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You Have To Start Somewhere

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It hangs in the lobby of my gym. It's one of the first thing I see every day when I walk in to get my workout on.

It says "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

The sign speaks the truth. It's not easy. It's a struggle to get their each and every day. I'm not one of those "Put a smile on your face and sing The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow." Some days it's hard to work through the pain and soreness. It becomes a tempting excuse.

"I have back issues."

"I have arthritis."

"I don't move as quick as I once did."

I still move, I still breath and I am still alive. If I quit the pain wins. A sorta physical "Needer-needer-needer."

I have a purpose.

I will beat the pain.

Oh, I know it wont go away and yes it will slow me down and maybe I wont ever run again, but it wont win. Like death and taxes it's always there. But with each workout is has just a little bit less control over how I think and how I act. I wont use my pain as an excuse and like the school yard bully it looks in my eyes and understands that there is no victim here. It needs to move on.

You have to draw a line in the sand and say this is where I begin, and some of us add "This time I really mean it." It doesn't matter how often you begin, it matters that you keep beginning. No one cared about Edison's thousand failures. We only marvel at his one success.

It is worth it and deep down inside you believe it also.

We're all in this together.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 11/23/2013 2:30AM

    Great blog just what I needed to hear today so thank you.

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/18/2013 2:15PM

    Thank you for the inspiration and motivation.

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NASFKAB 11/18/2013 4:27AM

  have to keep on thanks for the blog inspirational

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LYNMEINDERS 11/18/2013 4:25AM

    We can so do it John....and your right....we just need to keep beginning...just like Edison....


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AJDOVER1 11/17/2013 11:17PM

    We can do it, John. Yeah, there's pain involved, but making unhealthy choices won't keep us pain-free.

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SLIMLEAF 11/17/2013 6:14PM

    Well done John - I'm proud of you!

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JEANNETTE59 11/17/2013 3:46PM

  The alternative is unacceptable emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 11/17/2013 3:26PM

    Yes, it's definitely worth it. And with every workout you do and every pound you lose you'll be giving that pain a harder time. You can win this game, John!

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PEGGY11 11/17/2013 3:04PM

    I know what you mean about the back pain and arthritis in the knees and all the other joints too. I have a dvd of chair exercises that the doctor says I must do every day. Sometimes it is in the morning and sometimes afternoons, but I do it. I am hoping that as I lose weight it will be a little easier on my joints. They won't get better, but losing weight won't let it get worse so quickly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/17/2013 1:33PM

    You are an inspiration.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2013 1:30PM

    As a nurse I can tell you that those who stop moving don't make it. Especially those with arthritis need to keep moving.

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DEBRITA01 11/17/2013 1:18PM

    If we believe it, we can do it. Here's to emoticon ' matter how many it takes! Thanks for this blog today, John.

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TRISTAROSE 11/17/2013 12:55PM

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HARROWJET 11/17/2013 11:37AM

    It IS worth it.

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