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That is not how I want to age

Friday, September 16, 2016

Last July I was sitting in my dad's hospital room, helping him recover from carotid surgery after a series of small strokes. I had recently been walking with my mom and seeing her (and hearing her) get winded after a short walk. They're both 76. I'm 54. And I thought that is not how I want to age.

I called my trainer. We started weekly workouts for strength training. And I activated my old Easy 5K Jeff Galloway app on my phone. On Aug. 1, I started running - well, walk/running.

Today I finished the prep for a "mock" 5K on Sunday - seven weeks later I'm ready for a 5K. Jeff congratulates people at this point, and when he said, "You have accomplished what most people only think about," I just broke down and cried right there on the bike trail.

This has been somewhat of a tough year. The weather has made it hard to ever be caught up on farming. I'm already behind on grading this semester due to glitches in my course software. And I feel I'm never doing enough for our parents.

But today, I reach a goal. Today I did something I set out to do. And right now I'm .9 pounds away from being below 200 pounds, and it's a much tighter and fitter 200 than it was on the way up. So I hope in a week or two I hit another goal.

I'm just going to enjoy this day, no matter what else happens. I'm sparking!
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  • no profile photo CD6913562
    1772 days ago
    Congratulations - I am so happy for you!
    1782 days ago
    I think you are doing very well. It sounds to me like you've taking the positive route on the things life has handed you. Keep up the great work.
    1782 days ago
    Life is tough. I am proud of you for taking control of how you age. Way to go!
    1782 days ago
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