Some of us rise to them. Others shy away from them.
The challenge. The shall-onje. A battle of wits. A binary duel between the forces of good and evil, out of which rise a glorious winner and a defeated loser. Many a good game, fight or epic battle has started with a simple challenge.
You say I cannot. While I assure you I can. Challenge accepted.
Google defines the word challenge like this:
chal·lenge / CHalinj/
|Synonyms:||noun. dare – defiance – provocation
verb. defy – dare
Are all challenges contentious? Do they have to entail defiance or provocation? That sounds so harsh. So ugly. Maybe not, but I could use some tough talk around here.
While words like “duel” and “epic battle” may seen a bit hyperbolic when discussing exercise, for me right now, this is exactly what it feels like. My exercise of late can best be described as a “fits and starts” strategy. Exercise consistently for a few weeks, then fall off a cliff for a week. Back on for a few days, back to aforementioned cliff.
I’ve had enough. I need a good old fashioned challenge.
For fewer “fits and starts” and more “glorious winning” I am going to complete the New Rules of Lifting for Woman seven-stage exercise program. The program can take as long as 6 months to complete, but has many interim completion milestones. The philosophy in this book very much matches my own, and what I did to lose the weight I’ve lost so far. It also matches up pretty well for what I am learning for my NASM certification so it won’t interfere at all with that work. It just represents a convenient packaging of the kind of thing that I’ve been successful doing already.
I admit that while the work is completely within my abilities, it intimidates me. I have struggled with the notion of goal setting, because for me, it doesn’t necessarily drive me. I know my tendency towards perfection and not thinking in terms of small steps and getting started. I don’t think that completing this challenge will turn me into an “exercise everyday and love it forever” person, I think I will always have to gear myself up for it. (Please tell me I’m not alone in that.) But I do think that completing something will be just what I need: a certificate for my wall and bragging rights.
While this challenge may whisper in my ear, “I dare you to complete me” I will respond in defiance and say, “watch me.”