On June 19, 2010 I began to change my life, and change my life I did. To give a brief history of what had been going on here is the condensed version. In 1988 I married the father of my wonderful son so I know that was meant to be but the marriage wasn’t. He was an alcoholic and I proceeded to try to eat my way out of the marriage for 13 years since I don’t drink too much or use drugs. Well this plan did not work but it left me 100 pounds overweight when I finally got a divorce. 10 more years passed as I stayed overweight but was no longer as depressed as I had been for so many years. It is amazing how you can see yourself and so quickly be reminded when you pass a mirror or go shopping as to what you really look like.
My brother is a professional photographer and was holding a training session in Highlands, NC with people I knew growing up so I signed up and was ready to go. He promptly called me stating “we will be going hiking and you can hardly walk” and he was right. I didn’t go on that trip but vowed to never again miss an event due to not being able to walk. I didn’t know how I was going to do it since working out had been something I did in my 20’s. I am in my 50’s now so that was some time ago but I was going to do it. I decided to walk – simply walk every day and for at least 45 minutes per session. All this is well and good in my mind but I needed more motivation so I threw it out to my Facebook friends stating my decision to walk every day for a year for 45 minutes each day. I got more in boxes stating “Are you Crazy what happens when you don’t do it you will be so embarrassed” and that was the time it hit me “NO EXCUSES”. I decided there was nothing short of death that would stop me from walking and the goal was a year.
I remember the first day as well as the first 3 months, I basically cried and thought I would be crippled and that would stop me but I kept remembering 400 friends heard me spout out I was going to walk so that helped. I would rise at 5 each morning and get out of bed to walk. I started in the summer so it was a nice time to walk before work and each night I would soak my feet and think how in the world will I continue this. I finally realized right before I could no longer walk maybe it was my shoes that are wrong and proceeded to go to a store that fit your foot to the right shoe and the right sport. I was in heaven after that and from there on it was just the elements of weather that got in my way. I walked every morning in the rain, snow, sleet, ice, wind and heat. Nothing stopped me out-of-town or after a night of over indulgence in spirits. I walked through everything and all of a sudden 100 days were passed. I had written on my wall on Facebook each morning what day it was but quickly realized that was a bit much for my friends so I announced I would keep walking just not post it daily.
I then was diagnosed with breast cancer. Work had been a nightmare and we were having to re-apply for our jobs yearly. I walked through it all – and while going through radiation treatments 2 times a day I walked in-between. By 4:30PM I would pass out but during the day I walked for 2 hours and the doctors always encouraged it. Overall I was lucky and the cancer they say is gone but anyone that has gone through this diagnosis and surgery knows it is not fun whether it is you or a loved one. Just to add to the madness of my life I also had 3 bathrooms refurbished. Go ahead say it – Crazy. But life went on and got back to the business of living.
Well I met my goal of walking every day for a year and my friends that had followed me on Facebook surprised me by walking with me on my 365th day. I was shocked – being a Christmas baby I have never had a surprise party so this was amazing. I have been blessed with the best friends anyone could ever have and they still support my venture in walking.
I decided to increase the walking from 3 miles daily to now 8 or 9 average. I did 15 and 20 a couple of times but can’t sustain that daily. I would love to however just haven’t figured out a way to make a living from walking. I am trying however! I have lost 60 some odd pounds without starving myself or dieting just eating better and the walking. That alone has gotten me off high blood pressure meds and improved my life 10 fold.
What I learned from this is once you decide to change your life make it something you can do exercise wise. For me it was walking and stating NO EXCUSES. When I declared no excuses and no days off for at least a year everything became clear and there was nothing to think about but doing what I promised myself.
Be good to yourself and enjoy this fabulous life. No matter what happens we can make it the best day, week and years of our lives. Walk through it with …… No excuses!