Be a Champion!
Monday, December 05, 2016
This weekend I ran/walked a McDonalds Stripes for Reading 5K with my ministry teaching team and my youngest daughter. It was a lot of fun, yes, it was fun! As I was walking in the drizzly rain, not a cool, fall rain, but a hot, muggy rainy season drizzle, I couldn't help but think about what a wonderful gift I have given to myself and to my family.
When I started Spark People in April of 2015 I was at my highest weight, 315 pounds. I made the commitment to get healthy for myself and for my family. I could barely walk 20 minutes and afterwards my whole body would ache. Today, I completed that 5K in 49 minutes and I could have walked even more! My 7 year old daughter, Remi, completed her 3K in 37 minutes. It was a super proud moment for both of us!
It has been 20 months since I started this healthy lifestyle journey. There have been many milestones; losing 120+ pounds, no seatbelt extension when flying, climbing 18 flights of stairs because the elevator was out, a 10 mile hike with my sons, getting my cholesterol below 200, 15 mile family bike rides and so many more family moments! I have given myself the most precious gift of good health and my family has benefitted. Oh how I wished I would have done this years ago! I wasted too much time living life on the sidelines, but no more!
Life is too precious! Give yourself the gift of health! Know that you are worth it and don't stop until you have it! Be a CHAMPION!