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Challenge yourself to make a change

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If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. My husband can attest to this. When he retired from the Army he took a break from physical fitness and as a result gained weight. The weight gain contributed to a heart attack and over the next 5 years he was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Thankfully he decided to challenge himself, and as a result, changed himself. He lost 100 pounds and has kept it off for 5 years now. He took all excuses away from me.

As a result of his success, he is now my coach. He inspired me to increase my physical fitness, and as a result, improve my health. But it hasn’t been easy for me. Over the last 2 years I have been plagued with minor aches and pains that made it too easy to quit a workout far sooner than I should. I did not give up however and kept plodding away at improving my health.

Apparently the challenge I had changed me because now I do not give up on my workouts. If I have an ache or a pain I change out exercise or equipment to give the aching muscle a break. During a recent trip I saw a Liberty Mutual billboard that said, Defeat Your Defeat. I feel I have done that, the aches and pains gave me the excuse I wanted to say I’m done and walk away from a workout earlier than I should have. Now, instead of walking away, I make a change. I have defeated my defeat!

Physical fitness is hard and sometimes boring. Remember, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Challenge yourself to make a change. Find a way to bring physical fitness into your life.

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