Recently, I subscribed to Daily Burn, the online work-out website. It took me a while to get going – it’s been a long time since I’ve followed a regular intensive routine.
Truthfully, I was scared. Though I used to go to the gym 4-5 times a week, my work-outs stopped after my aortic valve surgery in 2008. I recovered quickly from my surgery, but was left with internal scar tissue, which would eventually constrict my left artery. Working out triggered symptoms including breathlessness and a strange ache in my teeth. Over the next two years I would have two stents implanted, to correct the problem.
But even with the corrective stents, I felt wary of strenuous exercise. Sensitive to the possibility of yet another go-around with the scar tissue. So, I’ve been cruising beneath the radar, careful not to raise my heart-rate too high. Doing just enough yoga, just enough walking, to keep myself believing I was doing enough.
Then came Daily Burn. I couldn’t resist the commercials. The free 30-Day Trial. The affordability. (Much cheaper than my old gym.) What’s to lose? I thought. It’s time. And I signed up.
It sat for almost a month. (Or, rather, I sat for almost a month…)
Then, finally, a day before the end of the trial period, I tried it. I was in gun-ho-get-it-back-mode, eager to prove that I was still in pretty good shape. So, of course, I did too much, too fast. I had to quit before the workout ended. And, for days afterwards I hobbled around on embarrassingly sore legs, telling myself: “I’m so out of shape, I’ll never get it back!”
By the time my legs felt better, the trial period was over, and the monthly payments had begun. With nothing to lose, I tried again.
This time, however, I took baby steps. I went for the super-beginner workout. I watched workout videos before trying them. I took breaks when I needed to.
And it worked.
And slowly, but quicker than I thought, I have progressed to harder and harder workouts. My heart feels healthy and strong. My body is energized. I feel great.
Baby steps. Just signing up was a step. Each step I took got me closer and closer to where I wanted to be. What felt hard in the beginning, now feels easy. What felt impossible, feels full of possibility.
Just as muscles need slow, steady work to grow stronger, so do our dreams and intentions.
So often, during an EFT Tapping session with a client, I hear that she’s dissatisfied with her current situation, and longs to have her dreams fulfilled, NOW. Though visualizing a dream is certainly crucial, when we continually grasp for the place we want to be, we’re missing the power of now. Without that, we get nowhere.
It’s in each moment that we can take a step towards our dream. It’s great to have an idea of where we’re going, but it’s our steps that show us exactly where to go. It’s those baby steps of experience that allow us to choose our next step, each step of the way.
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