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Your Size Is Not The Reason…

Your Size Is Not The Reason…

So I’m standing at the top of this Mayan ruin in Mexico taking photos of some of the vast jungle scenery surrounding us before Ross yells at me to come away from the edge (bearing in mind I had at least 3 metres lee way before I was in any danger of plunging to my untimely demise – it appears he’s afraid of heights…)…

Anyway… I’m standing there watching people climbing Coba, I strongly recommend anyone going to Mexico in the next year to do this as it’s the one ruin that is still open to climb to the top… Soon it will join Chichen Itza (the iconic city built by the Maya People which is the typical Mexican Postcard image you’ve probably seen on the Internet, apart from the beach pics obviously)… it will be closed for restoration and once this happens you’ll only be able to stand at the bottom and take pictures of its wonderment.

So the people climbing Coba with us that day… All different ages, some young, some old, some who clearly stayed active and others who I was actually astonished made it to the top… At least 75% of the people with us were overweight, and I’m not talking a little overweight I’m talking massively overweight… Just walking along to the temple itself had them huffing and puffing yet here they were taking it slowly, step by step climbing to the top… I was in complete awe and it sparked a conversation between Ross and I…

So many people refrain from exercise because they say they are too big… I’m calling this now as bullshit… Having seen those people climb that temple (and by the way Ross and I were breathless at the top, it was a steep climb of 120 big steps), I’m calling you out… Your size does NOT stop you, your head does…

Your head tells you you’re big so people will look and judge you… If you find the right place the people there won’t even notice you, you’re there to get fitter and healthier just like them…

Your head tells you that it will be tough and you won’t be able to do the exercises so what’s the point… Sure it will be tough, you’re carrying additional weight and your body will get tired and it will be sore… There will also be things you can’t do, one because your mobility is impaired and two because if you have a coach who actually gives a shit, they will stop you from doing any high impact work so as to avoid strain on the knees, etc… There is always an alternative!

The cold hard truth is that you don’t want it badly enough, you don’t want to face the pain, you don’t want to believe that you can actually get fitter and healthier, you don’t want to believe that you can fit in with a group of people of all shapes and sizes all on the same mission…

You need to think hard… Think hard about your daily pain and ask yourself if you truly want to walk away from it… If you are willing to do whatever it takes… You must shift your mindset to view the healthier and fitter you like those people saw the perfect view from the top of a Mayan ruin… It is there, right in front of you, you just have to face your fears, face your challenges and its there…

Get out walking… Get out on a bike…. Join a group… Whatever it is that you need to do… Take the challenge head on and whether it’s this year or next that you get to the top of that temple, you’ll certainly appreciate the view and you’ll get a whole new perspective…

S x

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