Tenacity

As I sit here early in the morning on the first of January, a lot is coming to my mind. Do you realize I started this blog in 2008?! That just amazes me. The past four and a half years have certainly been filled with lots of ups, but also lots of downs too.

Long-time readers will know I like boxing analogies, especially when it involves the Rocky movies. It hit me this morning that I can’t say I am the best. I can’t say that I throw the strongest right hook or that I am faster on my feet than anyone else. What I can say, though, is that I have tenacity. Sometimes it may not look that way, but let me describe my thought a little more by continuing on the boxing analogy. Sometimes a boxer comes out swinging, and sometimes a boxer wins by wearing the opponent out and frustrating him through their quick feet. Finally, sometimes a boxer wins by just getting up.

This past 24 months I would say I have been hit a lot. I have been knocked down a lot. In fact, there were some who have already said the fight is over. Some have already said this more than once. Even so, I keep getting back up. Nope, you haven’t seen me throw any punches lately. Why? I lost my composure, but I knew it. I still had enough wits about me to know I couldn’t throw any punches right now and stay on my feet, so what did I do? I blocked. The punches have continued, and I haven’t been able to catch a break, but that’s okay because the blocking has allowed me to regain my composure. Do you know what that means? It means it is time to start punching again.

I didn’t go to bed last night thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, at least not any more than I normally think of what I want to do in the future. But as I sit here this morning, I realize that if I have my composure, I need to start punching again. After all, you don’t win a boxing match if all you do is get punched.

I am not going to go into the particulars of how life will change other than to say there will be appropriate eating and exercise. I am dealing with two physical problems right now, one being a congested chest and one being a pulled muscle in my side that won’t go away (thanks cough), so I will have to be cautious with the exercise, but I can do something, which is better than nothing.

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19 Responses to “Tenacity”

  1. Steve good to see you on here! I would love to see on here more and follow your journey. I sent you and event invite on fb called a Spark if you have not looked at it please do. Many of “us” that are just like you from the past 3-4 years are coming together to get sparked again.
    I hope you get feeling better soon and your muscle heals up quickly!

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  2. Something is always better than nothing Steve & NEVER GIVING UP is even more important!!! Happy New Year & you really can do this!!! Believe in yourself!

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  3. Happy New Year and all the best for 2013! I hope you are feeling better quickly!

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  4. Tenacity… Wonderful!

    Never giving up…awesome!

    Looking ford to 2013 and praying you have a blessed year.

    Continuing on in the fight with you,
    Leah

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  5. TOTALLY inspiring.

    Love the analogy so much, I’m going to absorb it for myself.

    Steve, this is going to be GREAT year!

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  6. Dang Steve,,, it’s good to see you back blogging again! I completely understand about keeping things balanced and the priorities in order. I blogged everyday like clockwork while I went low carb. I’m not a natural writer, but I loved what I was learning so much that sharing it was delightful, and it was sort-of a deprogramming tool to really drive it home to me that low carb and even ketogenic eating has a healthy place in my life. —— slowly but surely my fun habit transformed into a stressful obligation. No one in the blogosphere made me feel this way, it was just a natural progression of OCD tendencies I’d already had before blogging. So I haven’t blogged in a year and I have to admit I felt great relief after my blogging withdrawals went away. Now I’m very comfortable with low carb, no more research required, and reading and commenting seems to be all the sharing I need. ////// Don’t feel bad about gaining some weight back. With all that exercise you know your body comp. is much better than it was at that number formally! Take care Steve!

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