Never Give Up
April 10, 2013
Like most of you out there, I am very excited that "Spring has finally Sprung," as they say (or maybe normal people don’t say that, just my crazy family, I’m not sure). However, while I am very excited about the change of seasons and the warmer weather that is hopefully here to stay, I am also embarrassed to admit that we are already four months into 2013 and my New Year’s resolution to get in better shape has been abandoned, just like so many years before.
I wish I could say that this is the first time this has happened, but that would be a lie. Getting into better shape has been my resolution for several years running, and yet I just can’t seem to accomplish it.
I always begin with the best of intentions and may even stick with a routine for a few weeks before the inevitable occurs, and my new routine is broken. Maybe I get the flu, or get too busy at work, or am just too tired to work out; whatever the circumstance, once I break my new routine, I just give up and gradually return to my sedentary lifestyle. Then yet another year slips by, bad habits still in place.
A friend of mine sent me a truly inspiring video that has helped to remotivate me in my efforts, and I’d like to pass it on to you as well. It is about a Gulf War Veteran named Arthur Boorman who was told he would never be able to walk unassisted again. After gaining lots of weight, he decided to take control of his life again and refused to give up, even when he was turned away by countless yoga instructors.
Seeing his transformation has helped me keep all of my former excuses in check. Yes, there are still days when I don’t want to work out, and yes, I still get sore and feel like quitting. However, Arthur’s story has helped me to keep it all in perspective and realize just how lucky I am that my biggest obstacle to better health is just my lack of motivation and not a physical injury.
My favorite quote from Arthur and my new mantra in my own quest to get in shape is as follows.
"Just because I can’t do it TODAY, doesn’t mean that I won’t be able to do it SOMEDAY."
I wish all of you strength to reach your goals. Don’t let this year pass you by; there’s no better time than now to start making positive changes to your life.