In Your Quest for Fitness, Go Forward Anyway

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still." Below are examples of the obstacles you may face in your quest for fitness and your consistent response—to go forward anyway:

  • People around you may eat junk food and lots of it. Eat healthy food anyway.
  • If you lose weight to get fit, people may accuse you of trying to show off. Lose weight anyway.
  • Some of your friends may brag about how little sleep they need. Get eight hours of restful sleep each night anyway.
  • Your hosts may urge you to have a second or even third helping of their delicious food. Graciously decline anyway.
  • You may be tempted to indulge in a sweet treat after dinner—maybe a bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup. Have fruit anyway.
  • Your friends and family may not understand why you spend 15 minutes each day meditating and seek to remain mindful throughout your day. Meditate and be mindful anyway.
  • When eating out, you may be tempted to order the supersized meal or two sandwiches for the price of one. Despite the bargain, keep portions modest anyway.
  • You may not feel like exercising today. Exercise anyway.


Going forward, do the best you can to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. Despite your good intentions, you may fall short. Give your best efforts anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, achieving fitness is between you and your body. It was never between you and others anyway.

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Comment by Carole L. Carson on November 6, 2013 at 6:20pm

Yes indeed.  Thank you for the comment, Ted.

Comment by Ted on September 23, 2013 at 9:47am
Fitness is the better way to feel great as oppose to taking medication

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