That’s a lot of pressure, huh?  I read your posts (yes all four of you) and I will say, I am inspired by all of you.  I love reading your blogs and I have to admit that I spend far too much time reading them when I should be working.  🙂

 

But this idea of inspiration has stuck in my head the last 24 hours and it has made me wonder, what inspires you?  What brings on that feeling that wells up inside of you and makes you believe that you can be more than you thought you could ever be?   Is it a song, or a painting?  Are you inspired by another blogger?  Does your inspiration come from some fleeting thing that you happen across during your busy day? Tell me. I want to know.  And whether you want to know or not, I’ll tell you what inspires me with regard to fitness and weight loss.

 

My inspiration comes from …

 

~Other bloggers of course – I could name you all one by one, but that would take a lot of time and a lot of linking, so I’ll just refer you to my bloglist on the right. 

 

~Athletes, specifically women athletes.  Women who train for something and have the muscles and mental fortitude to conquer their sport.  Tennis players, volleyball players, dancers, runners – they all inspire me to use my body for more than just holding down the couch.  I would love to have a well toned, slightly muscular body that could kick some serious triathlon tail!!

 

~My kids.  I want to be an example for them to follow, not an example of what they shouldn’t do. 

 

~And finally, I get a lot of inspiration from God. God gave me this body and I want it to perform at the best of its ability. He gave me the ability to move and be active, so I want to honor Him by challenging my muscles to do the most that they can do.  I want them to become stronger so I can do what He wants me to do, even if it’s anything from carrying a sleeping kid to bed, to running from wolves (Lord please don’t make me ever have to run from wolves!!)   My very favorite passage in the Bible is where God lays it all out to Job after Job smarts off to God.  It is very long, so I won’t list it here, but you can look it up online or in your own Bible (Job 38:1-42:17).  This passage gives me goose bumps every time because it is God Himself reminding us of just how great and powerful He is.  Anytime I get to feeling too big for my britches, I am reminded of this passage.  I always think to myself “Go God Go!” when I read it.  Knowing that I am a child of this Great and Mighty Being gives me tremendous hope that I can conquer whatever life throws at me, be it a serious crisis or just 50 extra pounds of fat. (I am not particularly overt with my spirituality, but it is something very close to my heart, so that is why I list it here.)

 

This is a short list, I could go on and on about the things that inspire me, but I just wanted to share a few of them.  Now it’s your turn…what inspires you to be all you can be (even if you aren’t in the Army)?   And if you have something witty to say, by all means please add that too, seeing as how I sort of left that part out of this post, contrary to what the title may tell you!  😉