What’s Standing in Your Way?

What stands in the way becomes the way.

– Marcus Aurelius

I used to consider it inevitable that when I went away on holiday, I would eat less healthy and not have time for focused exercise. I had sort of resigned myself to time away being time off from fitness and having to make up for it when I returned.

I then realized that I was creating this world by equating a break in routine with not being able to get healthier and stronger. Since then, I’ve made it a point to come back from vacations even healthier and stronger than when I left.

How to achieve this can obviously be challenging, but I find the answers unfold from the decision for it to be this way. Now having a baby and being without our nanny, this presents even more of a challenge.

However, one of my favorite principles, which I read in ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius, I’ve learned to quickly apply when I encounter challenges. That thing which I *think* is an obstacle is not only a path (as in a direction) but it is almost always actually the means to accelerate me towards the end result.