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Not The Way I Imagined It

| written by Erin | 8 comments

When I chose Strong as my word, I imagined working on the fitness side of strong first. I imagined being motivated to conquer the ahem… fluffiness… that has been my constant companion since I hit the 40’s.

It hasn’t turned out quite that way.

The first few weeks of the year I felt like Bilbo from The Fellowship of the Rings when he said:

I feel all thin, sort of stretched…like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.

That’s not very strong.

And then I began looking at my One Word on my refrigerator door and quoting Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride.

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You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

I can’t quite seem to stay on track on the fitness side of strong I tried everything healthy from waking up early for running to taking supplements from different sites as https://legalsteroidshere.com/.

I have, however, done other strong things:

I adopted the motto “If your dream doesn’t make you want to throw up, it’s  just not big enough.”  I sold an article to a children’s magazine. I started teaching a Sunday School class with 15 High School girls. I’m pursuing my writing dream steadily with at least one goal each week. Each of these things simultaneously scare me and give me a “I was made for this!” feeling. And that is strong.

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The fitness side hasn’t been a total wash. I did sign up with a friend to walk a 5K in the spring. And I have been challenging my kiddos to Just Dance battles to get moving. I’ve had days when I got some of my water in and ate great, and days when the pull of chocolate ice cream was just too strong to overcome. I’m trying to stay pointed in the right direction, because eventually I’m going to get moving in the right direction.

I have to agree with Mr. Montoya’s line when I think of the word Strong:

You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

He’s right. It means much, much more.

How is your one word journey going? I’d love to know!

Erin Ulerich lives and writes in a small Mississippi town. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, getting lost in a book, playing with her children and jamming to ‘80’s music. She writes about fighting for hope at erinulerich.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Jill: I haven't personally selected a particular word but as I read your article about being strong, I'm reflecting on my own life thus far in 2016. The word strong seems to fit me as well and definitely has many different meanings! I have a desire to be physically strong. Mainly, so when I'm kneeling down playing with my 2 year old daughter and she leans on me I won't fall over. That's pretty embarrassing! Also, to keep up with my strong 6 year old son who packs a mean punch! On the other side of things, I'm learning to be strong during emotionally trying times by using God's strength rather than my own. That's a spiritual discipline that's hard to do! I can't say that I'm much stronger now compared to 2015 but it is only February! I'll keep at it so maybe by this time next year I'll at least feel stronger (and won't get pushed down by a toddler!). Reply

    Erin Ulerich: Jill, thank you for sharing your journey! I love the way you talked about leaning on God's strength instead of your own. That's a wholly different side of being strong, a side that takes the focus off of us and our abilities, and puts the focus on God and His strength. When I chose the word strong, I didn't expect to be surprised by all the different types of strength! I have a feeling I'll be surprised all year long! May God bless you in your journey! Reply

Lisa Bartelt: Thank you for sharing what your journey has been like. I've found that my word rarely behaves like I expect it to, and I'm always better for it. Carry on, sister. You are strong! Reply

    Erin Ulerich: Thanks, Lisa! This word keeps surprising me. So glad to know it's normal! I can't wait to see where it leads me! Reply

Kim Holcomb: My one word journey...would have to be freedom! To Reply

    Erin Ulerich: Kim, I love the word freedom! Keep on rocking, my friend! Reply

BrentDumler: I LOVE the Princess Bride reference! Similarly, my OneWord has been pretty dormant through most of Jan and Feb. It has, however, taken a breath of fresh air in the past two weeks. Great blog post. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. Reply

    Erin Ulerich: Brent, The Princess Bride is one of my favorites! So MANY quotable lines! I keep telling my kids it's the best movie ever! So glad your OneWord is gaining momentum. What's your word? Reply

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