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THE FIT LIFE: Decisions...

Magdalena Romanska

Magdalena Romanska

Life translates into taking one step at a time. Those steps are the decisions we make, small and big. Deciding for “A” leads to the next step of deciding between the options we have once we reach the “A Situation.” And so it goes, like a tree trunk, growing into the big branches, which, in turn, give birth to the smaller ones.

Sometimes, deciding is a no-brainer. For example, when faced with the DCIS 0 diagnosis last November, I took no time deciding for a full-ass double mastectomy. It was a major decision, but I felt confident and comfortable about it.

But then, it is a very different story when I must decide which Häagen-Dazs flavor to buy. All the time that I spent in front of those grocery shop freezers! (Let me know which is your preferred one? I still cannot decide between Rum Raisin and Pistachio).

Decisions can be relatively easy to make, or very uncomfortable. Oftentimes, delaying the decision-making or deciding for the “easier” option might momentarily give us a sense of peace. Personally, I believe in deciding for what is the best in long-term. And it does not matter how hard it is to make those choices.

In case of the diagnosis in November, one Provider’s scheduler asked me what about going on with my planned December hiking trip to Africa and coming back for the surgery in January. This might have been tempting, especially coming from somebody more “medical” than me. Yes! Did they just tell me that I could travel and “relax”?! Meaning that maybe they thought that I was safe to do that!

Or not?

Well, the last on my list was instilling in myself a false sense of security and not facing the disease, head-on. Timely intervention saves lives. And I knew it.

This is when I right away switched to another Provider, who understood the urgency. I also had to cancel/get refunds for my African trip. Trip Insurance forms are way less fun than I thought! So, that was not any easy decision. But it was the best for the long-term outcome for me, so I embraced it. I was happy that “just” acting on all this and undergoing the surgery quickly would save my life.

When you must decide, always question the box. It is important to think outside of it, and it can be scary. Be a committer. Commit to yourself. Do not try to decide but do decide. Be confident about your decision and stick to it.

Deciding to train or hike on a cold and windy day might be uncomfortable. But many little decisions to train or hike on those windy days lead us to good health, flexibility, being stronger and resilient when facing any obstacles (medical or else). Little by little, decisions result in us getting what we want and need for our own best. Decisions are not for sissies and we all need to tenaciously practice making them.

Magdalena is the owner of the Be Fit Fit Personal Training Studio ( and the Top 3% Chairman’s Board Realtor® at the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International in Sedona. Visit her “Be Fit Fit” blog at

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