When I was teaching spinning at the gym one day we were on the last strength song of the class and I could tell that people were getting tired and their focus was drifting. That was about the time I said to the class ..
How bad do you want this? Keep working and keep fighting for it and it’s going to happen.
To accomplish things in life it typically requires work on our part. Work. Picking the right path to get there. Determination. You name it.
If you want to lose weight it’s going to require you to make sacrifices .. start eating better, spend time exercising, make a few life changes. But if you want it bad enough you will do it and not look back. It’s when you hit your rock bottom that you’ll stick to your guns.
A few years back I had a friend that always talked about wanting to lose weight. She was so miserable with her size and was ready to make it happen. So .. she’d make some exaggerated effort to diet and lose ten pounds. Two weeks later she’d fall off the horse and gain 15 back. She wasn’t ready to fight for it.
I’d have to look up my original post to find the exact date but 9 or so years ago I hit ‘my’ rock bottom. I had gained 5 more pounds than I was willing to except. I walked into the gym and signed up for a membership 10 minutes later. When asked why I simply said ‘i refuse to buy bigger jeans.’ Fair enough.
The first year was more of a transition year for me .. I had a personal trainer and was slowly migrating out of some of my bad habits. After that first year, when the only one holding me accountable was ‘me,’ I started to take ownership of my path.
Now, I look up and see how far I have come. I have kept fighting and have enjoyed the rewards of those fights.
I have more energy at my age than I did 15 years ago. I don’t get sick near as often as I used to. I feel more alive and enjoying knowing that I am truly strong by my own efforts. I know that if I needed to I can run a mile without thinking twice. I could probably put a hurting on someone if they tried to take my purse. 🙂
I have kept fighting. And I keep fighting. No, it’s not a daily ‘war’ with yourself. It’s not even a struggle with yourself. It’s just making a change and wanting the new life bad enough that the old one is not an issue.
I don’t want to be that person again. Ever. In a year I want to be a better person than I am now, which is why I keep pushing on.
We have one life to live .. the clock is ticking so make the most of it. When your write your list of accomplishments make sure you have to ask for extra paper.
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