Just yesterday I hit a milestone. I am officially the lowest weight I have been in the last seven years. It’s a big accomplishment. It’s part of my goal of setting myself up to be successful taking care of my son, long term.
As I looked back at the roller coaster of a line graph that represented my weight over the years, I had a realization. I never let my weight stop me. I accomplished so many things at weights higher than what I am now.
I completed numerous half marathons. It was always great to see the look on people’s faces when I told them. They would inevitably look down at my body and back at me like, really? Yeah, really. I’m not saying I was fast. But I didn’t give up. I improved my time with each race.
I completed a Spartan Super obstacle course race. Me and two girlfriends trained for months and months for that race. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Talk about shooting for the stars. I still think we were a little crazy.
I hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. With our site seeing detours we hiked around 27 miles in two days. Looking back on that one I should have trained more. It would have made the experience more enjoyable and less painful.
Each one of those I did as an “obese” woman. Don’t wait until you lose weight to challenge yourself. Most of it is in your head. You ARE stronger than you think. Needless to say, talk to your doctor if you have health concerns. I’m healthy for a big girl. Haha!