Day 3 - October Challenge
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Well, I've been pretty good about returning to the gym, with today being my 5th day in a row. I'm going to be concentrating on my arms and abs today, so I'm not sure what my steps are going to be.
I been asked by people why do you do so many 5Ks and/or fitness events? And have I always been this active? My answer to the first series of questions is pretty simple. I do the 5Ks because it helps a cause that I support and I can also benefit physically from it. I don't have an abundance of money to donate, but I do have an ability to walk/jog and time that others may not have. I have the ability to communicate issues and share how this or that charity has and/or can benefit my community and others. I also stay active and set goals for myself, and it helps me to meet other like-minded people who are concerned about fitness and helping their local communities. The second question I answer quickly and with photos. . .NO, I haven't always been active.
As a youth, I ran and played outside, because I had to. My mom was a definite believer in her children being outside and playing regardless of the weather. I actually worked hard at not working out. I was actually the anti-fitness person of my family, that was my niche as an adult member of my family. I had brothers and sisters who constantly worked out and had fitness regimens. I on the other hand was seen as the "big one" of the family. It was often joked that I was the "baby" of the family, but the "biggest" one! Although, I did not think it was funny, I didn't do much to change it until my health started to deteriorate. When I was diagnosed pre-diabetic, my eyes opened to the possibility of what my life could be like, and that I had the possibility to make a change, if I wanted to.
Flash forward to me today. I have lost over 100 pounds, and even with fluctuating weight, I have not regained more than 40 pounds from my lowest. I have maintained this weight loss for more than 7 years now. I have to remind myself of the strides that I have made when I become discouraged, which I have been lately. I stumbled onto a photo journal I kept from my initial start-up, and was amazed at what I've achieved. Sometimes you forget "certain" struggles, and a journal helps you to remember the "moment" you said "enough is enough" and the actions that led to where you are now.
Thanks Spark for your help then and now! I'm striving daily to make things happen!