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Resilience, and Why We Just Can't Quit

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Well, you know it wasn't to long ago that I started this journey and decided that I was going to do what ever it takes to change my life. I decided that SparkPeople was the best tool to use to get my eating problems under control and getting serious at the gym was how I was going to take care of my physical well being. What I didn't count on or take into consideration was the damage that I had done to my body that would require the assistance of the medical community.

When I started this journey, I knew that following my desire for change, the first Key that I needed was Commitment. You see, I figured out really early that No Commitment means nothing is going to happen.

The next Key that I needed was Dedication. I knew that if I could not dedicate myself to my program and the execution and follow through, there was now way that the program could or would work.

With these, the two most important keys to success dealt with, I was confident that the program could and should work.

What I had not considered and prepared for were the hurdles and stumbling blocks that life would throw in my path. As time passed and my body changed, things started to happen.

I knew early on, that one of the main reasons for my weight loss and fitness program was because I needed surgery. I knew that both knees needed to be replaced and that I needed abdominal and back surgery. The surgeons had all told me, that at my then current weight, the risks associated with surgery were so high because of my weight, so I was motivated. So I got on with my program.

The next Key, Focus. I was determined to achieve the goals set by the surgeons in order for me to have my surgical procedures. Each procedure required a weight loss target, time frame and a fitness preparation protocol. I set my goals and worked to achieve them.

On May 1, 2012 the results of my efforts produced the first major result, my first surgical procedure, a Panniculectomy, the removal of 10 kilos of abdominal tissue.

What I was not prepared for was recovery from surgery, but I soon learned of the virtues and values of preparation. You see, the Doctors warned me that the exercise that I do in advance to prepare for surgery would make recovery from surgery less challenging. They were right, because it made all of the difference. Bouncing back from surgery was not a challenge.

Over the following Twelve months, I prepared for and underwent five more surgical procedures. Each procedure was preceded with preparation in the gym and the result of my preparation was an early return to the gym each time.

So what is the conclusion?

Well from where I sit, If you add the the keys, Commitment, Dedication and Focus and add them to plan that works, you get the results you desire and along the way you will develop the
Resilience to bounce back as long as you live my Credo, "Never Give Up."

Once we start this journey, we can Never Give Up, because we risk going backwards.

In the words of Martin Luther King

If you can't fly, then run,
If you can't run, then walk,
If you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward

Stay Healthy and Stay In Touch

'Big' Dave
We're In It For The Finish,
I Can Go The Distance,
The Goal Is In Sight.

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