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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.