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Jennifer Kelly I am a freelance writer, instructor and communications consultant who has worked in communications for the past seven years, in both the public and private sector. Before I focused on this full-time, I was heavily involved in the fitness industry. I was a Can-Fit-Pro fitness instructor specialist; Twist Conditioning Sport Movement level 1 & 2 trained and a YMCA strength & conditioning instructor.

Fitness has been my best passion for half of my life. At age 15, I was doing aerobics in my basement. At age 25, I trained in kickboxing and sports training and was teaching over 50 participants three times a week. By age 28, I had an offer to present at a national fitness conference and move into the industry full time.

Then, everything changed. I developed a chronic knee condition that abruptly ended my fitness career. Dealing with this has been both an emotional and physical challenge. Along the way I have learned how crucial exercise is to one's emotional wellbeing and physical health. Despite your limitations (injury, weight, health issue, etc.), exercise is critical to staying emotionally healthy and physically strong.

This blog is about how to stay healthy, both in mind and body, in spite of the obstacles — whether it be an injury, a medical condition, low confidence, or just the voice in your head telling you that you won't make it. The best source of inspiration is within yourself — I hope this blog will inspire you and me.
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Finding and Keeping your Motivation for Lifelong Health

Life is precious, but so are the people that make it so.

By Jennifer Kelly

Date posted: February 15, 2013

There are times in one’s life when a scare happens. I don’t mean the time where you almost rear ended someone, or when someone snuck up on you in the hallway. I mean those times when you experienced a “missed call.” A situation that caused your life to become seriously compromised or when you came this close to nearly losing something – or someone – you love.

I experienced this recently with a health scare involving my father. As we waited to hear how it would go, I felt like I aged five years in a matter of days. Everything that had been blurry suddenly came into sharp focus. Everything that I had previously agonized or worried about showed its true nature as being utterly miniscule. Nothing was as important as my father being well.

This scare taught me a life lesson…

I was never a “live in the moment” kind of gal. I am always living in the moment ahead. If I am in yoga, I am waiting for the next pose half way through the first. If there is a three course meal, I am thinking about the main course during the appetizer. I am driven and full of an almost hyper energy. While this energy has pushed me forward when I needed it, it has not allowed much opportunity to enjoy a certain moment; to truly savor my surroundings, to reflect on how I feel during a particular situation.

It was during my scare with my father that I learned to see that it was time to change this. To appreciate the moments that are filled with the precious people in my life. It is a guarantee these moments pass…that the next time together the moments won’t look the same and could be better or worse. Or, that the people filling those moments may not even be present next time or will have dramatically changed.

But no matter what, it is far better to enjoy the moments while they are here; to lavish the time while we have it. I am not just talking about special occasions like holidays and birthdays. I mean the most basic times what we all take for granted. Those seemingly insignificant times that eventually we look back on and realize we would give anything to experience again.

For me, it’s just hugging my father, or him bugging me to sing all the time…what are yours?

Figure them out. Write them down. Pledge to look at them differently. Commit to cherishing them. Accept that – no matter how mundane they may seem – it is these very moments you will want back the most.

Life is precious…but what makes it so are the people that share it with us; the people that give us the strength, guidance and love we need to survive the bleakness. Become a ‘moment person’ when you are with these people. Relish their presence, savor the most insignificant chats and linger when you say goodnight. Remember it is these people who define the best things in our lives.

I will close with a favorite line of mine from Keane:

“I think you know
Because it’s old news
The people you love
Are hard to find
So I think if I
Were in your shoes
I would be kind”

-Keane “Broken Toy.”

Enjoy your precious moments and the people that define them.


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