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Believe, Begin, Become!

Are there mornings when you struggle to get out of bed to go running or walking? Are there days that you’re tempted to give up eating healthy because a pizza or hot fudge sundae is calling your name? Does pain ever discourage you from working out?

I can relate!!! One thing that helps me keep going are the lyrics of Martina McBride’s song “Do It Anyway”.  I especially like the part that says,

“You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way… Dream it anyway.
God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good.
And when I pray, it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should.
But I do it anyway… I do it anyway.”

A year ago, my dream was to walk and to lose weight. In fact, my ultimate dream was to walk 500 miles, lose 100 pounds and be able to run. Have I achieved those dreams? No, not yet. But I have achieved walking 400 miles, losing 90 pounds and making an attempt to run! And I’m learning that even when I’m in pain, I need to do it anyway. It may mean shorter walks and a longer pool time, but I need to keep moving anyway.

I am very grateful for the guidance that I have received from Coach Brian during this past year. He’s used to working with runners, not someone who struggles with walking.  Yet, with his coaching and patience, he’s helped me begin to achieve dreams that “seemed so out of reach”. Thanks Coach!!!

The following video reflects what contributed to my weight problem over the years and how this first year has gone since embarking on my fitness journey. If you’re struggling with weight loss, or you’re finding it hard to commit to working out, I hope my video encourages you!


I’ve learned a lot during this first year and I’m excited to start year two of my fitness journey.

Whatever your fitness dream is, no matter how “out there” it seems, dream it anyway. Do it anyway!

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Barb Bergerson lives in Western New York. She has a passion for helping people and getting to know their life stories. She teaches part-time in a jail, is a church administrative assistant, and enjoys freelance writing. Barb loves spending time with her nieces, playing games and relaxing by her pond. She’s excited about focusing on her health and getting back into the game of life. Get updates on Barb's progress on Facebook.

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9 Responses to "Believe, Begin, Become!"

  1. Tracy says:

    I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT! It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished this year, and what you have become. This is a reflection of who you ARE, and it’s someone to be darned proud of. I’m so glad I had the chance throughout the year to get a glimpse of this journey with you. Keep going, keep doing it anyway, and enjoy the ride. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks Tracy. I’m enjoying following your journey as well. Regardless of your hectic schedule, you make workout out a priority and a natural part of your life.

  2. K. says:

    Congratulations on your healthy year!

  3. Jackie Searle says:

    Barb, watching the video is SO inspiring!! Keep up the good work!! You’re amazing and a gift to many!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks Jackie. A big part of my encouragement comes from people like you and Karen who are out there running and walking!!!

  4. Debbie says:

    You are wonderful!! It’s so true, everything starts with that first step. There will be hurdles on the way, but you have to figure out if you’re gonna let them stop you, jump them or get right through them! We are all here to cheer you on! Hooray for a wonderful , exciting year and finding the “Me” you want to be!

  5. Kaaren says:

    Congratulations,Barb! What a great accomplishment! Your video is excellent and inspiring!

  6. Kathy says:

    Barb, I am SO proud of how far you’ve come. We can never stop BELIEVING we can do this & deserve it. I want to be there & free fall with you. Keep up the good work & never stop believing you’re worth it!!!!

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