Taking The First Steps…

RUNNING.

Go ahead, say it, ”Uggh I hate it!”

I know a lot of us do and even those of us like me who have learned to like it still struggle with the very first step. So do not feel alone! In today’s society we have been forced to juggle so many things that many times, we neglect ourselves. 40% of adults in the United States and 19% of youth in the United States are obese. About four years ago my job held a complimentary wellness fair and guess what; I was told that I was obese.

At the time, I was a 38 year old male. I weighed 195 pounds but I have always been short, standing at 5’5”. BMI standards said I was obese. I went home to my family and did what I normally did with them. Had a rather unhealthy meal, sat on the couch, maybe dozed off and finally, logged into work at night once everyone was asleep only to look at my calendar and realize that for the next 4 weeks, my weekends were jammed.

That’s where I stopped and I took my first running steps. Well I really didn’t because I was sitting on the couch but it donned on me that something needed to be change. Time for me to change needed to happen otherwise I was going to spiral out of control.

Today, in looking back on that day, I am thirty-five pounds lighter and my lifestyle has changed thanks to running. Over the course of the last year dating back to October of 2016, I have increased my running but I have done so because in speaking with my friends and posting about it on social media, I have found that I have inspired a lot of my friends. I know that there are MANY of you out there who are in the same position that I was four years ago. Its ok. It is normal to be bogged down. However I want you to walk away from reading this blog today and maybe tomorrow and many other days and start to implement some time for you!

And just maybe, I will see you somewhere around New York City doing this thing that I love but for your personal benefit, RUNNING!

 

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