Planet Ryan | Back on the horse

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a column which outlined my efforts to get healthy, which included eating “clean” and working out.

I didn’t write the column in order to solicit high fives, rather, I wanted to make sure my intentions were in print so I could hold myself accountable and follow through on my fitness and overall health goals.

The good news is that I did exactly that. I was so dead-set on getting healthy that I did everything I possibly could to get there. I’d never really done that before and I was quite proud of myself, to be honest.

But then, something happened. I could give you a list of excuses but that’s the easy way out.

My healthy outlook and unprecedented ambition slowly waned, until I was at the point where not only was I not eating healthy, I completely stopped going to the gym.

At that point, it felt like the longer I put off going back to the gym, the easier it became to convince myself that going back wasn’t in my future, and I began to accept that.

That’s when you know your situation can’t be good. When you start accepting what you think you’re destined to be, you may as well just throw in the towel.

It’s incredibly easy to make excuses, but very few out there have legitimate reasons why they can’t get healthy. I really think you have to get to a point where you want it. You just decide one day that you’re tired of being out of shape, overweight and sluggish.

That’s not what life is supposed to feel like.

It took me six months of self-convincing and prodding from caring friends, but I recently decided to jump back up on the horse. I worked out for the first time in half a year. To say it was challenging would be a massive understatement, but I hadn’t felt that good in what seemed like forever.

So, like I did last time, I’m going to state right here and now that I’m ready to do whatever needs to be done to get back where I was a year ago.

No excuses. None.

I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who once set out on the same quest and somehow wandered off the path and if that’s sounds familiar, just know that there’s truly no better time than now to start again.

One year from now, you’ll be extremely thankful for committing and equally regretful if you didn’t.

Giddy up.

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