Pushing Through

For the first time in a LONG time, way longer than I’d like to admit, I’m starting to workout again. Thanks to one of my roommates, I did one of those insanity workouts you see advertised at 2am on some infomercial. I’m crazy, I know. I got through the whole thing, but probably at a tenth of the pace the ripped and toned group on my TV screen were going.

And then, the next day happened. I literally felt like my muscles had been replaced by lead. Laying in my bed, I tried to roll over and the pain I felt reminded of the time I had severe back spasms after an ATV accident involving a thorn bush (that’s a story for another time). But seriously, the aching and the pain I felt with every move was intense! It took me a good forty minutes to bring myself to suffer through the soreness and get out of bed. Pretty pathetic, huh?

As I spent the rest of the day hobbling around like an old lady I thought, “How much longer am I going to feel this way? Why can’t my body just get over this and get to work!”

Transitions are tough, whether it’s waking up your body and starting to workout again, going off to college or grad school, getting married, or starting that new job—it takes time for our bodies, minds, and spirits to recoup. And, starting off when we aren’t used to an experience (in my case, sweating) it might be uncomfortable, challenging, and will probably cause us some pain. But, as the dude with the six pack abs on the DVD reminds us, “You gotta push through. Push through because it’s all worth it in the end”

Christina Ferrari 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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