I Unexpectedly Found Clarity, Direction & Purpose

Are there ever times when a workout helps to clear your head, or brings you clarity, or gives you the confidence you’ve been looking for? Does a workout sometimes give you a renewed sense of direction or purpose in your life?

I had two of those last night.
I went to the gym and lifted shoulders (one of my favorite things to lift) and hit a few a la cart areas as well. A lot of my favorite areas in the gym were full of people and I hate waiting around, so I lifted what I could. A little abs, a little triceps, a little legs…it was a good gym day. That was the first workout that helped to give me the feelings listed above.

Then I got home and took Bo for a walk.
He smelled things, he smiled back at me a few times to let me know he loved our walk, he stalked some ducks, and we generally had a very fulfilling walk. I’m not the kind of person to refer to a walk as fulfilling, so this means it was fairly epic for me.2015-05-18 19.45.46Both of my workouts tonight made me feel whole, complete. They reminded me of the important things in my life. They reminded me that I am strong and capable of anything.
My time in the gym reminded me that I should look back at my lifting log to remind myself what I was leg pressing last week so I didn’t lift 15 pounds more…even though I crushed it with the huge weight jump. Seriously though, I should take those chances, and step back if they are too much for me.
My walk reminded me that I should stop to watch the ducks, smell the flowers, watch the sunset. I am always on the go and rarely relax other than watching television. I need to stop and relax and remember to enjoy my life instead of breeze through it.

And, I already know that I should take Bo out on walks more to get him out of the house and yard. I’m going to work him up to a 5k running distance again so I can take him running this summer with me.
Plus this gives me more opportunities for my favorite Bo selfies and I can’t pass all of that up!2015-05-18 20.04.16
What have your workouts shown you, taught you or helped you realize?


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