Saturday, September 13, 2014
Today I went on my last "longer" run before my 1/2 next weekend. As I ran, I thought about how much I have learned the past few years in regards to my health.
When I was younger, I could eat anything I wanted and not gain an ounce. I was healthy, but not necessarily "in shape." I tried track and hated it, but I stuck it out for the season.
Then, came kids and my focus changed from myself to them. I always lost all of my baby weight, but over the years the weight crept on and the excuses were numerous. When others ate well and worked out, I always had some reason that I couldn't do the same.
Then, work had "The Biggest Loser" contest and I since I am very competitive, I joined. I won when I lost 40 lbs. in nine weeks. I used the money that I won for a tattoo. I lost the weight mainly for me, but also for my horse. I'm sure she appreciated the lighter load.
I lost that horse a few months later. To compound the loss, I lost my heart dog just six months later. Now I found that I had a LOT of time on my hands and I didn't know what to do with it. That is when I decided to give running another chance. I was already in pretty good shape after completing Insanity, but as we all know it's a different fitness.
Now I am 47 years old, as of today, and probably in the best shape of my life. I love how I look, but most of all I love how I feel. I've met many wonderful people on this incredible journey. There are still "haters" out there, but that is their issues not mine.
Wisdom does come with age. I'm glad that as I've aged, I've also gained a new sense of youth.
I've been told that "I'm aging younger." I hope that we all gain wisdom and youth as we age!