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Physically and Mentally Strong

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Are there things in your life that you’re tired of “dealing with?”

Have you wrestled with something most of your life and still not managed to conquer it?

The first thing that comes to my mind is the constant effort to get/be fit/trim.  It’s certainly something that many of us struggle with year after year.

I’m the kind of person who believes in possibility.  For years, if I had a problem, I believed that the way to solve it was to define it and then based on the definition, take action.  I believed in this so strongly that I’ve worked for years reading about various ways we deal with adversity and trying to help people understand how they can deal with their adversities.

The thing is that sometimes we just get worn out.  And if you’re worn out, the last thing you want is some smart aleck who reads all the latest literature telling you that you can get through this. (Of course, that’s not me.)

Define the Problem, Fix the Problem

Unfortunately, my approach to self-healing doesn’t work for everything.  Allergies with bad sinus headaches are still with me.  They can rob me of an hour, a day, a week, even a month.  I do my best to manage them, but in the end they still exist and they still affect how I live my life.

I’ve tried antihistamines, acupuncture, showering in the morning, showering in the evening –all in an effort to keep a clear head.  There seems to be a general consensus that they’re caused by the weed killers and fertilizers that were used for decades on what used to be farm land.  Unfortunately, that means that what’s causing the problem is possibly a cocktail of many different things, all mixed together to make me miserable.  (Ok, maybe not, but some days it does feel personal.)

And, I’m so tired of dealing with them.  Yes, I know that I should be grateful for my general good health.  And I try, I really do.  But, after a while, I just get tired of feeling sick and tired.

Raise the White Flag

It happens to all of us occasionally.  We reach a point where we are tempted to just give up.  For me, I usually give up for a short time – until Saturday, after I’ve had a chance to sleep or until I look around and get ashamed that I’m giving up.  Then, I at least make a half-hearted attempt to get back into it.

Sometimes, it’s not as decisive as quitting.  Sometimes, it’s worse – it’s not committing.  For years, I’ve “played” at losing weight.  The last time I really committed to a weight loss program was when I lost 20 pounds before 9/11.  That was it.  After 9/11 there were a million anxieties feeding my need to eat.

Since then, my approach has been that I don’t want to blow up into Gargantua, but I really am not going to get crazy about losing weight.  But now, although I’m not giving up everything except fruits and veggies, I am committed to being healthier.

What made the change?

As I said, I’m tired of being sick and tired.  I want to feel more comfortable in my own skin.  I want to move more easily and feel more powerful.  I don’t want to look at a flight of stairs and decide that I can’t climb it.  I want to feel/be more flexible.  I want to reduce my mental age – not to childhood, just to an age of possibilities.  If I’m stiff and slow physically, I’ll be stiff and slow mentally.  And for me, that’s not an option.

How about you?

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