Operation Skinny Jeans: Grab life by the drill

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grab life by the drill

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to build furniture. Not like Ikea, but from wood. I had some, but very little, woodworking skills and none of the tools. But I loved the idea of making something functional and being able to say "I made that." My husband thought I was nuts. He also had no woodworking experience, and really no desire to build anything, but he loves me so he agreed.

We decided our first project would be a bench. We had a long window in our living room and we could always use some extra seating, so we went to work. I found bench plans on a woodworking plan website, we purchased all the materials and decided not to follow the plan at all (cause we're those people) and we went to work. It took us probably 6 hours and 10 meltdowns to make this stupid bench. And it was crooked. But it was ours. We were so stinking proud of that stupid bench. Any time someone would come over, we would show them. And they would (kindly) say "Oh wow! I wouldn't even think you made that!" while glancing over the 7 half in stripped screws sticking out of the sides. We didn't care, we were so proud.

Could this picture BE any blurrier?? 
Shockingly that inspired us to build more furniture. We made a few shelves before we dove head first into our next big project. A bed. God that thing was a beast. It took us an entire weekend, dusk till dawn, but we did it. And it was beautiful. We had a better handle on woodworking at that point, we had more tools and we didn't have any half in stripped screws hanging out this time. After the bed we went on to build a dining room table, two other benches, and an entertainment center. Each piece better than the last.

We eventually fixed the crooked door lol
We were classy and kept our liquor in the garage.... apparently lol
You are probably thinking "this is a nice story, but what the hell does this have to do with fitness??" and that is a great question.

My point is, you don't have to be great to start. We made some huge mistakes in the beginning, but we didn't let it ruin us and we didn't stop there. We just kept getting better. That journey has been a metaphor for my weight loss journey. I have made some rickety ass benches with screws sticking out of the sides, but I am so proud of them anyway. I have failed countless times, but I don't stop trying. I keep looking for ways to improve and things I can do to be better.

I am not perfect. I am not a fitness expert. I am not a woodworking expert. But I am someone who decides I am gonna do something, and I keep trying, no matter how hard it is, and I never give up.

Pick up the drill. Take the first step. Even if you have no freaking clue what you are doing, do it. You never know where it might lead.

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