Sunday, August 25, 2013

Never Give Up

I thought I had posted this video before, but just doing a quick glance I didn't see it. I had to find the video again and watch it because this man is so inspiring to me.

You see, like him I let someone tell me what I couldn't do. For him, a doctor told him he'd never walk again. For me, it was my physical therapist telling me that squats and lunges were a thing of the past for me. He said that with my knees and having had surgery on both of them that I'd not be able to do them again.

At first I believed him, and I didn't go back to the gym. I mean, what was the point if I couldn't do my favorite class, which includes squats and lunges? Then, I saw this video. It sent me back to the gym. I am not at the point where I can do a full squat or lunge track yet, and I don't do much of anything that requires jumping, but I'll get there. I'm not letting someone else tell me I can't.

I stayed away from Body Combat (which used to be called Kick where I go) because I was afraid of it hurting my knees. Sure, I was limited in what I could do - but it was mainly from being over 270 pounds, not because of my knee injuries and surgeries.

I'm going to keep on keeping on. I'm not going to give up. Tomorrow morning I'm going to get on the scale and own the number. And then I'm going to get my butt in gear. I will get to the gym tomorrow, if to nothing else but the elliptical, treadmill, or recumbent bike. I'm going to live each day with that day's goals in mind. I'm not going to worry about what tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year holds for me.

If I keep trying to see the end of the journey, I'm going to miss all the amazing sights along the way. In this case, I'm going to miss all those accomplishments, both big and little, that could occur on the way. Heck, if I keep trying to see my final destination rather than the roads I'm currently traveling, I may take a wrong turn and get lost. I've gotten lost too many times. It's time to get back on the road and start enjoying this journey.

And really - shouldn't I really make this my journey and enjoy the trip? Think of all the stories I'm going to get to tell. Seriously. This trip is gonna be awesome!

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