Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Ten years ago: I lost my father.
Seven years ago: I read the words, "Stronger Than Yesterday."
I came across the phrase at the perfect moment, just when I needed it most. Those three little words carry such power and meaning to me.
A few years after my father's passing in 2010, I regularly exercised while still struggling with his loss. Fitness was something my father was passionate about. I had no idea; fitness would later become my life.
As I first read the words "stronger than yesterday," the phrase brought about a realization in me. I realized that I am a work in progress. I may not have been where I wanted to be, mentally, emotionally, or physically; still, as I invested daily into becoming happier and healthier, I was making progress. I was, without a doubt stronger than yesterday. I found myself repeating those three little words over and over. For many years, it was my daily reminder to keep going.
To me, exercise is time spent investing in myself, so I have more to give others. It's 45 minutes, maybe 60 minutes of pushing myself to new limits. It becomes an outlet for all emotions: happiness, sadness, frustration, anger, confusion, whatever it may be, exercise helps. It's proving to myself all that my mind and body are capable of accomplishing. Watching myself work hard, going through physical and mental barriers, and becoming stronger has got to be one of the most rewarding things.
I am sharing this little story with hopes that maybe Stronger Than Yesterday Fitness will be your reminder to keep going. You are stronger than you think!