Just a quick note before I head off to work, I passed the exam with a 95%. The most difficult parts of the test was physiology and program design. I have worked so hard to get to this point and this really puts the icing on the cake.
In short, I have tried and failed so many times to lose weight or stick to anything. Ultimately it was running and endurance sports that finally got me to stick with something. Up to that point, I was always getting knocked back to square one every time some little life disruption arose even though I enjoyed what I was doing and was getting results.
Anything I did was rooted in a negative reason.. People rarely darken the doors of a gym because the LIKE how they look or are happy with how they are. Most of us, myself included, go because it is part of the accepted process to correct a problem.
With running and triathlon, the feeling of accomplishment turned the negative into a positive.
By consistently training for something, I overcame the hiccups that make up daily life and felt something real at the end. It wasn't about exercising to get rid of my butt or cure my over-the-belt-itus, it was about reaching my potential and striving for my best and the awesomeness that I feel when I reach that goal.
The negative becomes a positive. The joy of accomplishment, how ever that accomplishment comes. It's about getting stronger, more capable, watching myself grow and seeing what a capable person I am, not about beating myself into submission because I ate too much or for any number of the physical defects I see when I look in the mirror.
It's all about being a strong me.
I want in some way to pass that on because, for me, it was the key to what success I do have.
Next goal- finish my ACE CPT then start C25K training program.
Love you folks
Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and faithful comments. You all keep me going and I really appreciate it.