Motivation I Found You

About a year and half ago I was running in a 5k when I felt a pain in my knee I had never felt before. At the time I was about 2 miles in so at least I was closer than not to the finish line but at that moment it really felt a long way. I powered through the pain walking letting it subside, some what, then pick up running and it would hurt worse. What seemed liked an eternity I finally crossed the finish line, and limped my way to the vehicle. When I got home and couldn’t even change out of my clothes without crying out in pain I was for sure I had torn something in my knee. But being a little stubborn I waited until Monday to go in to the walk-in Orthopedic and see what I’d have to do. Fearing the absolute worst I was surprised I had not torn a thing but I had flared up my IT Band in my knee. I was also told that it was something that could go away eventually, might come back one day or might continue to have some pain. Thankfully the pain went away but after that I was a little timid to jump back into running so I started slacking at it. 

Cardio had been something I’d been doing for years when all of a sudden I had the fear of the pain coming back holding me back. My strength training increased but my motivation to run had some what disappeared. 

Recently I told myself I really need to start training again for I want to do the Go Far Challenge again at the Fargo Marathon and run the 5k and the 10k. But for some reason I lacked the motivation I once had, that was until recently.

Last week I went into my gym, Anytime Fitness, and found myself getting one of their new heart rate monitors. Who knew such a little object could be the exact motivation I needed! First off I had a little fun with the staff at the 45th Street Anytime Fitness location figuring out my nickname…hey if you’re going to do it might as well have some fun so in the end it was decided and so you know, when you see “Big Pimpin Zee” up on the screen at the gym, that’s me! 

However, I digress, back to the point, so Thursday after I got it I went into the gym for the first time in a long time to just get on the treadmill. You see the treadmill and I have a long history of not always getting along so I’ll often use it for a bit then jump on the elliptical or AMT machine to finish my cardio but surprisingly not this time. 

I talked with the manager in the South Moorhead location who excitedly told me I’d be blown away with how much it will get me to push myself. You see the idea is you see where your heart rate is during your workout and try to reach the percentage of where the color on the TV screen in front of you is orange. My plan was run ten minutes and then move onto the next thing. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and realized I was already a half hour in! Even before my IT Band flared up I barely was on the treadmill. I had never been that excited about what I had done on the treadmill in my life. Not only that after my workout was completed an email was sent to give me a summary of my workout, how many calories I had burned and it gave me points. 


This new little heart rate monitor is a workout game changer for me and I don’t say that lightly at all. It has inspired me to get in three runs already since I got it last Wednesday and I’m already planning my next workout with it for tomorrow. 

Finding that inspiration, finding that motivation for anything in life is so important and sometimes it comes at just the right moment. The heart rate monitor for me could not have come at a more perfect moment. My gym always surprises me and continuously find ways that inspire me and keeps me going. They are my gym family and I love them for helping to always keep me going no matter what! 

If you feel you’re in a slump of any kind and in any aspect of your life, it might be time to ask those around you for that little push. You might find that sometimes it’s the little things, like the heart rate monitor, that will give you the drive once again to go after your goals. 

This is the year to believe, to believe anything can happen. Make it your year I know it’s my plan to make it mine, now go out there…make it happen and believe! I know “Big Pimpin Zee” believes ūüėČ

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Why I love Fargo

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Tomorrow it’s suppose to be a high of four below with a wind chill of forty below…FORTY BELOW, no joke. How many times have I been asked, why do you live in Fargo, North Dakota? What is there in Fargo? Truth is I have asked myself why do I live here a few times. It was during my Freshmen year of college at, Concordia¬†in Moorhead, Minnesota, where we got incredible amounts of snow and walking to class was miserable, that I thought for the first time, there is no way I’m living here after I graduate college.

A few years later, here I am…not just living here but I have since moved back. I took a one year sabbatical, as I like to call it, from Fargo to Iowa and back again. Glad I ventured out and experienced something else for a change but there is something about Fargo, it can draw you in.

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4 Time National Championship NDSU Bison Football Team

It’s a growing city, that expands almost by the second. It has a thriving night life, too many restaurants to count, sports teams; like the Four Time National Championship Bison Football team, the Fargo Force Hockey team, Redhawks Baseball, a nationally known Marathon (Fargo Marathon) that is traveled to and ran by people all over the world. Not only that it has a vast market of job opportunities. It really is more verse than people would believe.

For all those reasons I love Fargo, but¬†it’s the people I love the most. This community is remarkable and has some of the most caring and welcoming people I have ever met in my life. There is something to be said about “Fargo Nice”, “Minnesota Nice” & “North Dakota Nice”.

Giving Hearts Day is a prime example of that “Nice”. Around this time every year in February, for eight years now, there is a day that is devoted to giving to charities throughout the state of North Dakota and some of Minnesota.

But the “catch”, as we shall call it, is that all donations of $10 or more up to $4,000 will be matched to whatever charity you give to. What an INCREDIBLE and AMAZING event to happen for all these worthy causes. 289 charities benefited this year from one day. ¬†Last year over $5.6 million dollars total was donated and this year it surpassed that number with over $6 million donated. One day, one small part of our country unites to one common goal…to help those more deserving than ourselves.

It’s a day of selflessness and as the name says a day of giving. Around Fargo it was a buzz all day with different activities going on that anyone could get involved with to bring awareness to their certain cause. And involved did the community get.

I myself was fortunate to get word about an event happening only a few blocks from work, the TNT Kid’s Fitness was holding their first ever Trampoline-A-Thon with a live webcast for people to view. Businesses and volunteers around the Fargo-Moorhead area were asked to join if able for this fun filled event. How could I not be a part of this.

BOB at TNT 2For those who are unaware of what TNT’s Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics is, their Mission Statement is as follows:

“TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics is organized for the purpose of providing all boys and girls, regardless of age, financial, mental or physical ability the opportunity to experience the benefits of gymnasts and fitness while becoming part of our family of athletes. The officers, directors, staff and volunteers are committed to helping children to reach full potential through utilization of exercise or the sport of gymnastics to encourage expanded opportunities.” (http://www.tntkidsfitness.com/about-us/why-tnt/)

Walking in we were greeted and welcomed over the speaker system and you immediately felt at ease¬†as everyone clapped for you as you entered. But it wasn’t just us who got that treatment, it was everyone who walked through that door. It’s a special place that holds their arms open for everyone and there is no judgement, they know that each and every person there is important and perfect just the way they are.

We got to bounce on the trampolines, volunteers trading back and forth and there wasn’t one person there who didn’t have a smile on their face.¬†But the moment that made me realize the most what this was all about was the moment when I was asked if I would bounce next to one of the kids who benefits from the donations. His name was Rocus (spelling?) and he was in a wheelchair, he could not say much but you knew he was thrilled to be there. When I asked him if it was okay if I bounced with him, his enthusiastic response was “YEEEAAAHHH”. FullSizeRender1His caretaker jumped with him and I right next to them and I wish I could describe the sound Rocus made when they began to bounce. If you ever wanted to hear the pure, innocent sound of joy, I’m pretty sure that was it. His squeals of joy were contagious and you just wanted to keep on bouncing forever just to hear that sound of joy he was making. It was a special moment that I know¬†I’ll forever cherish. Him and so many other kids were¬†why we were doing what we were doing.

The half hour we were there flew by and it didn’t seem enough but to them it was everything. That was only one story yesterday out of 289 causes. Many more stories, many more moments were felt and experienced through out Fargo, Moorhead, North Dakota and Minnesota and it made my heart happy to think what a difference everyone out there was making.

Here in Fargo, it’s a community that cares. It’s a community that Gives of themselves day in and day out, time after time. Giving Hearts Day is one day that is recognized for the love¬†that goes on around here in Fargo but honestly it never stops it continues each and everyday.

So when someone asks me why do I love Fargo, why do I live here? Because of the caring, giving, warm and most of all loving people.

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