I love this quote from Michael Jordan: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

I was reminded of this after my first full month in Change for Good. January was a very successful month for me. I visited the gym a total of 17 times, and I lost a total of 10.5 pounds and about 6.75 total inches of which 3.5 inches came off my waist. However, February is proving to be a very challenging especially dealing with transportation. We had to purchase two cars within three weeks. Nevertheless, I was still able to participate in my scheduled gym activities and personal training, but we realized that we needed another car.

We all have unexpected challenges that arise, but the question is how do we deal with them. Due to high stress that was going on in my life, I realized  I needed to work out.  It has been often stated and proven that by exercising it releases endorphins and reduces stress.

I knew my regular gym schedule was affected by not having transportation, so I started to walk during lunch inside the building where I worked and to take the stairs most of the time. I also did squats at my desk and stretches. Today when I walked, I heard my trainer, Dave’s voice in my head saying, “Pep up your step.” The people around me did not know what I was doing, but I was fully aware and utilizing my time to the best of my ability. I am also finding myself less stressed at work, and I am able to handle assigned tasks more efficiently.

Also for several weekends, I have met with a friend and we walked/jogged outside for about 3 miles, despite the snow and ice patches.

I have a goal to become fit and I am committed to not give up on myself.  Although I am faced with obstacles, my health and well-being are very important so I am determined to move as much as possible.  I am no longer making excuses or giving up prematurely.  I will never give up, and you should not either. Find a way, despite obstacles.

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