We all know people who are predisposed to being thin, we also know natural athletes who can pick up a new sport and are good at it in a few days; I am neither of those. I am blessed to have a wonderful family full of some of the kindest southern folks you have ever met; unfortunately it’s also a family that struggles with obesity.
Growing up I was always a little chubby. I wasn’t exactly the sort of kid you would hide food from, but I had issues with weight most of my young life. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I had my pivotal moment. I did have some success with various diet and exercise programs before this point, only I always gained every pound back, and every pound that came back to me brought friends.
Even after hearing, and knowing, that losing weight takes an entire shift in lifestyle I was still unable to make that commitment with myself. I remember the exact moment that changed. You might say I did it a little backwards because on that day, at about 240 lbs and unable to finish a two mile run, I signed up for a marathon.
Signing up for a marathon doesn’t exactly make my list of weight loss tips, but uncovering the cause of a weight problem and becoming passionate about fixing it does. The problem was I had always stabbed at weight loss for the wrong reasons; I needed a commitment to lifelong change and a passion strong enough to make it stick. I made the commitment and running provided the passion.
Since that day I have made an interesting discovery. What were once reasons not to exercise and eat right have now become my biggest motivators. Running has become much more to me than a means to stay in shape. It’s now how I deal with stress, cope with grief, and most importantly it’s something my kids will see me doing every day. Instead of running to stay fit, I now stay fit so I can run.
So with a nearly endless amount of information on how to lose weight and entire industries revolving around making it easier; for me it simply came down to passion and commitment. I know running has change my life and I like to think it will be the variable that puts an end to several generations of fitness struggles.
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