So I follow a bunch of fitness pages on facebook for both education and motivation. One of the people I follow, Natalie Jill, is a 42-year old fitness instructor. She is also a mother and has Celiac’s disease. And she currently looks like this.
I have a few health problems that can interfere with my ability and motivation to work out. So I try to surround myself with reminders that there are other people who also struggle with medical problems, but still find the time and motivation to work out. My favorite examples are Dustin Carter and Caleb Smith, who were competitive wrestlers despite having no arms and no legs (sorry about the fuzzy photo of Caleb, it was the best I could find:
Both of these kids not only find time to work out, but are competitive athletes. They do not play with any handicaps either. They compete with fully capable opponents who have all their limbs intact. They aren’t getting any brakes, and they don’t want them.
Another guy I take inspiration from is C.T. Fletcher. In his own words, Fletcher was raised by a “super religious, super strict pentecostal preacher, who in his spare time used to beat the fuck out of me.” A few years back, Fletcher had to have emergency open-heart surgery. The former 300+ lbs. power lifter went down to 190 lbs after his surgery. It took him two years to recover. He now has an artificial valve in his chest, and takes various medications for complications related to his surgery. Nonetheless, Fletcher continues to work out and trains people at his gym. As Fletcher would say, “it’s still your motherfucking set.”
Looking at these stories reminds me that if these people can push through their medical conditions to be physically fit, I can too. Whatever bad physical vibes I’m having on any given day, I know that somewhere out there, there’s someone who is dealing with something worse that is still managing to find ways to work out and be fit.
Which is just a long-winded way of saying: if they can push through the pain, so can I.