Sweat it Out, Yes You Can go That Extra Mile!
When life is hard and problems hit you from all angles, you might not want to go that extra mile.
I know. Because many times in my life I wanted to give up.
Maybe you’re going through some issues now and want to quit. But, you don’t have to. Hang in there.
“As long as you have life, you have hope.”
If you’re facing any challenges, you need encouragement.
That’s why I’m sharing this inspirational post from my friend with you today.
Her name is Marie Abanga. She suffered a life of pain, struggles, heartaches and more. She even attempted suicide. But she lived. You can discover more in her amazing book ‘My Unconventional Loves: My Hurts, My Adulteries, My Redemption’.
Her post for today is about how she manages to go that extra mile. Read on to find out her secret…
Lets face it, it is our decision to go that extra mile
Except in extreme circumstances say of ultimate handicap, we can choose to do whatever we so badly want. An addict will get his ‘stuff’ at all cost. A patient will decide to take those medications or not and we may decide to stay broken down or give life another shot.
Today, I want to share with you, how l sweat it out and go that extra mile in the mornings, at least 3 times each week regardless of the temptation to just ‘sleep a little more’.
When I weighed 115kg, exercise meant losing that weight and going an extra mile then wasn’t a choice. I felt ugly and soggy, I wanted badly for that ‘fat’ to go away. I couldn’t even bear to take a photo of me in 2009 when I rocked that weight:
Fast forward a few years later, a series of outdoor exercise, gym and diets or outright fasting, produced this:
It is then that l came to see exercise not only for the physical well-being, but also for the mental and otherwise. It is this love and passion that gets me to go the extra mile.
Even when the excuses abound, l go
Oh, talking about excuses, we all know several of them right? Do we make them often? I mean not only when it comes to exercise but also to work or studies, relationships and life in general. So, when they just keep popping up, l silence them by telling myself l can. l cheer myself and maybe promise myself something if only l go that extra mile.
l am not an early bed timer. Where will I keep my numerous occupations, commitments, engagements and all? So, Ms. Ayo sleeps at 23.23 and my mind jumps Chronon. 4:58. Imagine that nagging voice. Oh l can feel that headache will come again. Ah, it’s still so dark outside. Oh, it’ still only 10°. Don’t you feel those sore muscles? And it seems it may rain… and on it goes. Sometimes l just let it rant for a while as I put on my clothes and lace my shoes. Once I put on my headset, all I can remember is the voice of my gym instructor cheering us back then as he chanted “Don’t give up”.
Nothing worth getting ain’t ever easy
I have tried a lot of things in my life, I can say some. But I know for example, that even yoga isn’t easy, but that fitness has so much benefits too. I learnt that not even sewing was easy. But I found great satisfaction in my dedication to finish what I started. It takes engaging, consistent and persistent action. We may or may not have the support of others. But it’s important that we are prepared to go that extra mile and no matter how hard it is, we can make it.
Get rid of the toxic thoughts and people
It starts from there. I told you how I deal with those thoughts and now this is how I deal with the people. I am an outspoken and very honest person since 2011 when l realized it wasn’t worth staying conventional and yet suffering suicidal all along. l thereby not only cut off those toxic people from my circumference. And in no-nonsense language if l have words to spare, l may as well just ignore you and let the extra mile l go shut you up.
The original post was written by Marie on her blog Marieabanga.com
What do you do to go that extra mile? When it feels like you’re climbing an uphill struggle, how do you manage?
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