There are times in life, when we come across obstacles, which stand between us and our aspirations. The obstacles can look so intimidating, that we can begin to contemplate giving up on our dreams. Any time we turn back and give up on our dreams, because of obstacles, we deny ourselves the opportunity to experience victory. But when we go forward and leap over those hurdles, we build strength and courage for a better future.
Whether we prepare for them or not, obstacles do show up. How we deal with them is what makes the difference between success and failure.
In our journey to better health and fitness, we will meet obstacles. Situations that make it difficult for us to eat healthy, factors that make exercise undesirable. But we must learn to go pass all of them, if we must experience our desires.
We all have different issues that make it difficult for us to follow an exercise or a nutrition program. For some, it is a busy schedule, for others, it is unavailability of fitness facilities. Some are daily exposed to environments that push their resolves, while some can't tell the difference between a healthy and unhealthy meal. Some have physical challenges that make certain activities painful. Others have health issues that require medications, which affect their body weight.
Your challenge is your challenge. My challenge is my challenge. I may not know what obstacles you are facing, in your quest to a healthy and a fit life. What I do know is that, we can all use our obstacles as a ladder to better health, and fitness.
To overcome our obstacles, we must first understand what they are. And device strategies to overcome them. Let me explain this statement by using these examples.
Let's look at a working lady, who leaves her house everyday at dawn, and does not return, until late in the evening. Let's assume she lives in Ikorodu, and works on the Island. From Monday to Friday, our lady has definitely kissed home-made breakfast and lunch goodbye. She has to rely on fast food, five days a week. This is not healthy. It's a major obstacle to getting good nutrition.
To overcome this obstacle, our lady must learn to choose, healthy alternatives. She may want to go for a sweet sensation vegetable soup and rice, instead of fried rice and chicken, or pastry and soft drink. She may also want to choose a TFC's 'swallow' and local soup instead of Yamarita and chicken. She may need to pack some healthy meal to work, which will require planning ahead.
Let's also look at another person, whose challenge is making time out for exercise. This fellow may need to take a closer look at her daily schedule, and see where and when, she can fix in short burst of exercise.
The point I am trying to make is that, there is always a way out, if we look well. We can always find a way round it, if we so desire. We may want to wait, till everything is equal, but the truth is, that time may never come.
Do what you need to do to your obstacle. Walk over it. Leap over it. Whatever it takes, JUST DO IT and overcome.
You may not be able to run a Marathon. You may not be able to eat like a 'Super Model'.
But you can leap over these obstacles that are challenging your aspiration for a healthy living. Now, that's true VICTORY!