Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You are not the only one.....

About two weeks ago I was in the gym on a Saturday night, there wasn't an extreme amount of people in there but there was a nice little group in the weight room. I usually don't talk to anyone while I workout, actually you will rarely even find me making eye contact or even noticing what anyone else is doing. I prefer to get in, do my thing, and get out.

 On this night though I did notice someone, he was probably in his mid twenties, not too tall but built well for his size. I noticed him while I was doing some wood choppers on the cable machine. The reason I noticed him was because he was doing one handed pull ups on the squat rack. I thought to myself DAMN one handed pull ups! I looked at him with envy for a bit then moved on to my next exercise and didn't give it much thought.

Awhile later I noticed the same guy, this time it was for a different reason....... I noticed him because he only had one hand. I didn't know what to think at first, I started to watch him as he worked out and he was doing everything that anyone else in that gym could do and even more.

Have you ever thought that you were the only one in the world who was struggling? The only one who had to adapt? Have you ever asked yourself why me? Told yourself it isn't fair?

The fact of the matter is I CHOSE all the decisions that got me to my current state of health. I wasn't dealt a bad hand, I just decided to go all in when all I had was nothing but a bluff going on. That guy in the gym most likely didn't have a choice about his situation but he persevered, he came out on top. Why? Because he wanted to, because he chose to. I know for a fact that things that happen to me in my childhood have contributed to my current state but I also know I am way past the point of assigning blame to anyone. I am at a point where I control my destiny.

You are not the only who is in this battle but you are the only one who can choose what happens next....


7 comments:

Patty @ A Day in My NYC said...

A very powerful post and realization :)

A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes said...

Excellent post, Alan! What an inspiration!

FattyBoobaLatty said...

Wow, thank you for this post. I needed this today, this week, this month, every day.

KCLAnderson (Karen) said...

You rock Alan...I have to say that your perseverance has been an inspiration to me...

H Hanna said...

Awesome post.

Yum Yucky said...

I love this story. And I also love your positive attitude about where you are right now and what you've been through. You've taken accountability and don't play the blame game. Alan, you WILL accomplish your goals. You're just that kinda guy. ;)

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