Today I Saw A One Legged Man Walking His Dog

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Monday’s are my reporting day. It’s the day where I get up early and sit in front of my laptop tracking and comparing all our key performance indicators in the gym for the previous week.

I started doing it a couple of weeks into January of this year and I’m kicking myself I didn’t do it sooner because it gives me SO much clarity around what’s going on in RevFit.

Sure, there’s a bucket load of data and lots of fiddling around with spreadsheets, but the bit of pain is worth it for the result. HOWEVER… by the end of it I just want to get out into nature for some fresh air – usually with Lizzie (and Sarah – but she’s in London right now).

Anyway – this morning I was out walking Lizzie and I noticed across the road, a man on crutches who’d had his leg amputated above the knee, WALKING HIS DOG.


It was one of the coolest and most heartening things I’ve seen in a while.

The dog, a gorgeous little white Bichon Frise, was just bopping along with its head held high, doing that little strut they do, not a care in the world.

The man, ploughing along on crutches, was moving along quite swiftly as the dog sniffed, looked, and did all the things a dog does while out walking.

(sidebar: one of the reasons why I’ve fallen so in love with dogs recently is because they just don’t care – they don’t care how your day has been, or if you’re rich, or if you’ve nice clothes, or if ugly or beautiful…

..​.all they care about​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ is that when you home, they get to burst with joy and show you how much they missed you)

Moving back on track, this man, and his dog, they reminded me of something I’d forgotten, and gave me an important lesson to share with you today.
Whatever happens, you just used to it and get on with it.

It applies across every area of life if you think about it.​​​​​​​

Not in the gym? You get used to arriving home from work exhausted and flopping on the couch.

Did you get fat? You get used to eating junk food and not exercising. It’s your new normal.

Leave the office every night at 8pm? It sucked at the start, but now you’re used to it. You might not be HAPPY about it, but you’re used to it.

Just joined a gym? It’s hard at the start but soon you’ll be used to the positive ​change in your routine.​​​​​​​​

Eating better food and lots of veg? I bet it took a bit of effort initially, but after a few weeks, and eventually months, it’s just normal. No big deal. Used to it.

My basic point is this – whatever you do, you get used to it. It becomes a thing you do.

We have anywhere between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day.

You’ve auto piloted so much of your life to make it easier.

You’ve routines, habits and default patterns of operation that you don’t even think about anymore, but somehow you get thru the day.

Making a change to that can be hard, initially, but guess what…

Do it consistently enough, for long enough, and… YOU. JUST. GET. USED. TO. IT.

So, mon amie, pick something new today, commit to getting on top of it. And just. get. used. to. it.

Want to find out more about how you can make that change and get used to it at RevFit? Book a free personal training trial here and we’ll walk you thru a training session and tell you more about our small group programs: http://revolutionfitness.ie/pt-intro/

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James Hanley

Strength Coach. Performance Specialist. Dog Lover. Powerlifter. And the guy behind the scenes in RevFit that keeps the plates spinning.