"Stand Up and Finish What You Started"

November 16th, 2010 | Ann

Good morning, Happy Tuesday! First off – I have 42 followers! That is SO COOL!! Welcome!!

A few months ago, I contracted an eye disease – EKC – Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis. It’s basically like a bad, deep viral infection. At any rate, I had to wear glasses for MONTHS because my eyes were in such rough shape. When I would go to the gym, or run one of our 5ks, I would simply take my glasses off. It was difficult to see (duh!) but I hate working out with glasses.

Fast forward to yesterday, I had a follow-up eye appointment. The eye doctor gave me the all-clear to wear contacts 1-2x/week. I am SO EXCITED! I’ve been wearing glasses all day, every day, for 4 months. I cannot WAIT to be back in contacts, even for a few days a week. Here I am with contacts –

Yesterday, I was full of excuses. My friend Lisa had work lastnight and couldn’t make spinning. My sister is without power and came over to use our shower. The dog started gagging like he was gonna barf and I didn’t want to leave him home alone. My hips and knees are SO SORE from the 5k on Saturday. It was like, one thing after another, after another to keep me from going to the gym. But, I strapped on my shoes, and went. I didn’t want to go, and my mind was fighting and screaming with me the entire time.

I did 3.2 miles (20 minutes) on the elliptical. I thought it would be better for my sore joints. I also planned to run a mile on the treadmill. After a few minutes, I got a side ache. I slowed down and walked. My right calf was really tight. I entertained ideas of stopping because, some activity is better than NO activity, right? Then, I thought of this Biggest Loser quote –

“Stand Up and Finish What You Started”

I was gonna finish that mile. Even if I had to walk, I needed to exercise some self-discipline and persistence. I needed to prove to myself that I was strong and couldn’t just stop because I didn’t “want to” do it. I was ALREADY doing it! And the faster I went, the quicker I would finish. Not only did I run the rest of that mile (go me!), I got on the evil monster (aka the stairmaster) for a few minutes. In all, it was about 45 minutes of cardio and 555 calories burned! Here I am after the gym –

I asked Jay if that meant that going to the gym was a “habit” now, because I didn’t want to, but I still did it? I feel strong, and proud, that I pushed myself to finish – even though I didn’t want to. It motivates me to continue on this journey, even when things get tough – we need to stand up and finish what we start.

5 Responses to “"Stand Up and Finish What You Started"”

  1. JP says:

    It's so hard to do! Making time for yourself and your health. Way to go Ann.

  2. Girly Girl: Losing the Gut says:

    I love this! I think that quote from biggest loser is great. I met a friend for dinner last night and afterward I just wanted to go home, but I went to the gym and felt so much better when I left.

    I wanted you to know that I voted for you on Priorfatgirl. I remember seeing you at One Breath, One Step and you were talking about your 5k's that you're doing and I was so inspired, I hope that once I lose some more weight I am able to start something like that!

  3. Mary says:

    Good for you ANN!! This is a great post, I am so glad you finished what you started!! Your an inspiration… :)

  4. chris mcpeake says:

    great post .. good luck with your running

  5. Liz says:


    Found your blog through Prior Fat Girl and just got finished reading the archives. I'm sorry you did not win, but I will definitely be following your blog and keeping up with you. I think running 12 5ks in a year is AWESOME and I am totally stealing that idea for 2011!!! I think you are doing great and I plan to be here reading when you reach your goal!