A lot of you know my story of struggle and determination in my battle to get fit. For some of you that don’t, I won’t go into all the details but I was pretty fat and out of shape just a few years ago. Fat may seem like a hash word or I am trying to be funny but let’s be honest, I was. I can remember like it was yesterday being so unhappy and wanting to change. I wanted it now. Like many people, I watched the infomercials on TV and ordered some of the “new” and “revolutionary” products that were supposed to help me get lean and fit seemingly overnight. I can admit this now, I even ordered Nutrisystem! Prepackaged food that was not very good and the portions were so small! I laugh at it now but it was not funny back then. What was I really avoiding? What was the real issue and why was I looking for the easy way out? I can sum it up in one word…fear.
Fear was keeping me from getting to work and doing what I knew what I should do. I was scared of the training. I was scared it would be too hard and it would hurt too much. Let’s call a spade a spade. I was looking to avoid pain. Fear is a terrible thing. It will keep us from experiencing true joy in accomplishment in life. It will limit us and keep us down. Let me tell you what I found out about fear. Fear is a coward. When fear is confronted it will cower in the corner like a baby. Kick fear in the teeth and take your life back!
I still struggle with fear in some parts of my life but not when it comes to fitness. I confronted my fears and been able to overcome them. This has been a real blessing because now I can do that will all parts of my life.
Looking back I am really grateful that I have gone through the struggles to get where I have. I think about the 5am runs wondering why I am doing them. Does it really matter? The days in the gym looking at the long road ahead, wondering if I had the strength to stay with it. Wanting to quit with every fiber of my being but pushing on until I was done. That makes me who I am today. I don’t think I can grow without pain. I am glad I had to go through it even though I didn’t understand it at the time. Can you imagine how hollow the victory would be if I took a “pill” or some other quick fix? I would not appreciate what I have done or been able to hold my head up high. I damn sure could not be a trainer and help others.
I am nothing special. I just never gave up. I encourage you to stick to your fitness goals and commit. Will it always be easy? No. Will you want to give up? All the time, just don’t. Rejoyce in your struggles because then the victory is sweeter. I lost 90 lbs, big deal. That is just a number. The true measure is the person I have become because of the process. I am not the same person I was and for that I am so grateful.
So, put down the credit card and stop looking for the quick fix. The “fix” is within you and victory lies in your struggles. Now, let’s lace up those kicks and get to work. It is better than you can even imagine!