Thursday, February 09, 2012
I'm not a blogger by nature but I love to read blogs so I figured I would bite the bullet and start this as a journal for me to reflect on.
I have been in the Army now for 28 years. There are relatively strict standards on weight and I have done ok by them for the most part. I had some troubles initially when I joined and then again midway through my career. I have never been "slim" by any stretch and can honestly say I can remember only one time in my life that I was really happy with the way I looked. I was the Queen of the "Give it 110% for a week or two and then fade out" which has caused my weight to fluctuate ever since I was an adult.
I can't remember when it was but I got introduced to running. That is an odd thing to say as we are required to do a PT test twice a year which includes a 2 mile run but to me it was just that, a requirement. I dreaded it but managed to pass each time. A friend talked me into running a 5K with her and while I was pretty sure I was going to die I actually finished and found that I not only enjoyed the camaraderie of the event but more importantly the sense of self-achievement. I have been a running affectionado ever since. I am not a fast runner but I enjoy it and I have tried to instill that feeling into my friends and my children. I am proud to say that I ran my first ever 1/2 marathon last year and still get goose bumps thinking about it. Even more importantly, however, was having my children join me for their first ever 5K this year and running it together.
As the title of this blog points out, becoming healthy requires that first step as well as the commitment to make positive changes. For me it also requires accountability and when I found SparkPeople it was obvious I found the one thing that was missing. I look forward to entering my information each day and reading the positive messages of all the participants. As with running I am now hooked!!
Thank you for letting me share your journey with you and I look forward to sharing mine with you.