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 😉


Chance It

Every moment in your life has lead you to where you are at right now and has helped to mold who you are today. Everything we do, we do by chance. Today I read is National Take a Chance Day and I thought that’s been my motto for quite sometime. It’s always been my thought that I’d rather look back and think at least I tried rather than I didn’t even try at all.


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Chances can be scary but they can be incredibly satisfying as well. What have you been afraid to try? Is there a place you want to travel? Do it. Want to learn a new hobby? What are you waiting for? Ready to finally break that bad habit? You can do it! Or maybe there’s someone special you’ve been wanting to meet…introduce yourself, say hello! Take a Chance because you just never know.

Tomorrow is never promised so do it today. Take the chance, I promise, there won’t be any regrets and there won’t be a question of what if? Today might be National Take a Chance Day but everyday is a day of Chance….good luck!

To New Beginnings

While working out today someone made mention that there sure were a lot of people joining the gym…did they realize that New Year’s started over a month ago? And I thought, but why should they have to wait and start in eleven months to start on the new them today? Good for them for having the courage to start something some people will never have the courage to do once.

Maybe that’s the problem, we are always obsessed with our “New Year’s” Resolutions, that we think it’s only then we can make a change. But really in a year from now, no matter when you started, won’t you be glad you took that step to a better you when YOU decided to. Perhaps it isn’t New Year’s Resolutions we should be striving for but for New Beginnings. bd90ac0ea543c17642b53af92986437f

New Beginnings can start whenever you are ready…today, tomorrow, the next day, even a month from now or later, you choose. They begin when you are ready to undertake your next step in your life. Never let anyone discourage you by saying the time will have to wait. This applies to all areas of life really…fitness, goals, dreams, even love. New Beginnings can happen at any time and at any place.

What are you waiting for? Whatever it is and whoever you are, believe, this is only the start. Here’s to you and your New Beginnings.