Countdown to FREEDOM

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Small Beginnings

I am inspired by Zechariah 4:10 which states:

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.

The commentary in the Life Application Bible says:

Many of the older Jews were disheartened when they realized this new Temple would not match the size and splendor of the previous Temple built during King Solomon’s reign.  But bigger and more beautiful is not always better.  What you do for God may seem small and insignificant at the time, but God rejoices in what is right, not necessarily in what is big.  Be faithful in the small opportunities. Begin where you are and do what you can, and leave the results to God.
  

My first apartment was one room in the basement of a building in a questionable Boston neighborhood.  Today I live in a modest home in a neighborhood where people feel comfortable walking their dogs and jogging at 5:00 am.

My first car was a blue Chevy Chevette
 









This is what I drive now












When I first started working out I looked like this:




I took this picture last weekend:



Here is the progress of my fitness studio




And one day in the not-so-distant future, this space will not be able to hold the client demand and I’ll be moving into a larger facility.


I have had to learn how to shed the need for instant gratification.  Everyone has to start somewhere and I’m at the point where I don’t mind starting small.  At least I’m starting.  There is no such thing as overnight success.  They say that good things come to those that wait.  I say, good things come to those who work their butts off while they wait. 

This has not always been my dream.  For years I have been uncomfortable in my employment.  I wanted to do something that meant something.  I wanted to wake up every day and do something that I enjoyed.  Last year when I was training for the show I loved every minute of it.  I loved waking up at ridiculous hours and driving across town to meet with a trainer and allowing him to torture me, for lack of a better word.  Because I knew that during that one hour I was doing something that would change me for the better.  My trainer changed my life and he will never know exactly how much.  I want to do that for people.  To be able to help someone live a healthier life is my goal.


I have been prayerful in this journey.  It’s not something that I’m doing on a whim.  I asked God for guidance and direction and he has answered my prayer.  I’m not fearful and I have no trepidation regarding this next chapter of my life.  I do not despise my small beginnings.  I’m going to do the work and leave the results to God.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Make a Choice


It was a really good weekend.  I had a good workout.  My mother came and hung out with BGR on Saturday morning.  Church service was phenomenal. Then on Sunday I started to get that feeling that I always get on Sunday because I’m thinking about Monday.  I’m thinking I don’t want to go to the office tomorrow.  No more corporate BS!  No more fluorescent lights!  No more paper pushing!  Ugh!  It’s gotten worse since I received my trainer’s certification.  I just want to speed up the clock and get to training already.  Fitness is my passion not whatever it is I’m doing now and have been doing for 30+ years.
I caught myself thinking “if only I could train full-time now …” then I stopped that thought dead in its tracks.  Because seriously, what’s the rest of that sentence?  What?  If I could train full-time now, I’d be happy?  If I could train full-time now I wouldn’t dread Mondays?  If I could train full-time now all my problems would magically go away?  I cannot and will not get caught up in that kind of thinking.  My present circumstances do not determine my level of happiness.  My happiness is not determined by any outside source.  My level of happiness or actually my joy is a choice that I have to make every day regardless of what else is going on around me. 

I know that when I do begin training full-time I may still hate Mondays.  I will probably have some very challenging clients that I wish would just go away.  I’ll have the headache of being a business owner (except I won’t view it as a headache!).  My point is, a change in my employment situation is not going to change my disposition.  I’ve done enough job-hopping to know that for a fact.  Because I changed my disposition years ago, I am able to see that I could make a change in my employment situation.  See what I did there?
The only thing that is going to change when my circumstances change is my circumstances.   I can recall many times when I thought that once I had some money in the bank all my problems would go away.  Not so.  Or if I ended a bad relationship I would never feel sadness again.  Not so.  Unless we make a purposeful decision to be happy, we never will be.  You can be the same miserable mess whether you’re living in a mansion or in a shack by the tracks.  It doesn’t matter.  Don’t rely so much on your circumstances or the people around you for your happiness.  Look within and make a decision to be happy.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blessings upon Blessings

Deuteronomy 28:2 says this:  "All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God
 
Ever feel overtaken by blessings?
 
 
 


I was notified over the weekend that I passed the Certified Fitness Trainer exam.