Failure is NOT an Option!!
In all walks of life failure shouldn’t be an option. But when I’m talking about failure in my case I am generally referring to my fitness and training. I am going through the process of joining up to the army hopefully but in order to be able to do this I have to be on the top of my fitness, now this has been no easy task for me seeing as I would much prefer to just take a seat somewhere and do something; anything that doesn’t involve exercise. But, when I decided that I would like to join the army this meant needing to choose to get up from that easy lifestyle of scraping by to keep skinny and actually get fit to go with that skinny.
It has meant me needing to do 1.5 mile runs in a time of under 14 minutes preferably under 12 minutes, now for me this is no easy challenge at all I have never been a distance runner at all; now you might say don’t be silly you can’t call that any distance, but when I am used to doing sprints meaning short distances it is in fact more difficult than you would think. Tonight I was ready to give up, this would have meant failing to get into the army due to my own lack of self discipline and confidence, so when I failed in doing it in even under 20 minutes I no longer saw the point in carrying on; but when I sat for a few minutes and remembered why I was insanely wanted to get into the army I went back out and I tried again this time getting an approximate time of 13 minutes. Now, that isn’t quite the under 12 minutes I want to be getting with every run that I do but it proved to me that if I keep of hold solidly as to why I am putting myself through the pain of these runs then I can blooming well do it easily in fact. Failure is NOT an Option!!
Now, the runs aren’t the only area that its meant working on I have also been doing a lot of strength work; which has meant weights and lots of different core exercises. Even here I had to start off quite slowly barely being able to lift much at all, now on the dumbbells I can lift 14 kg on the single ones, 25 kg on the bigger ones and on the machines for my arms I can pull 82.5 kg and push 50 kg; so this is a big difference from what I was originally able to do and on legs weights I can push 112.5kg. Again this has been no easy ride, slightly easier than the running; but I have had to put in a lot of hours and a lot of commitment, in some cases to not even being able to move much the following day or following couple of days. Core exercises have mainly been quite a wide range of different things; I won’t name them all but the main ones that have been essential are sit ups and press ups. Now, the sit ups well they have been a doddle, but well the press ups have been evil, I have really struggled with press ups and they had been the disappointment of many a work out session, but with much patiences and a lot of self discipline I am now becoming more and more able to do them with the numbers of them I can successfully do increasing each time by at least 3 I am now up to being able to do 17 press ups. Doing all my core exercises has even started having a visible affect in the form of loosing weight, toning up and getting to the point I am now slowly gaining a noticeable six pack 🙂 Failure is NOT an Option!!
But moving on from the army aspect of Failure NOT being an Option!! There are also other areas in which it also hasn’t been an option. The Spiritual Aspect of my life has been quite a battle of mine over the last couple of months if not a year, I had been allowing myself to hold onto bad things that had happened in my life; which in turn were having ties on what I could achieve physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Now with the help of some very good friends of mine have been able to put all of those being behind me and on the 29th of June I shall finally be getting baptised, I have waited for this for so long; I have been a Christian for 3 years and have wanted to get baptised for a long time, but every time an opportunity came up God was saying to me not this time Amy, not this time. But, now has come the time that he has said. “Now Amy you are ready to go through the process of being baptised”, the excitement of this is insane and to make it even better its my birthday 2 days before which means when I turn 19 my new life starts and it starts with my family and friends there with me. If this in itself doesn’t prove Failure is NOT an Option!! Then not much else can. God is an amazing person and he helps us finish everything to the best that we can at the right time for us!!
So, in case you hadn’t figured Failure is NOT an Option!! It hasn’t been one for me, so don’t let it be one for you either. You can be successful in every aspect of your life if you only keep plodding on through the easy times and the tough time because it will be then that you see the fruits of all your hard work and perseverance!!