The Adventures of Permanent Lifestyle Change Girl: France, July 2015, Heat, Pain, Endurance and how I got through it!

Time to get real with you. The Chateau de Blandy Les Tour was wonderful. The Opera “Don’t Worry, Be HaRpy” was gorgeous and a great collaboration. I don’t want to sound like a whiner but my last trip to France was tough! Heat, exhaustion, knee pain and obesity made it a real test of endurance for me. I KNOW that my fitness journey made it possible for me to persevere. Up until I started my fitness program, I was almost totally sedentary. All of the things that I mentioned above (except for the heat) had pretty much kept me in my bed watching TV for years. However since I started this journey, I have gotten my ass up and out of the house to go to the gym despite the pain and weariness. I know that I have to get up and move. I have to get up and live. I ain’t being no fool – I know my limitations – and I know that I have to rest, but resting and inaction are two different things. Pain is an obstacle, but for months I have pulled myself up and out to get healthy and that has given me the strength – and more importantly – the faith and belief that I can do this. It is mandatory. And that is exactly the attitude that I took to France.

I KNOW that I could not have survived that trip if I hadn’t been working out and building up my endurance and strength for the three months prior to my departure. And it wasn’t solely a matter of me being in better physical shape – it was an attitude and a confidence that all of this work has given me. It’s a lifestyle change for the betterment of my remaining existence and it must never stop. I got a lot of work to do and I have made the committment to do it for the rest of my life.

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