I've been asked if I was always athletic. Well, I was strong and stout as a youth. Living on a farm, I was bucking bales to feed horses on a daily basis. I broke out youngsters and was generally very, very fit - in a Serena Williams' sort of way. Short, stocky, powerhouse. But I was never athletic. I did play tennis, but only doubles when pared with a rabbit, as I was/am S.L.O.W. but I had a powerful stroke that could knock a racket out of a lesser hand. And then I quit doing all of that and my eating habits/disorders caught up with me and I just got big.
Decades pass and it's 1998 and I learn a new way of eating and fairly quickly dropped 75 pounds without a step of exercise. It wasn't until mid-2004, I believe, that I started exercising and even then I didn't want to. A friend from work (TheMerryNewlywed) was dilligent in her exercise, participating in the classes offered here on the job. Her husband had just been diagnosed with a pretty aggressive form of cancer and I took up exercising solely as a way to spend some time with her and make her laugh. Yep, comic relief and a desire to be supportive finally got me off the couch. From there, I gradually came to incorporate exercise as a part of my life and dropped an additional 40 pounds in the process when I was running the most and eating the least. By October of 2006, I'd reached a milestone - a ten mile run with no breaks of any kind. Now granted, I don't do that anymore and I've picked up about 15 or so of those pounds back, exercise is now an almost daily part of my life. I have battled anxiety and depression my entire life and exercise gives me a fighting chance to keep it at bay without meds. I'm not anti-med, I just prefer to be off, if possible.
So that's my story. I've grown to love both vegetables and exercise. I've kept off a big chunk of weight for over ten years and am generally happier and healthier than I was during my twenties and thirties. If my fifties are a continuation of my forties, then they are going to ROCK.
pic taken February 2006.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Adopt fitness and health as a lifestyle.