The Ups And Downs of Life

The ups and downs of life are something that we all face no matter how rich or poor, how healthy or unhealthy. We all experience it.

Over the last few weeks, in fact the last year I’ve been trying to get fitter and healthier but when I thought I was making progress I then hit a slump.

I could tell you it was because of work, or family committments or whatever excuse I could come up with. However the reality is that its all down to me and my choices.

I can choose to sit in front of a computer doing work or checking social media posts. I could be out walking or even lifting some weights. It’s my choice.

I also know that life is not as simple as that and we all have to put food on the table and pay our bills so we need to work.

This afternoon I was listening to a speech by Denzel Washington who was telling a graduation class on how they will fail before the succeed. In fact, you need to fail in order to succeed in some cases.

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It’s about perseverance and wanting to achieve your goals and amibitions but only you can do it. Only you can make the decision to work out, or not eat that bar or chocolate or even eat that bar of chocolate.

You need to do what is right for you and what makes you feel happy and live with the consequences.

What I would say though, is don’t beat yourself up about it and that’s weird because that’s what I actually do. Bit hypocrtical eh?

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I’m fortunate that I am surrounded by supportive people and with all different areas of life experience. I have friends who support me in my fitness fight, my eating habits and those who are going through the same sort of thing.

I suppose what I’m getting at is that on our journey we will have ups and downs so expect them and don’t let them get to you.

Published by Steve McKenzie

Old dad looking to get back in the dojo, fix his busted heart, lose some weight and provide for his family.

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