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Jun 11, 201511:31 AMOpen Mic

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Conquering that negative voice and getting fit

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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 that 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.


The descriptive “challenge” in the title of this event at one moment sounds competitive, but I feel no competition between me and my fellow participants. But, since the start, I have been fighting the challenge of motivational entropy. I, like tens of thousands of others, have tried/wished to lose weight for some time. My hyper-motivated friends will tell me one of my first mistakes is to “try or wish.” I must commit, they remark off-handedly. These are good and caring friends, but “Just do it” was never an effective motivator for me. The question is, what is or what will be?

How often?

How often have I had a doughnut, a cookie, two candy bars, only to chastise myself and “commit” to not do that again?

How often have I laid out my workout clothes the night before, only to return to the comforting warmth of my bed?

TOMORROW! MONDAY! THE FIRST OF THE MONTH! How often do the artificial standards of beginning fall to the reality of inaction in the end?

How often? Always — so far. And that’s my shining beacon of hope. I do not give up. But as I age, my intervals of inaction are easier to rationalize than when I was a younger.


Aging. The biggest rationalization. I KNOW of the studies touting the multitude of exercise-related benefits even as I age. ESPECIALLY as I age. And yes, there are potential issues of joint problems and being aware that my heart may not be healthy enough for strenuous exercise … blah blah blah. By and large, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. But see if these thoughts are also part of your rationalization regime:

  • This is who I am. If a stranger doesn’t like the way I look, that’s their problem.
  • I’m 62+. I’m entitled to not work so hard at this point in my life.
  • If my tight pants bother me, I should go buy bigger pants!

If it were only that easy. Because it isn’t that easy, is it? Every little rationalization serves not to reinvigorate me, but focus attention on “not being good enough.” My personal and perpetuating motto.


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