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Today is Your Day to Shine!


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February is National Heart Healthy Month

You may have seen emails with different variations of the acronym for PUSH. Off the top of my head I can’t recall the differences, but as I was working out on the treadmill this morning this thought came to mind: “Persevere Under Significant Hardship!”

I was at 3 miles in less than 40 minutes with a speed up to 4.8 and a 3 percent incline. Experience has taught me that the first 20 minutes or so of my workout is the hardest and if I can only PUSH through this timing I can reach my goal.

After 1 and ½ hours of the treadmill and achieving over 6 miles I’m euphoric. Finishing up with 15 more minutes on the elliptical made for a good workout.

Persevere Under Significant Hardship

If you’ve been following my blog you know about my pledge to dedicate myself to living a healthier lifestyle. At 53 years of age, over the span of my lifetime I developed atrocious eating habits and since I wasn’t fond of exercise I just didn’t do it.

After living a rather sedentary lifestyle (don’t get me wrong I’m not lazy I just had a serious aversion to any kind of exercise) okay so maybe I was lazy. The point is it’s considerably harder to get in shape when you aren’t used to putting your body through the paces.

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. ~Henry Ford

So getting through the first 20 minutes of the workout is critical for me. Listening to my music helps some but as my mind wonders from thought to thought when it came to “Persevere Under Significant Hardship” I kept repeating it over and over.

It’s tough when you’re in the midst of something major in your life and you don’t know if you can make it through but I’m here to tell you, you most certainly can. Think back to times past when obstacles clouded your vision and you found a way out of what appeared to be no way.

Until that moment when you take your last breath you still have an opportunity to make an impact. Case in point, this elderly gentleman comes into the gym while I’m doing my treadmill thing. He walks over to the stationary bike and with great care he lowers himself to the seat and then slowly lifts his leg over the bike to place his feet on the pedals. I don’t know his situation although if I were to guess I would think he has arthritis or some other paralyzing painful disorder that prevents him from moving more fluidly.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.  ~Bruce Barton

The gentleman uses the bike for maybe 5 minutes or so then he takes a 5 minute break. Once he’s done with his break I can hear him using the universal gym and based on the light sound of the weight he’s using I’m thinking it’s the least amount.

Some may think “what’s the point?” of this gentleman even going to the gym and the point is this “he’s still alive.” He may not be as young as he once was and his body may not move the way he wants it to but he’s still here and he’s making an impact. He impacted me. How could one not be inspired when you see someone struggling through something and yet they keep going?

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.  ~Thomas Alva Edison

Like this elderly gentleman, you too can persevere. It may take some time and you may feel like giving up, you might even succumb to giving up and that’s okay. Just don’t stop trying because the next time could be that time which makes the difference.

So yes, working out is hard, my muscles get sore and there’s this constant dialogue in my head that tries to convince me to quit and accept me as I am. When I hear that voice I just say to myself “Persevere Under Significant Hardship” because this is what will help me to be the best me I can be.

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

One thought on “Today is Your Day to Shine!

  1. Perseverance is the key word. So never give up; even when the going gets tough the more you keep on struggling. It does get better and pretty soon you’ll be so used to it that you just automatically keep going.

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