One of my workouts last week I noticed something. It wasn’t anything novel and many people have experienced it. Basically, I wasn’t having any fun working out. Let’s be honest some physical activity just isn’t fun. Usually it’s something we’re not good at. I was in the midst of an 18 second forward plank. I know, I know, kind of simple and only 18 seconds long. That’s what struck me as I held the pose and counted. Only 18 seconds and I am having this kind of reaction. Briefly, I wished I was anywhere else but there doing that plank. However, I stuck it out and actually did another one. My workout called for two (again two 18 second planks, pretty easy). My workouts are going to get progressively harder and I am going to need to build that mental toughness to do them and do them right. So I should be able to get through two 18 second planks and I did.
So fast forward to tonight where I was doing another power workout and another set of forward planks. Tonight, however, they are for 24 seconds. And as I was doing the second one I noticed how much easier it was in comparison to last week. And by a lot. While not earth shattering fun there was a satisfaction in that feeling. In the grand scheme of things adding 6 seconds isn’t a lot but…small wins just the type of things I want to notice more, and not just with physical fitness. Small wins that denote that I am putting in the work and getting stronger. Those small wins add up.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.“
2 Timothy 3:16-17