Play the cards you’re dealt

While on social media the other day, a post from a celebrity trainer caught my attention, made me think, and re-evaluate how we view our journeys.

Jeanette Jenkins’ post read “someone could take the same cards you’ve been dealt, and win with it.”

Let that sink in.

This is the Instagram post that made me think.

Someone, with the same schedule, obstacles, problems, history, money, children… could still make their health a priority.

Even if you think the message is a little harsh, it is 100 percent spot on.

Think about it, and be honest with yourself.

When it comes to committing to a healthier lifestyle, there is no shortage excuses when our heart really isn’t in it. Work. The kids. The spouse. Dinner. Laundry. I can’t afford a gym membership. I can’t afford healthy food. I don’t have time to be healthy.

Believe me. I’ve used a few on that list.

CCC 2010 family
Me (in the middle) at nearly my heaviest weight of 260 pounds. Crescent City Classic New Orleans, 2010.

The truth is, my crazy schedule and long list of responsibilities didn’t change, but making my health a priority did. You’ve heard the saying, you make time for what you want to make time for?  It’s true. There’s another saying, that if you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll have to make time for illness. That’s true, too.

Take my friend and co-worker Kristen. She gets up in the middle of the night for work. After a full shift, she squeezes in a workout. Then, gets the kids from school, then to practice, then home for dinner. And finally to bed to repeat the cycle all over again. There’s another friend of mine, Melissa. She’s a mother of FOUR boys, works a full time job as a news anchor, and manages not to miss a workout. And there are American heroes like Noah Galloway. He lost an arm AND leg in war, but kept his fitness a priority, and graced the cover of Men’s Health Magazine.

I share these stories to remind you that God knows the cards you’ve been dealt. He also knows he created a champion inside you. So, be who you are, and win with your deck.