Back to Basics: When You Have to Start from the Beginning

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Starting with the basics. It’s a common idea when you’re trying to learn how to do a new hobby or learn a new skill. But when you’ve been there before it’s hard to go back to the beginning. That’s been my biggest struggle with my weight loss.

Many of you may not know but I have been through the weight loss process before. I lost 70 pounds back in 2011-2012. It was through running I learned how to love exercise. It also taught me how hard work really does pay off. It wasn’t long before I was hooked. I did a number of 5Ks, a 10K and 2 half-marathons. Sadly, I stopped running and quickly fell back into my old habits.

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It’s a little embarrassing now writing about me starting over again. Why? Because I see it as a huge failure on my part. I stopped believing in myself. I stopped reaching for new goals. I felt like I had reached the finish line so I stopped. But life and exercise is not like that. Just like our spiritual walk with God, it is a DAILY battle.

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

Luke 9:23 is a reminder how God says we must take up our cross daily. We have to remind ourselves every day why we are here and what our purpose is. This is the same in exercising, relationships with others and our walk with Christ. Why did he say this? Because God knew we need to go back to the basics to keep ourselves on track.

Like in my workouts. In my mind I have run half marathons before. I should be able to walk out of my house and do it again. But because I have not strengthened my running muscles in so long I am starting over. It’s hard to humble yourselves back to the beginning. But when we go back to the basics that’s where we can renew our strength for what’s to come.

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Whether you’re starting over in your spiritual walk or your physical exercise journey, know going back to the basics does not mean you’re a failure. It just means you’re renewing your strength. Slowly growing into that person you once were. Take the time to refine what you may have overlooked before. Train smart. Progress is progress.

What part of your life are you starting over? Exercise? Spiritual walk? What have been the hardest struggles so far?

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