that link up! Thanks for the inspiration girlfriend.

Jen said...

Such an awesome post, thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration! :)

Steph at {Halfway} a Grown-Up said...

I love this, and I am totally on board. Just need to remind myself as we go that "being all the way strong" does not mean "having it all together and under control all of the time," which tends to be something I think.

Looking forward to this month's posts!

smartandsavvystyle said...

so true! strength runs far deeper than muscles. I love that you are dedicating a month to being all the way strong!
- Heather

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said...

I love this! I had a similar experience like the track meet. I have a friend who is a whole lot skinnier than me and we would work out together. Well one day we were running on the treadmill and I realized that I was going faster than she was and she looked like she was dying. It was the extra burst of confidence I needed. Yes on the outside, it looked like she worked out more because she was skinnier. But I was able to run faster and longer and I was so proud of myself for that.
Great post - sorry it took me all day to comment!

Samantha (at) Life Style Love said...

Great words girl, love this! Happy May! :)

Christine @ Mavy May said...

Love this post!! So inspiring. Just what I need to push myself to train harder for the up coming Tuff Mudder event. Thank you!


gayle t. said...

GREAT IDEA! Love this!!!

Gayle | Grace for Gayle

Christina said...

i love this!!!


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