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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Getting back into it

  • A couple of years ago, my fitness level was much better than it is now. Sedentary living crept back into my life and I was starting to be the couch potato I had worked so hard to get away from.
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  • A couple of years ago, my fitness level was much better than it is now. Sedentary living crept back into my life and I was starting to be the couch potato I had worked so hard to get away from.
     
    It is so much easier to come up with excuses rather than just go for a walk or head down to the gym where I have held a membership for three years. No more excuses!
    Beginning Monday, a friend and I decided we would hold each other accountable and meet at 5:30 a.m. to do our workout. I am not sure why, but it is much easier to get up at 5 a.m. knowing someone will be waiting for you. Dressed in comfy yoga pants and a t-shirt, I mix my protein shake for energy, grab my sneakers and a water bottle and I am out the door.
     
    There are no beauty contests won when heading across the street to Anytime Fitness where we meet. It is lifting weights, concentrating on form and repetitions rather than speed, run/walk on the treadmill and 45 minutes later I feel great! My energy is high and I head home. Sixty minutes later I am out the door heading to work, with my breakfast and dinner in my lunch bag.
     
    Right in the front of Anytime Fitness is a large blackboard that anyone can write a message on. This morning (Tuesday) my message was “Change doesn’t happen overnight.” One step at a time and you can trade bad habits for good ones. Perseverance will help you attain the goals you are seeking and if you need some help along the way, check into the blogs on Anytime Health.
     
    The best advice I could offer, is just get started. Get off the couch, bed or chair. So maybe you can only do a 3 lb. weight lift or only five minutes on a treadmill. It doesn’t matter because you start slow and build on each little accomplishment. Success can be yours. You just need to decide how bad you want it. Maybe you got sidetracked like me. I made the decision to get back at it, will you? Don’t say to yourself “I’d like to change. Say I will change!” What you believe, you will achieve.
     
    Thought for the week: Nothing is possible if you think it is impossible. Nothing is impossible if you think it is possible. Think positive and work hard, and anything is possible. – Thomas Vilord.
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