Have you ever received inspiration even when you didn’t realize you needed it?
I didn’t go looking for inspiration on Saturday morning, but I got some.
|I didn't have any photos of the Y that I could use on the blog, but I'm showing some photos from my usual outside walking route.|
I was up early and out taking photographs for a special project we’re doing for the newspaper. I spent some time at the Altavista Area YMCA, the wonderful local Y in our town.
Larry and I belong to Y, but we haven’t been using our membership much lately. It’s one of those things that we pay for every month, but forget about using.
Or, rather, we don’t make it priority to use it.
Or, rather, we drive by after eating dinner out and tell each other, “You know, we really need to go to the Y.”
I got some photos of people doing what they do at the Y—lifting weights, taking a class, using the exercise machines.
I also had a couple of conversations with people about why they exercise.
Being around people working out reminds me of how good it feels when I work out.
Hearing about why others exercise reminds me that people have many reasons for moving their bodies in deliberate ways: to improve their health, to fight the effects of aging, to feel better.
In a recent post, I wrote about my need to lose weight. I’ve been making small steps in eating less, but I haven’t done much on the exercise front except doing the plantar fasciitis exercises.
On Saturday at the Y, I picked up the new class schedules for the fall. On Sunday, I sat down and made out a schedule for my exercise for this week. It includes using the Y.
And if I feel my motivation faltering? I’ll just go hang out with others who are working out and get inspired again.
What inspires you to keep working towards a goal?