The inspiration for this two-part post began innocently enough. In fact, it was born, as most of my ideas, while I was on the treadmill. Somehow as soon as the belt begins to turn, and my legs, willingly or not, begin to walk, and then run, ideas begin to pop into my head like champagne corks on New Year’s Eve.
As I broke into my run today I glanced down at the towel I had brought with me, Haba na Haba (Little by Little Fills the Cup). I realized I had not brought this towel to the gym for several months. Yet, this was the very towel I had brought religiously to the gym at the beginning of my journey to lose weight and get in shape.
Remember, not so long ago, when I weighed 23 lbs more than I do now? I do. Haba na Haba (Little by Little) was the mantra that got me through those first difficult months when every step, from merely getting to the gym, to staying on the treadmill for more than 10 minutes, to believing I could actually do it, was like climbing Mt. Everest. Little by Little was the way I got through each workout — each small step, no matter how small, added to the one before it and the one before that, and the one before that until it eventually filled the entire cup!
As my workout needs evolved, so did my towel choice. Somedays I bring “Pain is Just Weakness Leaving the Body” and others “Strive for the Summit”. It just depends on what I need to motivate me that day.
Now, as I near the one year mark, I feel fantastic. I workout regularly. I eat good foods in healthy proportions. I am entering the 4th week of the 100 push up challenge (when I began I couldn’t do even 1 modified push up). I am happy with myself and my progress.
I needed to take a look back to see how far I’ve come. I now need a new towel to inspire my new story. I think I know exactly what I need…