I was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip after almost a year of doctor appointments, two MRI’s, physical therapy and lots of pain and frustration. I mean, I m as healthy as they come, what gives? Well, even bad things, can happen to fit and healthy people. At some point our bodies wear down, are predisposed to particular conditions or simply age. While none of this is fun, it’s a reality and happens to the best of us.

After being in a bit of denial for a while, trying to work around it and even pretend that I could still do all the same activities I’ve always done, I came to the realization that I needed to change things up for my own good. I was told I will need a hip replacement eventually, but how soon is up to me. I’ve given up running (other than a mild jog with my dog,) sprinting, jumping, racing and have made some changes to my weight lifting routine. Giving these things up have been depressing and have left me frustrated and unchallenged.

Change can be hard no matter what. When you have found something that you love and that is effective for you, it’s hard to stop doing it or do things differently.  However, sometimes change is inevitable and required in order to move forward in life and continue to be your best. Because I believe in being my best always, I needed to embrace change and find something new that meets my ongoing need to be challenged, have fun and continue to be fit and healthy.

Realizing you need to change and actually doing it are two totally different things. Most people know they need to make a change,  say they need to change, but unfortunately never really move on it. Not me! Just two weeks ago I told myself that I wanted to get back into tennis. I played in high school, loved the level of competitiveness, loved that it was outdoors and thought it would be less impactful then my running.

Within days of making my decision to change my activities and take on a new sport, I hired a tennis pro for private lessons, applied for membership through the USTA, attended evening drop in trainings and have been ranked by a pro for placement in a league. You see, I believe that in order for things to happen, you have to make them happen. You have to make yourself a priority and go for what you want or you will never move forward, reach your goals or change. And waiting for things to change, procrastinating or making excuses will only keep you from realizing your dreams.

So if you are “stuck in a rut'” need to make a change for health reasons, aren’t being challenged, are bored or just want to change things up, then just do it. Figure out what you want, make a plan, and go get it!

 

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