Those of you who know me, including those of you who are following my blog know that I am a goal setter. You also know I love inspirational quotes. I ran across one the other day, and added to it to make it speak directly to my heart. It says....
"Good things don't come to those who wait. They come to those that show up, work their asses off, and never give up."
As you know, I took up barrel racing this summer. I set some goals related to that. I have definitely been showing up to the NBHA District 02 Wyoming races. We still aren't the fastest pair in the pen, but we clock a little bit faster times each race. Cam and I work four or five days a week in between races. We have a good coach who makes us work, and gives me ideas on what we can do differently to become faster competitors. She will not listen to "I don't won't to," or "I can't" for an answer. (As you know, I am not an "I can't" person either!) The words, "Now you are going to do it again, but this time you are going to..." haunt my dreams. Not only are Cam and I working in the practice arena, I am working in the gym as well.
It became painfully obvious when my jeans were getting a bit snug, and I didn't have the core strength that I used to have, that I needed to do SOMETHING! I started working out in the school weight room. That was fine, until summer came and some moving and restructuring of classrooms occurred. The weight room was packed up, and I had no where to go. Next step, join a gym. Planet Fitness opened in Laramie, and I went to check it out. It looked like a good option, so I joined.
Now, in addition to riding four or five times a week, I go to Planet Fitness as many times as well. My mornings consist of getting up and riding while it is cool, changing into work out clothes, and hitting the gym for an hour or so. We work on the weight machines, and then the treadmill. I surprise myself each week when I am able to add a bit more weight!
This picture cracked me up, for a couple of reasons....my expression say, "How heavy is this?" In reality, I was laughing. Secondly, I have two colors in the summer. One is lobster, which I avoid at all costs, and the other is my normal porcelain skin tone. My little chicken legs are rocking the porcelain!
Whew! Success at last, chicken legs and all!
Although I haven't lost any weight according to the scale, my jeans are loose enough now that I need to hitch them up if I am not wearing a belt. It is much easier to toss my saddle on my taller than me horse, too.
So here we are, one step farther down the road on my journey to a goal. I hope you have started traveling a journey of your own. I would love to hear more about it, and encourage you on your way!
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.