You see, I started anew this week on a quest for improved fitness. You may have heard of the P90X home training system or seen one of their super-persuasive infomercials. Trust me, it’s the real deal if you have the right sadistic serious attitude to take on some varied, but quite intense, workouts.
I know it’s the real deal not from my three days of agony training thus far, but because I actually bought and used this system over a year ago when Engaged Marriage was but a twinkle in my eye. I used it for about 10 weeks to build my base fitness level before training to ride my first Century (100 miles) bike ride on my 30th birthday last July.
I was truly in the best shape of my life. Alas, as I approach my 31st birthday and the birth of our third child this July, I sit here in probably the worst shape of my life. Completely damn annoying Funny how that happens.
As I look back at the last year, I can see how I basically got burned out after the big culminating event with the Century and just never returned to my active habits. I actually turned my attention to a new hobby obsession at that point…and you’re reading it right now!
That’s right, I started Engaged Marriage at the end of August 2009 right after we returned from a vacation. And unless you were one of the 10 people who were hanging out here in those early days, I doubt you’ve ever read a series I wrote called Get Fit and Have a Healthy Marriage.
Even though my writing’s changed a bit since then, and the formatting of the posts is a bit strange, I actually enjoyed reading the series again recently and ended up motivating myself to get my fat pleasantly plump butt back in gear! Here are the links if you’d like to check them out:
Have you ever been motivated by the stark realization that you aren’t practicing what you preach?
Well, that was my initial spark when I thought back to all I was doing in preparation for my 30th birthday, looked at the Facebook pictures of my exhaustion joy at the end of my Century ride, and then rediscovered those posts where I was telling the world why they should remain fit.
However, I’ve since realized that my motivation runs deeper. Here a few of the thoughts that have weighed (literally and figuratively) on me lately and pushed me back to a healthier lifestyle:
So I have a lot to think about each morning at 6 a.m. as I head downstairs to kick my own ass. And even more to pray in thanksgiving about when I lay down next to my beautiful wife each evening.
And it makes me smile with every painful step as my body reminds me that I’ve been complacent for too long…
So, what are some of your best sources of motivation?
Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.