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Jul 23, 201512:44 PMOpen Mic

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Starting and stopping and starting again

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2015 Get Fit Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 21. This week, IB checks in with John Ganahl, general manager for Air-Lec Industries LLC, who is competing in the individual challenge.

If you’re reading this blog for examples of days at the gym, sweat expended, and weight lost, you may come away disappointed. My hope in writing this will be to admit, I start … I fail. I start again … I fail again. There are always reasons. Good reasons. But the rationalization of failure is one of the most insidious prospectors, mining the bedrock of my self-esteem. I will speak only for myself, though many of you may hear your own voice in my words.


April 1, 2015 — Oh, wait. That was the day I was supposed to START this fitness competition! Nope. Didn’t happen. Some cruel April Fool’s Day joke played on me.

May 1, 2015 — Oh, wait. THAT was my fall back date for starting this fitness competition. Nope. That didn’t happen either, though I MAY have exercised one day in May.

June 1, 2015 —Okay, I started! Well, I started jogging slowly because I am prone to injury. But you know what? Today (the 11th) I took off and MISSED IT! Something’s happenin’ here and it ain’t quite exactly clear! There’s a man with a gun in his hand … Now I won’t get THAT song out of my head!


I do have an overall target in mind for my weight, but I am focusing on interim targets, like by the end of this week for a specific number. I’m trying not to look at it as a “lump” sum. I know, I know. This is not new or news. Set smaller, attainable goals and give a reward for making it.

Finally … maybe

I FINALLY reached one of those interim goals! Congratulations to me! Now, let’s go have some pie! Isn’t that how it goes sometimes, if not most times? I suppose not if you’re one of those overachievers or just someone who has finally made the commitment. And don’t get me wrong, in no way do I intend to lessen another’s achievement through the lament of my own struggle. As I wrote in the initial blog on this topic, I am only responsible for myself and barely that. When I see someone succeed at this or any challenging goal I am his or her biggest cheerleader. But I’m not the kind of person who says, “If you could do it, then so can I.” Nor am I motivated by stories of tremendous odds overcome. I am happy for those people but my personal demons are as real and imposing as anyone else’s.


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