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Guest Corner: The Power of Choice


“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley

Getting and staying physically fit is a choice.  You can make it. Today.

Trust me, I should know.

I chose to spend the first 25 years of life ignoring health and physical fitness. I allowed unhealthy lifestyles that I witnessed growing up to impact my own choices once I left the roost.  To put it plainly, I accepted the conditions as they existed.


At 25 years old, I found myself at a crossroads shortly after ending a long-term relationship and starting a new job. I was obese, unhappy and all round, generally unhealthy.

One Fall day, I made a choice to change that.  I took responsibility for my health and well-being.

It began by learning how to run and it evolved into signing up for a twice-weekly boot camp class, giving up meat, and generally attempting to eat less processed/packaged foods and eat more whole foods. It further evolved into training for and running my first half-marathon, then six more, then my first full marathon, and one more after that...so far.

Finally, it snowballed into a serious love for exercise and a commitment to eating healthily and taking care of myself, making adjustments to eating and exercise habits whenever I feel off.

As I’m writing this today, I’m in better health at 28 years old than I was at 16. I am by no means perfect and a firm believer in constant personal improvement, BUT I’m lighter, stronger, healthier, and more importantly, happier.

Making this choice has also allowed me to make a difference in others lives. My retired parents slowly began to change their eating habits and take up running after seeing the positive impacts it made on my life. In their 60’s, they are the healthiest I’ve ever seen them. 

Through coaching running groups, I’ve been able to help new runners take up a healthy new habit. Connecting to new people through running and fitness has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had. It is truly amazing to witness the journeys some of the runners I’ve coached take from beginners to half-marathoners (in sometimes just months), all by making their own personal choice.

No one handed this to me. I wasn’t gifted with a fit body type, endless energy or athletic prowess, but I did make a choice to work for this.  And every single day I wake up, I’m thankful for making that choice three years ago. If I can do it, so can you.

Kate Robinson is a Research Manager by day, distance runner, fitness, food, and life lover around the clock. Connect with her at http://about.me/m.kate.robinson.
 

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