On my quest to becoming fit forever I have discovered that we all have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed. All we need is a passion and desire to drive us to our goals.
Too many times we let obstacles discourage us from attaining our goals. What I’ve learned on my journey is that obstacles are just a part of the landscape. How we react to those obstacles is a key to achieving success with our health and wellness.
What do I know about obstacles? In the next few paragraphs I’m going to be transparent and share some challenges that I wake up with each day that could keep me from attaining my fitness goals.
When I was in my 20’s I noticed a 2 inch increase in my neck size. Little did I know that there was a large fast growing tumor fused to my thyroid gland. This was causing a whirlwind of symptoms: elevated heart rate, uncontrollable sweats, fatigue, and massive weight fluctuation. Not something the average person wants to deal with in the midst of life and stressful work demands.
I experienced these symptoms for months. The doctors had difficulty trying to detect what was causing these problems. By the time that the condition was diagnosed my thyroid gland was damaged to the point of needing to be removed. Radiation treatment was required to remove the tumor and my thyroid.
Without a thyroid gland, I would need to be on replacement medication for the rest of my life, and was told by my doctor that weight control would be a constant struggle. His words were, “Those without a thyroid are destined to struggle with weight the rest of their lives. Really? From that moment on it was my goal to prove this Houston doctor wrong!
I made a decision that with God’s help and the proper balance of nutrition and exercise, I would get in the best condition of my life and stay that way. I would be FIT FOREVER! (That title sounds somewhat familiar). Now, more than 30 years after that doctor’s prognosis, I am still proving him wrong! Every day I have the chance to set the course for my destiny the rest of my life.
This situation is not easily dealt with, as pounds will pile on if I choose not to stay active and exercise. But guess what? Everyone has obstacles of some kind to deal with. It’s time for me to stop the excuses and to get my tail in to Colorado Athletic Club and do the work!
Now is the time to hit our obstacles head on. No more excuses! If not you, then who? If not now, then when? Today is a brand new day of a fresh New Year. Get started on the path to health, strength, and happiness.