two women planking at the seashore

Every rep makes you stronger. -Mindy Hayes

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This past month I jumped into a pushup challenge. I am not sure why. I am a “schlogger” (shuffler + jogger). My upper body strength is pretty pathetic but I want to be stronger. The increased irony was that day 1 started at a higher level of pushups than I can do but I said I was in anyway. I modified day one. My friend Mindy is an avid exerciser and marvelous encourager. Each day she would hold all of us accountable. I did my best at attempting. One of the days I checked in to the accountability with, “Done! Not pretty or consecutive, but done.” My friend said something that made me feel better, but the more I thought about it, it started to empower me in pushup land but also other areas. She said, “every rep makes you stronger.”  She was right. I was getting stronger. I was able to do day 1 amount now before I split up the reps.

Sometimes, something so simple sends you down a new path you did not expect. That statement freed me to do the best I could with the pushups but also to take a look at other things in life. I am first born and tend to want to be successful and do things very well, but I am also a procrastinator and excuser. I either set the goals too high for myself and then give up or put off until I can do whatever it is to the level I think I should do it, which means it does not happen. For example, I need to clean my kitchen. In my mind it is emptying all cupboards, cleaning all surfaces, and frig, etc… I do not have time, so I do not do it, which leads to stress and frustration for me in my kitchen. Insert any number of scenarios into this and you have my life. But this new thought, “every rep makes me stronger” gives me freedom to do a smaller piece and feel accomplished.

This blog is another one of those things I have put off because I want it to look a certain way and I am not sure how to do it. My boys have been encouraging me, along with some friends for many years to jump in but I could not get past that hurdle I set up. So I am practicing this “every rep makes me stronger” mentality. I am remembering every part is important and gets me where I want to go and who I want to be.  I am thankful for this freedom through something as simple as saying yes to a pushup challenge. This month is a plank challenge; I said yes and was surprised how the first few days were easier because of last month’s reps. I am not going to stress about how long the plank time gets. I am going to do my best and trust that I am getting stronger.  And this blog will be my attempt at practicing this perspective in other areas too.

7 thoughts on “Reps

  1. Reblogged this on Inkblot Life and commented:

    Throwback Thursday… sometimes I get an idea down and move on. I am realizing how often I need to be reminded of different thoughts. As I am usually late to the party, I am jumping on the old idea of throwback Thursday to revisit some of those ideas.


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