Over this past weekend, I shared this picture on my Facebook page:
This is a picture of my oldest daughter and I right after we ran a 5K together this past Saturday morning.
Earlier in the week she texted me and said that her office was having a 5K to raise money for charity and wondered if I might want to run it with her. I thought about it for a minute and texted her back. “Sure! Let’s go for it.”
I haven’t done a lot of running since I hurt my knee last year, but had speed walked regularly. (In case you are wondering, walking does work for weight loss and weight maintenance.) I generally walk about 3 to 3.5 miles every morning, so I knew the distance wouldn’t be a big deal.
That morning was perfect. It was cool but not cold. The sky was blue and about 35 people turned out for the 5K.
She and I lined up at the starting line in the middle of the pack because we knew we would go slowly – or so we thought! I don’t know if it was the combination or the weather or us encouraging each other, but we ran our fastest time. I was right at 34 minutes and she was a few seconds behind. In fact, when we got to the finish line, she said – “Go ahead, mom and go first.”
That worked out well because it turned out that she and I finished 1st and 2nd for women runners. That meant that I got the “gold” metal and she got the “silver.” 🙂
But more important than a medal was the fact that we did it at all.
You see, when she was six-years-old, I couldn’t help her learn to ride her bike because I was too heavy to run alongside her to keep her from falling over. I remember trying, but almost passing out from exhaustion. Seriously.
All the hard work of losing weight, all the hard work of keeping the weight off, and all the hard work of staying in shape is 100 percent worth it for moments like this.
To be able to run a 5K on the spur of the moment, to take a hike in the state park whenever we have the time, or to have enough energy to keep up with my seven kids is a gift I give myself and my family. An absolute gift.
I know that if I had not changed my lifestyle I would not be where I am today. I could have been in a wheelchair and unable to walk, I could be suffering from chronic diseases influenced by obesity, or may not even be here.
It is hard to know for sure, but I do know one thing.
If you are on the fence about taking the steps necessary to get to a healthy weight and stay there, don’t hesitate one minute longer. It doesn’t matter that Thanksgiving is in a few weeks or Christmas is in 7 weeks. What matters is getting healthy.
Do you ever think about what your life can be like when you get to a healthy weight? Or if you are there already, isn’t the hard work worth it? Diane