Which Pain Will You Choose?

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

– Mandy Hale

Two and a half years ago at Intrigue, I walked up and down the steps to the second floor of our office a couple times. This was nothing out of the ordinary, just a regular day, going up and down the stairs. But something felt different. I was out of breath. I didn’t have anything major wrong with me, at least, for now, but this wasn’t a good sign.

Since then, the one thing that was consistent about my health journey was that it was inconsistent. I tried different diets and exercise routines, and I had a couple of good phases where I got in shape for a bit, but nothing really stuck.

I hate running, or at least I used to hate it. I quit soccer in grade eight because I always had to play midfielder. Midfielders run the whole length of the field the whole game. That’s why I quit.

Over the past year or so, I’ve watched my team member Paul make tough decisions to eat well and exercise consistently. Watching him stay accountable to his exercise plan, as well as turn down sweets, carbs, and craft beer during the work week inspired me to make similar decisions. That leads to the next part of this story.

I started up a routine near the end of the summer where I would work out on an elliptical in our basement. I figured that this was the best environment to work out in, because it had the least amount of barriers to get to it. I could do it at night or during the day, in the rain or in the snow. Everything was good for a month, until one of the rods on the pedal broke.

When it broke, the easiest thing to do was to start running. I started in the end of September, and I’ve been jogging three times a week since. I figured, if I can run during the winter, I can pretty much do anything. It’s not easy, and my lungs burned after the first couple jogs in the cold, but I’m getting used to it.

I went to my nurse practitioner for a routine checkup last week. After she took my heart rate, she asked me if I do a lot of cardio. I let her know about my weekly jogs. She said that my resting heart rate was lower than the average person’s heart rate, and that this was good.

I was thrilled to hear this, and equally surprised at how thrilled I was about it. For me, this lifestyle means that I will be able to keep up with my daughter as she continues to grow.

It’s the beginning, but it’s exciting. Sharing this with the world will help keep me accountable to continuing with this lifestyle, and jogging on the -20 degrees Celsius mornings to come in February. I can’t wait!

Whether in health, learning, business, or leadership, there is pain in growth, and pain in being stagnant.

Which pain will you choose?


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