…Why do so many people stand around with their mouths open, afraid to try anything unless they first take a socially approved class to tell them how? How, in just a few generations, did this country’s soul go from folks who walked, rode horses, and dragged wagons clear across our continent, to a majority who spend most of their time staring at teevees; whose feeling of self worth is based more on income than personal accomplishment? -George Buehler, “Buehler’s Back Yard Boatbuilding”
Tony Horton, somewhere at some point, said, “Think can do and not look like.” For those looking to get fit, it’s probably one of the most important things to remember in the journey to a fit lifestyle. Just doing something to look good is bound to fail.
Fitness should be a journey to arrive at a destination. To keep motivated when the times are low, remember to think can do. My challenge is swimming – it’s not my favorite of the triathlon sports – but I keep at it. Why? Because I want to be able to complete an Ironman in Kona, HI. But also – I’m not good at it. I want to get better. In the process – I get more fit. But I do it to do it… I haven’t taken any “triathlon” courses, and I have plans to do beyond triathlons and being fit will allow me to do them. Honestly, I don’t have time to even care whom Paris Hilton or her ilk are doing, much less what they are doing. I’m too busy doing something that matters.
So set a can do goal. Play tennis, walk a 5k, chase your grandchild across the yard – whatever. But set the goal, and remember the only person stopping you – is you.