I know it might be too late to wish you a happy new month because obviously the first few days of the month has passed. So in that case, I would just stick to wishing you happy February. It’s no news to everyone around that the first few days of 2016 has gradually gone by, it would be extremely weird if you wish me a happy new year now because abeg the year is no longer new. The minutes have rolled into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, and the weeks are gradually becoming months.
Remember the goals we talked about at the beginning of the year? The things you want to start doing and others that you want to stop doing. I know right, those routines are becoming cumbersome and you are starting to slack and maybe you are about to give up. Wake up! Yea, seriously I mean it, wake up!
OK, before I proceed and you think I am a saint that is faithfully crossing my t’s and dotting my I’s I would like to humbly announce to you that I have also failed. I am not saying this so we can be partners – in – crime, but so we can tighten our belts and do the right thing.
I wrote on the tablet of my mind to find time in my busy schedule to regularly go to the gym and burn some calories and believe me the days of my workout sessions has been rough. The 400 calorie cookies keeps smiling at me from across the room where my roommates stacks it and honestly, it seems almost impossible not to give in to the cravings most times. I have made few trips to the gym the past few weeks, but then the zeal is beginning to drastically die down.
I have spent the last few days thinking of what went wrong, I mean it’s not even the end of the first quarter yet and I had to stop myself in the middle of my thoughts because I realized I was starting to make excuses for every single thing I have failed to do or that I won’t stop doing. Instead of taking a break which might end up achieving nothing I took a step backward and asked myself an honest question that leads to me asking myself a ton of other questions. Why did I start the whole thing?
Why did I want to stop the things I wanted to stop? Why do I want to start the things I have decided to start doing in the year 2016? These ‘why’s’ reminds me of how badly I want to reach the finish line as not just a runner, but one who won and overcame every challenges.
Personally, it’s not necessarily about losing weight, but about being fit enough to run a flight of stairs and not being out of breath. The WHY I made up my mind to run some miles on the treadmill comes flashing my mind and then the reasons I started the whole journey has kept me motivated.
I know the finish line (for some of us it’s the summer and the rest of us maybe December) looks so far away that even the binoculars of our mind find it difficult to focus on it’s perspective. Remember, we have a Father who cares and has promised to be with us all through the journey no matter how tough it gets. So wake up! And remember why you started!
Hebrews 13: 5b – 6a (KJV)
“…For He hath said. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.