~ be thankful for what you have and where you are and believe that you are there for a reason
- OR -~ you can be bitter and mad that you don't have this or didn't get that (..or didn't win a contest to work out with Dana Linn Bailey!)
It's a choice.
I've said it a million times.
So I choose.
Granted, at times I have to remind myself more than others - but for the most part, I CHOOSE to be happy about where I am and respect how I got here and the plan that God has laid out for me.
No one has even ASKED me what the big exciting news is that I referred to a week ago.
Not. One. Single. Person.
You don't have to be excited
Because I'm excited enough for me AND you AND for anyone AND everyone else who might stumble upon this blog....
Weeks ago, I applied to win a workout session with Dana Linn Bailey. (yes - you ALL know that.) Over 600 people entered and obviously I did not win. I wasn't upset, that's quite a few people vying for her time. And not to mention there are LOTS of people out there in much better shape than me and stronger than me.
But it's ok
I didn't let it get me down.
I am, afterall, new to the sport - and REALLY new at being serious about this being what I want to do with any and ALL of my free time!
I'm especially new to the commitment it takes to lift and be good at it. Not just going through the motions. Because trust me - I have done plenty of "going through the motions"... not just in weight lifting - but in LIFE in general!
So I'm new to the sport AND the magnitude of the commitment that it takes to be GOOD at this sport!!
But my drive and desire and commitment grow every single day.
It's funny to me to look back at myself.... when I started working out again with B-rad. We hadn't even talked in some time... and just picked right up where we left off.... the best of friends ;-) And he coached me right back into the gym. Where I showed up when I had to... mostly for fear of letting him down or the guilty feeling I would be filled with when I didn't go. And upon arrival - I would go through the motions... doing what I "had to do" to get through the work out. Then I would go home and not think a thing about it again.
Then there was his birthday in December.
Where he convinced me that it would be a nice gesture (and FUN??) for me to compete with them at a meet. HA! But for fear of letting him down I conceded to go.
And then I got bit
By the iron bug....
And it's been chewing ever since!!!!
And also - my "I'm one of the boys and I can do what they do" competitive INSIDE took over!!!
Now - I read. I watch videos. I DESIRE (on my own, mind you) to be better and lift more and look better and LIFT MORE and be healthier.... and, well.... LIFT MORE....
I have new goals... and new people I look up to.
One of which IS Dana Linn - but recently - another girl has come along beside her.
Another tiny but ripped little girl that lifts MASSIVE weights!!!
And it is just proof again - that anything is possible.
It just takes the discipline and training and commitment.
So - AGAIN - I have gotten sidetracked....
The big news......
Remember that contest I DIDN'T win???
Well - since I didn't win - I was able to watch and focus on the power lifting meet at the Arnold. And I met (as I have already told you) Brandon Lilly AND Caitlyn Trout.
Brandon Lilly is the author of "The Cube Method" which is the training program we are currently running.
After the Arnold, I spoke several times via Facebook and twitter, to Brandon Lilly. He is SUCH a super nice guy and has been very helpful with any questions we have had about our workout. And through our chatting I told him we would love to work out with him and his crew. So he invited us in!!!!
There it is!!
The big news!!!!
And hopefully Caitlyn will be there too.
I won't know how to act with another female in the building!!!!
So I don't get to work out with Dana, but I instead get to work out with one of the strongest men out there!!! AND the author of our current training program. And when we go, we are doing a "mock meet" for them so they can coach and advise on all aspects of our training
I feel so lucky
I feel like things worked out just as they should
I am once again thankful for where I am and the opportunities that present themselves and ALL of the people who have come into my life in one way or another. Rather than being disappointed at one missed opportunity - I will look at this as the path to a doorway opened into a WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!
I Can't Wait!!!
A special thank you to Brandon Lilly for inviting us to his realm. It means the world to me. And I KNOW it means sooooo much to all the guys I work out with.
It amazes me every day how things work out!
And I am THANKFUL!