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What We Believe...Or Do We Believe?

What do you believe?

I believe that if you "want" to do something you will. If you don't want to? Then, you won't. People who say, "I'm not a runner" don't want to run unless you physically can't. That is fine, but don't assume that you are something you are not because you don't want to or have not tried. (By the way I'm not a singer because I won't do karaoke but I don't want to...will I one day? Maybe.)

Many people in my life have found out that they are runners, bikers, swimmers, athletes and all they had to do was try it. Start slow, work towards a goal and often they are rewarded with an improved sense of self, weight loss and a new passion for life.

I myself was never a "weight lifter" until I started lifting weights after I had my children. At that time, I could do one push-up on my toes and it was not pretty. My goal when I attempted this was thirty push-ups on my toes one day. As I worked out more and started to notice the changes in my physical and mental changes in myself, I eventually completed this goal and many many more after (some that had nothing to do with lifting weights).  Because I maintained my strength, there is little that I can't try at least once and manage to do.

Before the age of 30 I had never participated in half of the amazing journeys I have experienced. I was too afraid to do things outside of my comfort zone.  I was afraid I would fail, be last, not be good at it until one day I realized: it really doesn't matter where you finish. I am not going to win the Olympics so I am just going to enjoy the ride.

The first person who won the race and the last person both finished the same race, distance and journey. So who is the bigger winner?

Even on days when I can't run as fast or as far as I thought I should, I still revel in the fact that I can run or am physically able to run.  That, in itself, is a blessing for me because working out is therapy on the most basic level. It is a release.  While a not always enjoyable prospect, once I am done it is always worth it.  No matter what, I have never regretted completing a workout; I have only regretted not doing it!

I wish for you a great journey in this life, whether it is the smallest most enjoyable moments of jumping on the trampoline with your kids or the ability to beat your husband at badminton 15 years after you last played it; our lives are meant to be lived moving so get out and LIVE LIFE NOW!

Lisa Stocking 

CSEP-CPT

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