The last one really stumped me. I had thoughts like "intensity" or "maximum effort" or something along those lines. Obviously, I was thinking about my daily grind in the garage there but since I give so much time and effort into it, it belongs in here somewhere. That led me into my "why" I CrossFit, why I continuously push myself...WHY do I do it? Pushing that aside, why did I hire a nutrition coach last week? Shouldn't I be happy with my perceived "healthy lifestyle" and just keep cruising on? Here's where the word "Duty" comes into play and why I chose it:
- My God to take care of myself physically and mentally. To do my best at maximizing my potential with what He gave me.
- My family. To protect them, to love them, and to serve them without expecting anything in return.
- My country. To honor the oath I have repeatedly taken and outside the uniform, to never lose sight with the freedom this country has provided.
- Those who I have volunteered to serve. My extracurriculars have led me to a leadership position within Team Red, White and Blue as well as the marriage ministry at our church with my wife. I raised my hand to serve so for as long as I am in that seat, I have a duty to do it with excellence and integrity. Things will come and go in this area all life long but I always need to remember why I raised my hand and when that "why" goes away, so should I.
"Duty" pulls it all together, in my opinion. As I journey through this new nutrition journey that is filled with macros, scanning barcodes and weighing everything I eat, I do it not for narcissistic reasons...not to gain that six-pack...but to compliment the level of dedication that I have given to fitness and taking care of myself. The "missing piece of the puzzle," you might say. I have a duty to care for myself and this is but one tool I'm trying out to try and do better and be better at it.
So what do you stand for? What defines you? The journey is a worthwhile endeavor and will help ground you in your decisions and look squarely in the eye of why you do what you do and if necessary, adjust course to do better, be better, and live fully the life you've been given.