Setbacks are a big part of life, especially when it comes to exercising. You finally start working out and you are a week in and BAM! Something happens that derails you and the track you were on. You were doing really good too. So now what? Do you just stop? You cannot control everything, but you can control how you handle it. When I have life throwing things at me, I don’t lay in bed and watch Netflix, I workout. I start every morning with a run. If I don’t run, my day feels very “off”. Endorphins help me feel better. People have asked me why I run every morning and the answer I give is “what if I don’t run today and tomorrow something happens when I can’t run? Then that is two days I haven’t got to run and it could turn into three days” I don’t want it to turn into a week. What is I get hurt or something major happens where I can never run or workout again? Set backs can be minor like not being able to find a babysitter and tomorrow is a new day, but setbacks can be major like a broken arm or another health issue. A few years ago I was training for my first full marathon and everything was going great. One morning I woke up with a headache and the left side of my tongue was numb. No big deal, right? I did not think so and I went to a concert that night, I continued to run. A week later I woke up with another headache and later that day when I was putting my hair into a ponytail I noticed that not only was my tongue still numb, but now the left side of my head and face was numb also. Now it was time to text my doctor. She suggested an MRI and I got it scheduled and continued to train. My full marathon was coming up fast and I needed to be ready. I went for my MRI with only 2 weeks left before I was to run 26.2. I sat in the doctors office to find out I had a brain bleed. One week before I was to run a full marathon I was told if I ran it I could raise my blood pressure and I could die. Thank God for the team of doctors and my husband. I left the doctor’s office in tears because I had worked so hard to get to that point and I had it all taken away. I was scheduled to see the neurologist for the Pittsburgh Steelers the week after the marathon, but couldn’t do anything, but walk. My doctor told me I could walk the 26.2 miles I trained so hard for so I could run it, but it was better than nothing at that point. The day of the marathon came and I promised I wouldn’t run it, but I didn’t keep my promise (well I sort of did). I ran the first 13.1 miles all while people who were tracking me were sending me text messages yelling at me because they knew I was running. I did walk the second half of the marathon because I did feel like I was risking a lot. I survived the marathon and the next week I headed to Pittsburgh to meet with my neurologist. He told me I had a cerebral cavernous malformation. It was something I was born with, but it was never found. He also told me that it had clotted itself. My brain stopped itself from bleeding. I have been back for a follow-up and I know that if I ever have numbness again I need to get to Pittsburgh immediately for surgery. Only a few close friends ever knew of this happening to me because I am not the type of person to let people know everything in my life, but I feel like maybe now people should know this. Know there will be set backs, whether they are physical, mental, or emotional, it will happen. You have to work through them. You have to continue on your fitness journey. Once again there is no magic pill to help you lose the weight or get off of the pills you might be taking for other health reasons. You have to put in the time and effort if you want to see the results. It does not come easy, if it did everyone would be doing it. Notice though many people quit when it gets hard or they don’t see results after a week or two? Be the person who continues to move forward even when it is tough. That is how you get results.