I have a confession to make it. My pride hit me square in the nose today and it did not feel good!! I'm just going to lay it out there, is that okay with you? Since this is a post on pride, I might as well go all or nothing.
I have been the same weight now for 5 years. It's not fluctuated since I gave birth to my last child, five years ago. I say that to make the point that I have had 5 years to get rid of the extra weight that is not healthy for me.
For months I have been reading posts by people I love telling about their trials and successes or failures and all the while my pride kicks into overdrive.
"I'm happy sitting here enjoying my coffee and snack. Why would I want to go through all that hassle. I don't feel like spending my money on diets, gyms, programs, etc. I walk, I'm active, I don't need to exercise." Whatever!
Okay, so why am I telling you all this? I'm glad you asked.
A friend of mine invited me to a cardio-kickboxing class. I laughed when I read the text. We went back and forth and while I really really wanted to say no, I didn't.
I started out okay. I watched a couple of people and tried to keep pace with them. First dumb mistake, it was clearly not their first time. After 3 minutes, (yes, 3 minutes) I thought I was going to have a heart attack. After 5 minutes I had to take a 5 minute break. I was so ashamed. Not because I couldn't keep up but that I couldn't keep up after only 5 minutes.
All the stupid thoughts came back to me and I realized that through my pride the only person that was suffering was me and my health.
Proverbs 11:1-2 "The Lord detest dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with Him. 2. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
The classic verse on pride...Proverbs 16:18 "Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall."
I was most definitely humbled last night's work out. Wisdom I hope will come with that humiliation.
I found this blog very encouraging!! The Truth About Regular Exercisers