I lost a weight loss challenge today. And by lost, I mean came in dead last. (It was a coaches’ challenge, so I saw all the numbers.)
I earned that last place too. I gained 6 pounds in 8 weeks. No, it wasn’t 6 pounds of muscle! In the last few weeks, I’ve gone back to the binge eating habit that I thought I broke more than 2 years ago. The scale is reflecting that.
So I went to the gym today feeling fat. I didn’t go to lose the weight. That needs to happen in the kitchen. I went to reconnect with my favorite way of coping with stress – lifting heavy things. I went to reestablish my healthy habits and routines.
While I was there, one of the other regulars came up to me and told me I inspire him. I come into the gym looking great (his words!) and work out hard.
As you might imagine, NOT what I was expecting to hear today!
The experience reminded me of Laurel Mellin’s work on creating joy in your life. She wrote about the “essential pain” that comes with facing reality. And about the “earned reward” that always goes with it.
Essential pain – I’m not perfect.
Earned reward – I don’t have to be.
I don’t have to be perfect to inspire. I don’t have to be perfect to be loved. I don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
Neither do you.
Keep chasing your goals. You never know who’s watching. You never know who you will inspire.
Question: What keeps you going when you’re struggling? Have you ever been surprised to find out someone was watching and learning from you?