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Struggling Through It
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014 3:08 PM

I sustained various and sundry injuries today and have been left feeling as if I’ve been tossed about in a washing machine. During the process of sustaining my injuries, I cried out for help…you know “Help!” Funny thing is; the person to whom I cried out gave no aid. So I was left to manage unassisted. It was difficult. I felt as though I might not be able to make it through my personal trauma, but am happy to say, I’m in one piece, though scraped, bruised and slightly twisted.

Such it is with so many struggles; we may feel not up to the task and we need help. Maybe help is a calorie counter, a workout buddy, money for gym membership, a new set of DVD’s. Maybe help is a trainer, a new pair of shoes, new workout clothes or a new diet. Whatever the help is, for which we call, the help may or may not be the answer and in some cases, may not be available in our time of need.

So, what to do? Today, I struggled through a painfully difficult moment in time and am grateful I truly did live to tell the tale. I learned that, although “the struggle makes you stronger”, it’s important to practice that struggling in advance so when put to the test, you’re ready to withstand a real life challenge. When no one will come to support and assist, you need a back-up plan. If you can’t afford that gym membership; use the local park. If you don’t have a workout buddy; ask a neighbor, or post on your Facebook page to find one. If you can’t afford the new shoes; run in the sand or grass.

When your first call for help goes unanswered, call again, and this time, you pick up the phone. Don’t wait on someone else to come to your aide. They may not be there for you. YOU be there for you! And you know what? Bruises heal. Cuts and scrapes mend. Things that once were twisted can become straight and perfected. Our bodies are amazing! Bodies can perform various and sundry activities. Discover one or more that you love and start to practice your personal struggling. That way, when the real life struggle comes along, you’ll be ready for it.

Sally Windham is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor in Blanco, TX. Please send questions and comments to

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