The pounds, I mean. No, but seriously.
When released in 2006, I initially thought the popular Hillsong United song, Take It All shouted, “Take take take it off.” Ha! I sang that for so long that the original lyrics just seemed boring when I found out the truth.
I chuckled to myself during a spin workout at the gym this week. The day after Christmas I could sense people were in agony over how much they had eaten the day before. I saw huge muscle men trying to lift their “normal” amount of weight. Time and time again, I saw them pause in the middle of their set to take off a 25 or two.
“Take take take it off,” I sang to myself. Should have resisted that extra piece of pie, eh Mr. Buff Guy?
Moral of the story? There probably isn’t one. But here are a few thoughts:
- Training has its ups and downs.
I don’t always feel my best. But I still push forward.
- Training takes dedication and sacrifice.
My tummy didn’t munch on rolls with extra butter or three helpings of pie this year.
- Training encourages an awareness of one’s limits.
Even this most macho men have to reduce their weight every now and again. And it’s okay.
As I begin timing myself to compete in the 2014 Lavaman Triathlon I have a feeling this tune will become my mantra as I work to take take take off seconds (maybe minutes) from my personal records.
Take it off!
The actual meaning of this song has nothing to do with losing weight, seconds, or pounds.