Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Posted from LiveStrong.com

Is This Your Health Downfall?

Posted by abornstein | August 29, 2011 | 

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been faced
 with a constant reminder of my own limitations.
 A recent back injury slowed my normally active
 lifestyle to a halt. Among the biggest
frustrations: My inability to exercise left me
 with no way to counterbalance the frustrations
of long work days, the stress of wedding
 planning, and my insatiable love of almond butter.

As I struggled with the incapacitating pain
 of my injury, I found that my physical abilities
 weren't all that was affected. I lost my patience
 faster, became frustrated easier, and generally
 morphed into something that wasn’t
representative of who I wanted to be. I was
 left with a simple question: When you can’t
 do what you want, must everything else also suffer?

We live in a world where excuses are
 prominent and real. But if you're not
careful, temporary excuses can become
 a permanent way of life. I’ve experienced
 it myself. I was once an overweight kid
and rationalized that I had bad genes
 and could never be fit. Clearly, my
 self-perception became the world I
created for myself, rather than the
 far-reaching potential that lives within us all.

When I look at LIVESTRONG.COM, I
 think of the success stories. The people
 who have every reason to make excuses,
 feel trapped and limited by their own
 bodies. Whether it’s a terrible disease
like cancer or the suffocating reality
of obesity, we are all faced with our
humanity and limitations in different
 ways. But what ultimately separates
 the stories you read from those
untold is your mindset. Do you allow
 what you want most to be prevented
 by what stands in your way?

At some point, I decided to stop
 feeling bad for my recent setback.
 I taught a fitness class to help
others be active. I dedicated the
 time I would be spending in the
gym to my fiancé. And inevitably,
I did what I should have done in
the first place: Visited my doctor.

My step towards improvement
 might appear insignificant
compared to those who have to
 fight real, serious battles every
 day. Still, even the smallest steps
require the greatest courage. And
 that’s what improving your health
 is really about: Realizing that every
 goal—whether weight loss, fighting
 disease, or building muscle—is
equally important, difficult to achieve
 and worth fighting for. The only
question is: What are you waiting
 for to make your goal become a
 reality? Your potential will never
disappear, but if you wait too long,
your health will.

-Adam Bornstein

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