I used to love the exercise slogan, “No pain no gain.” To me it meant good things come through struggle. This motto, which I adopted, often posed a problem as I underwent rehabilitation for my brain injury. I wouldn’t take necessary breaks, or I pushed through the pain only to cause further injury. But most importantly, this motto helped me to not give up, to push until I healed from the injury, to lose the weight I gained during my recovery, and to learn how to live a happy and grateful life.
But recently I’ve been feeling like a quitter. I put on some weight after taking a long course of steroids. Because I was feeling so lousy, I made poor food choices and that only compounded the weight gain. Now I’m having a difficult time trying to lose these extra 25 pounds. I’m embarrassed in my appearance and in how I look in my clothes. I’m choosing to avoid social events, cancel outings, and I’m starting to think lesser of myself. The weight gain reminds me of a bad time in my life, making me want to avoid the whole thing.
I’m sharing this because I know I’m not the only person struggling with wanting to quit at something. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with health problems, a job search, or a bad relationship, don’t give up. Decide what you want to do, ask for help, have faith, and you will find your way through the difficult situation. Quitting is not an option. I, for one, will stop making excuses and put in the hard work that is required. I’ve done it before and can do it again.