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And the workout of the day is

And the workout of the day is

After my first set in the gym I knew I was in for a rough one. Every set after that was a struggle, my whole body felt fatigued. My gut had me in the restroom half a dozen times over the course of the workout.

A few years back I would have left the gym after that first set, or maybe not even have gone at all. I would have stayed in bed, turned off my alarm, and told myself, “It’s alright, don’t be too hard on yourself, you have a chronic illness!” Then I would have canceled my appointments, and took an easy day in.

Today I refused. I refused to give in. I didn’t just look Crohn’s in the eyes, I destroyed it. I finished every last rep. I showed up on time and with a smile at every appointment.

So what? Just power through? That’s my secret?

I took two naps today between appointments. I got an excellent workout in. I told myself hundreds of times to be positive. I focused on staying relaxed. I focused on today, not just getting through it, but crushing it. I texted a few friends to vent and ask for support. I even took a 30 minute break to watch Netflix and turn my mind off for a minute.

No matter how healthy you are, you will have bad days with this disease. There’s a liberating difference between being aware that you have a chronic illness, and using chronic illness as an excuse. One is empowered, the other is a victim. One can take a break without guilt, the other loses self-esteem by the minute. One trusts himself, the other doubts everything. One is in control of their own life, the other has given their power away.

Posted by Nate Ohlson at October 15, 2015 12:37 am | No Comments »

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