Today I’d like to tell you a story about my friend Marlene. Well I’m going to let her tell you. She will be my guest blogger tonight. If you want to get inspired by someone with rock strong determination you will find it HERE. Marlene is one of my exercise muse. She helps me get on my treadmill. I think of her when I am doubting my workout. I think “I know what Marlene would do!!
She’d tell me to get out there and get active. Appreciate the gift I have. Do the right thing!
Recently Marlene ran a 5 mile race. I asked her to write a blog post about it. Here is her story:
My name is Marlene and I was banded on March 19, 2012.
At 315, I never dreamed that I would be active or even think of running a mile but I followed my surgeons rules. I started by incorporating 30 minutes of activity a day into my life. At 231 pounds, I started to set activity goals for myself. Setting goals works well for me.
There are no excuses allowed in my book. Every day whether it is early or late I dedicate myself to being active.
As December 31 drew near I decided that I would once again set my goals for
the year. Setting goals keeps me motivated from month to month to see if I can make them.
One of my goals was to run no less than 4 races this year.
Even though I tell myself “I am not a runner” and don’t always enjoy running, I know it is beneficial in so many ways for my mind,body, and soul.
January 1st I started looking for races in my area and immediately signed up for one.
“The Sweetheart Race.” It sounded perfect.
I started running on the treadmill. I wasn’t really focusing on my pace but just taking my time and finishing.
I would run on the treadmill at least twice a week preparing my body so it wouldn’t get winded the day of the race.
Race day came so quickly but it was time.
I was ready. It was time to show myself how dedicated I am. Dedicated to myself and my body.
I got to the race site and waited in line.
I kept saying to myself
“I got this.” ”Today is my day”
Well let me tell you I ran like never before.
I took my time and enjoyed my race. I focused my thoughts on how far I had come, all the support I receive from the people in my life. This support makes it possible to be successful.
I found that my mind was such a powerful tool during my race.
While running I just kept telling myself to “keep going, don’t stop!” “Even if you are just jogging at a walk pace, You are going to finish this race!”
When I saw the finish line there were bells and whistles for me! Cheers and hands clapping from people who were my support at that moment. I didn’t know one person at that finish line but at that moment that was my support and I was proud to finish.
Knowing that the reward didn’t need to be food. The reward was the tears coming from my face, the tears that told me that I was amazing.
The dream that I thought could never come true at 315 pounds was now a REALITY.
It can happen if you want it too. If you stay focused and know to never give up.
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