In the beginning of 2013 I found my passion for running. I’m not a strong runner, I’m not the fastest runner, I’ll never be one of the top runners but I don’t care. I love to run! At first it was hard and I took lots of breaks and would get frustrated that I couldn’t run very far. I kept going and slowly my endurance began to build. Running makes me happy and feel good about myself. I like the feeling of accomplishment after completing a race.
I finished the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World on February 23, 2014. Disney Princess Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile course through the most magical place on earth including Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® Park. Along the course you can stop and take photos with your favorite Disney characters. There was also bands, high school cheering squads, DJs, dancers, and lots of volunteers & entertainment along the course to distract you from the miles. My sister and niece also ran the marathon, I could not have done it without them, and we encourage and motivate each other to run that extra mile.
I wanted to create this blog so that I could keep up with my success and hopefully help others on their road to success with fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I was not always this healthy and motivated about going to the gym and running for fun. About a year ago I was more than 50 pounds heavier than I am now. After a visit to my doctor last February I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I had been feeling sluggish and had no energy to do anything. I had gained a lot of weight over the last few years, I was the biggest I’ve ever been. I had to make the decision to change my eating habits and to begin exercising on a regular basis. I was determined to lose weight and get healthy!
Never give up on yourself. If you fall, get back up and start again. You are always going to have weak moments when you eat that piece of cake or treat yourself to a Frappuccino. That’s OK! Just make eating healthier a lifelong change, and make the treats an exception to the rule and not the norm. In addition to exercise you can change your eating habits to healthier choices. Try replacing soda with water, and add fruit and raw vegetables as midday snacks. Never skip a meal, and don’t eat a late dinner. It is important to set new goals for yourself to achieve continually. Little extra steps in your day can make a big difference in the end. Take those stairs at work – or even on vacation – instead of the elevator. When you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. Remember, God has given us one body to last us during our lifetime. We need to exercise and keep it healthy!
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”. – Hebrews 12:1
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