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#511: I Accepted Her Challenge

Sunday, September 18, 2011

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” -- Harold MacMillan

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Two weeks ago my emoticon Kendra (JUSTDUCKY1405) issued a 14-day workout challenge on Facebook and invited me to take part. I readily admit my hesitation. You see, I have severe back and leg nerve damage that makes my right thigh go numb and my legs feel like they are dead. As a result I wasn't sure I could complete the challenge in a meaningful way but committed to do my best. I am happy I did and grateful for her encouragement.

Some days the activity was mowing the grass or 60-90 minute bowling practice sessions emoticon and league but the toughest days were those when I planned to walk on the treadmill. Kendra only asked for 15 minutes of exercise a day but I set a personal goal of 30 minutes on the treadmill emoticon.

Several days my spirit was weak. I plain did not want to do it. emoticon When I thought, though, about not being on her list telling what I did that day, I knew I could not let herself or my commitment down.

On those days I reminded myself of what I put on my profile page, that mental strength is necessary for physical strength and began to walk. It was often tough as the legs began to hurt and become numb. It became a matter of one step, one minute at a time.

In the end, the 30 minute goal was met every day, filling me with pride for doing what I had committed to do. emoticon emoticon

When you don't want to exercise, when your spirit is weak and your body tired, what do you do? It is easy to say we'll workout when we feel better, isn't it?

If we are honest with ourselves, however, we will recognize that as a copout.

So, whatever your exercise consists of, don't wait for a challenge. As Nike says, just do it, one weightroom repetition after another, one walking step after another.

As for the beginning quote, I would not have succeeded in getting back into a workout grove without Kendra's invitation and encouragement. That's all it took -- someone asking.

Now that I am back on track, it will be easier to continue the workouts, one step, one minute at a time. My mood and physical health is better for and will be better for her simply asking me to take part of her challenge.

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  • KICKINGIT@56
    Lou, I am so glad to have you and all my emoticon 's and you are so right about the importance of accountability. Sometimes just reading the different blogs and posts can be a big help when I'm feeling down or tempted to give in to those lame excuses. You are an example of what it means to press on despite pain, discomfort or whatever may be trying to hold you back.

    Congratulation on your initiative and success...one step at a time.

    God bless

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    3443 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Lou,

    Amazing how Spark Friends can help us! Together we CAN do what we cannot do alone.

    This morning, I wanted to sleep in. But, I have a new accountability buddy on the 5K Rookie Running team. I knew I would have to tell her what I did - or didn't do. Fortunately, the garbage truck came by at 6am and wouldn't let me get back to sleep. So, up and out the door to do my cross-training. I felt great afterward and was so thankful for the garbage truck shagging me out of bed!
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    3449 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
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  • ALIZA77
    sometimes the hardest part is just getting started, unfortunately for you every minute was difficult. I hope the walking you are doing now somehow helps your body heal the nerve damage, so you don't have any pain.
    3451 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Wonderful accomplishment, Lou.
    Now that you're on a streak, don't stop!
    The challenge continues :)
    Wishing you well.
    3451 days ago
  • THEADMIRAL
    emoticon Lou! A friend in need, is a friend indeed -- you are very blessed!
    3451 days ago
  • PONYFARMER
    Well that is the best way to start. One day, one step and build on it. Way to go Lou, keep it up. Even if you can only do it on the good days. Back pain is awful.
    3452 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Lou, I am so glad we both have friends to encourage us or (as my post in our team said) come alongside us. I am the world's LEAST morning person you will ever meet. I hate mornings. My body wants to go to sleep when the sun comes up and go to work when it goes down. As you know, PepperLeah and her husband have moved here from Florida and are staying with us. There are mornings when the LAST thing I want to do is get up and go to water aerobics after dropping my youngest off at school at 7 am. I could SO easily go home and crawl back under my delicious covers. I could to that to myself. I can't do it to my friend as easily, though. Because I do not want to let her down, I get up and put on my swimsuit and go to the pool, whether I feel like it or not. I so understand your motivation and I am so proud of you, of us, for every time we do NOT give up, give in, cave. Thank God for friends!!!
    3452 days ago
  • WALKINGSPARK
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  • JUSTDUCKY1405
    Awww... thanks so much Lou! But, I can't say enough how proud of you I am! 12/14 days of fitness was the goal for this challenge... and you accomplished +perfect attendance with 13/14 days completed! Your perseverance is inspiring!!!

    So glad this got you moving and grooving again!

    Keep up the hard work!

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    3452 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Well done completing the challenge! It's tough when you have other health issues to deal wit. By focusing on what we can do we often surprise ourselves. Glad you're getting back into the swing of it again.
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  • BOVEY63
    Great job Lou!
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    Hope you get a good night's sleep real soon.
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    3452 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    I'm so proud of you Lou, and thank you for this timely blog. I was just thinking that I need to strength train, but I don't want to....lazy. After your inspiring blog, I WILL strength train today. Thanks! Nancy
    3452 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, I know that had to be difficult for you! Thanks for putting your money where your mouth is and persevering, one step at a time! I think we're all stronger than we think we are and often surprise ourselves with what we are actually capable of!
    3452 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    Its what you've told me all along...one step, one pound at a time. It works.
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    Thanks Lou for being such an inspiration, and congratulations on your success!
    3452 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    So many of us are pulling for you Lou!!!

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  • LESLIES537
    Bravo!! Congratulations on a job well done! Way to stick with it and push yourself!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    p.s. I will hold you to that promise! :)


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  • JMARIES51
    I agree with everything in your blog, and most of all I agree with having Kendra behind you, YOU CAN Just DO IT!!!!!!!! and keep on doing it.

    Joann
    3452 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Wow, way to go!
    3452 days ago
  • BLUE48DOWN
    Well done!

    Reminds me of the motto of a rehabilitation clinic for people with back and other injuries - "Just five more". They'd ask if you could do at least 5, a nice small number, then when those were done ask for five more. One step in front of the other as you describe.
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    Keep up the good work. We're proud of you.
    3452 days ago
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