Friday, July 01, 2011
Our fearless leader MJ (and temporarily only leader) of the San Antonio team asked what truly ignited the spark to start this healthy journey...
For me, it was a friend. Actually 2 friends, but we will get to the second one later. A young lady, who has been a trusted babysitter for years and whom my husband and I have kind of been mentoring through some tough situations recently , was teaching martial arts classes at a nearby dojo. She knows our kiddos well, and she suggested we enroll them. My hubby and I talked it over, and we decided our daughter could use the leadership development, and middle son would benefit from the active nature of the sport and teaching of self control. My hubby also said he has always been interested in learning some form of martial arts.
Turns out, the most economical way to enroll was to have the whole family join. So we did, and after a little bit, I thought it looked like fun. After one class, I was hooked. I liked getting out there and getting physical! So I went to another, and another. Pretty soon I was the one in the family pushing to make it on time to class.
I also learned something: I was pretty good at it! I am a quick learner, and although categorized at and early age as clumsy and uncoordinated, I got it! One problem, I had a tough time keeping up with the warmups, as they sometimes get intense. I was overweight and a bit out of shape, although I didn't want to admit it.
The owner of the dojo, now a good friend, read The Spark and suggested the book and website to me. I created a profile and tracked food for a while, but was not very active on the site.
Then something happened: at about the same time, my hubby and I decided to get serious about getting healthier. We were already halfway on our journey, but we started running and decided to do a half marathon. I can do another blog about this part another day, I guess, but to make a long story a little shorter, to keep myself motivated and ensure I was getting the proper nutrition while still losing weight and preparing for such a long run, I became more active on the site.
Now, I'm hooked! I have a bunch of friends on here that I have come to rely on. I am close to my weight loss goals, but when the motivation lags or I'm just not feeling it, I pop back on to get myself back on track.
Thank you everybody for being there, and thank you MJ for reminding me that this flame I have burning started from an initial spark - and that we need to remind ourselves of our beginnings, because it is part of the journey.