So up until last August my life had been pretty sedentary for, like, 15+ years. At first it was just because my job required me to sit most of the time (I drive long distances daily), also I was getting comfortable with my life because I had a steady girlfriend/fiancé/wife and kinda let things go. I got too comfortable with my life and I ballooned from 135lbs to 175lbs in just about 6 months. Fortunately I leveled out there for quite some time, but when my 2nd marriage ended my self-esteem took a nosedive. I no longer cared what I looked like and pretty much gave up on the whole "falling in love and getting married" thing, because at this stage of the game single people at my age are like parking spaces; "All the good ones are taken and the rest are handicapped." With no real motive to keep in shape I then packed on another 10lbs and have leveled out at 185 lbs. for the past few years. Then last August I took up Fencing on a whim. Why not? It's not like I had anything better to do, right? Besides, I had always loved all the fancy swordplay of those Errol Flynn movies. To my surprise, I took to it like a fish takes to water. I love it. It literally changed my life from a fat and happy one to an excited and enthusiastic one. It's a HUGE difference. I'm watching what I eat, I'm exercising, and I practice, practice, practice. The result? Well now I can run 800 yards without getting winded. I can run up 4 flights of stairs and not breathe hard. I even ran a 5k marathon last week.
Why? Because it's essential in life to have goals. My goal is to win a medal in Fencing. To do that I need to be in shape. I don't know how long it will take, nor do I care, but it is my goal. I understand that it will be a bigger struggle for me because when you fence competitively, you are matched up against people in the same age category, not by experience. Therefore, I'll be at a disadvantage because most of the people in my age group have been fencing their whole lives while I've just started. However, I will not be intimidated. I WILL earn that medal, and I WILL not give up until I get it.
I'm not gonna preach about the importance of fitness. I AM however going to encourage you to set a goal and go for it. It doesn't have to be a goal that changes the whole world (Heck, winning a medal in Fencing is essentially unimportant in the big scheme of things) but it has to be important to YOU. If you don't know what that would be, go search for it...AND DO IT. And if it's something within easy reach, you're insulting yourself. Strive for something you think is *just* beyond what you think you can accomplish. You will surprise yourself. You are mightier than you can imagine. You are powerful beyond measure. Dare to believe this and you will not fail in this life.
It's not easy, and sometimes when I get discouraged I watch this video and it reinvigorates me to go another mile, even when I believe I can't take another step= www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCfEJv…