I wish I could ______, but it is so hard!
I wish I could lose this extra weight, but it is so hard. I wish I could be healthy enough to stop taking blood pressure medication, but it is so hard. I wish I could run a mile, but it is so hard. I wish I could still fit in those jeans, but it is so hard. I wish I could feel good again like I did when I played sports, but it is so hard. I wish I could look good in a bathing suit again, but it is so hard.
If I had to guess something about you, I would guess you have done many hard things throughout your life. I’m pretty sure early on you learned to walk. I’m pretty sure you then began to run. If you have ever watched a baby or toddler work on those skills, it takes a lot of accumulated effort and trying over and over again. I’m also pretty sure you learned to read. After many long years of school you graduated. These aren’t easy accomplishments, I would say they are hard.
I would also guess some other things about you. I would say you have done unique things in your life that were very hard. You may have achieved something that took everything you had. You may have survived something that everyone said you shouldn’t have survived. You may have recovered from something that was very hard to recover from, harder than people can possibly know, but you did. I would also say that life is hard.
I would say living with Type 2 Diabetes is hard, but it is also reversible. I would say carrying around 20 extra pounds, 50 extra pounds, 100 or more extra pounds everyday, on every step is hard. I would say feeling bad about yourself is hard. Wishing everyday that I could change something, but not making the effort to change is hard. These are the hard things you don’t have to do.
But, doing the hard things that bring change. Doing the hard things that other people don’t do. Doing the hard things that scare us. Doing the hard things that we aren’t sure if we can do. Doing the hard things make us better. They make us believe in ourselves. They give us confidence. They make us resilient. They give us satisfaction. Doing the hard things make us dream again, make us hope again, and they make us live again. Conquering the hard things make us happy.
Is CrossFit hard? I’m not gonna lie, it is hard. Do hard things bring results and changes? Absolutely! It is just a fact of life, good results come from hard work. If I do CrossFit 3-5 days a week consistently will I lose the weight? Will I be able to run? Will I be able to look good again? Will I be able to feel good again? Yes, over time you will. Yes, if you work at it. Yes, if you make it important in your life. Yes, if you just show up, you will succeed just like you have before. Because if I had to make a guess about you, I would say you have done hard things before, and that’s how I know you can do CrossFit.