A Turning Point

This week I turned the corner.

In the past, anytime I found myself in a gym setting, I remained uncomfortable. I always felt like—no matter how kind people were—they looked at me like I didn’t belong. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t seem to fit into that setting. I was an outsider who couldn’t fit in.

That has all changed.

When I went in for my workout on Monday, I felt like I fit in just as much as anyone else. I’m really not sure what’s different—except me.

This time around I’m looking at this experience as the start of a new way of doing life. I’m not looking for shortcuts or a “diet” to get my weight down where I want it to be. Going to the gym is now something I do—like going to lunch with friends.

It also feels like something I can keep doing, instead of using it as the means to an end.

How about you? What’s keeping you from making fitness part of your life?

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Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. In keeping up with the leading edge of al things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her first book, Social Media Marketing for Writers took less than a month to move into the best-seller category on Amazon. As a sought after writing instructor, her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. Edie is also the Social Media Coach for My Book Therapy. She’s a member of numerous professional writing organizations, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, The Christian Writer’s View I and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also a regular contributor on NovelRocket.com, a Writers Digest top 101 websites for writers, as well as a regular columnist in Southern Writers Magazine. Married 30+ years to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

2 thoughts on “A Turning Point”

  1. Great post. For me the biggest obstacle is eating healthy. It is cheaper to eat bad food then healthy food when you are on a fixed income. But i am finding i can cut back alot.

  2. WTG Edie. Wrapping my head around the issue has been the biggest struggle for me. I’m starting to change the way I think about eating healthy. Foods aren’t good or bad. I make choices and try to have balance. Similar to what you were saying about exercise, I can’t avoid certain foods until I achieve my goal weight. I’ll feel deprived and go OOC (out of control). Everything in moderation–this is a life-long journey. We can do it, Edie! Keep going!

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