First of all, I would like to point out that, yes indeed, I have changed the name of this blog. It is called Passion Under Grace because I am passionate about many things, and right or wrong, I am covered by God's grace. You can feel free to agree with me or disagree, but either way, I know I am forgiven.
One thing I am passionate about is exercise. Since becoming an adult, running has been my way of still being able to eat ice cream and not feel guilty abut it. But it became more than that. The old competitive spirit I nurtured as a kid resurfaced. I wasn't just running, I was trying to be better than I was yesterday. I set a lifetime goal of running a half-marathon and crossed it off my list in 2010. Not willing to dedicate the time needed to train for a full marathon, I am stuck wondering what to do next.
While in this limbo, I am not stopping. Blindly, I use that old Nike creed, "Just Do It." I have no other reason. But neither do I have a reason to stop. Unless I have a good reason not to, I get out for a work out on my designated days. The list of reasons "not to" is pretty short. Today's temperature was 18ºF, with a wind chill in single digits. And I have no car today. So, I ran to the gym and rode a bike while I was there. I am glad I did. I feel awful when I give up on myself.
So how about you? Looking for motivation? Many times, I just don't want to go out. I don't really love running. And sometimes, I am just too comfortable to get up. But I do it anyway. And here's how I do it when I don't feel like it, in case you need to borrow any of these reasons.
That is how I stay motivated to work out. I just don't allow myself much wiggle room. I'm not a pro athlete; this isn't my job. So I have to do it for some other reason. If I keep at it, maybe I won't need a reason at all. How about you? What gets you up and out?
Passion Under Grace,