Believe it or not, training consistently in the gym (or outdoors during warm weather periods) brings me happiness. Feeling strong and fit brings out the very best in me.
I was in the nail salon last Saturday, reading Viola Davis’ interview in the October 2013 issue of Essence magazine (she’s on the cover). The interviewer asked Viola if she considered herself pretty; I quoted part of her answer above.
“I understand that I have the power to make myself happy and save myself.”
I’ve been consistent with my weekly kickboxing sessions and Saturday boot camp classes, but I need to be doing more as far as training. (My hips are spreading.) So, beginning this Thursday, I’m on early morning sessions with one of my former trainers – early as in being at the gym at 5:30am. I hate getting up early when it’s cold. But for happiness and power – power over my health, power over stubborn body fat, for discipline – and to look stunning and trim in my clothes, I’ll do it. (Lawd help me.)
What makes you feel happy and powerful? What do you need to do to feel more of that? Are you willing to do what it takes?