Fitness Fridays

What is fitness?  Of course, when I think of fitness, I picture ripped abs, rock solid thighs, and firm buttocks…but I also think of bright eyes, a happy heart, wholeness, and ENERGY!  All things I cannot honestly say I have worked to preserve in my life.  Until now.

Today I am grateful for the little progress I have made to reclaim wholeness and health in my life.  I am not even close to being as healthy as I want to be, but each day I am taking a small step, and each day I see small victories.

What is fitness to me?  I like this definition:  The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.

I get discouraged that I have not met ALL my fitness goals…but I can only do so much every day!  When you neglect your body, your heart, your mind, for years on end, you cannot expect to jump right back into the mega person you once were in your heyday (yeah, that’s an old word…but I’m feeling old).

I don’t need to beat myself up for the neglect of the past and that I may NEVER be as fit physically, emotionally or mentally as I once was.  I just need to be fit enough to fulfill the roles and tasks that are before me at THIS stage of my life.

I’m a dreamer.  I think big.  I dream big.  And I work hard.

But if all my energy is spent on something for tomorrow, way beyond me, far in the future, I may burn up what is needed to make me suitable for accomplishing today’s goals.  And I am not even guaranteed tomorrow!

I still dream.  But I have to remind myself that it is okay to be just enough for today.  I set the bar for today, and I try to live up to that.  And tomorrow, the bar will be a little higher.  One day, I will look down and see all those bars turned into ladder, and I will stand on top of it, my life intact – spirit, soul and body – my relationships intact, my dreams intact, and with enough energy left for the next day, if I am blessed to have one more.  To me, that is fitness.

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