When I first started my P90X challenge, I didn’t really believe that I could truly get strong or fit. As tough as it was, I tried to show up for myself each day and push Play.
My goals were minimal–I wanted to “lose weight and fit into my clothes better.”
Surviving each workout was the only thing on my mind.
One day I was told that my uncle had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Because my aunt didn’t know how to speak English, I was the translator for his doctors, nurses, and pharmacist each morning.
After each phone call, I would start my workout, fighting the tears streaming down my face.
My uncle lost his fight with cancer, but fought bravely and without complaints. Each new day was a gift for him. He told me, “you have to do what you can with what you have.”
From that point forward, I saw my health for it what it was–an enormous gift and blessing. I worked out with new vigor, driven by a deeper understanding of what it means to be alive. I pushed myself further with every physical activity because I knew whatever pain I was feeling was temporary, and that I was, in fact, getting stronger. I stopped making excuses.
Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can
I took my uncle’s example to heart. I started where I was and tried to push myself further. I used what I had instead of waiting for the next fitness device or gadget. I did what I could in order to get stronger and better. I started setting new goals for myself because I wanted to truly live my life strong and at my best.
You can too. Don’t waste the gift of each new day. Take care of your temple and do it because you can.