Never did I imagine myself here...fit and healthier than ever after having two children. After building my nursing career, our family, and a happy home. After being the quintessential 'band nerd.' After being 'too dorky' to make the dance team. After growing up with curly, frizzy, brushed out 80s hair and big rimmed pink glasses since 1st grade.
I didn't glide through childhood, adolescence, or even early adulthood with popularity or 'cool' nature. I worked hard at academics, listened to classical music, played flute, chanted on the bus with other band members, and focused on my intelligence as most important. I'm glad that is my path...my past. I didn't make the dance team because it gave me the opportunity to be in marching band...to be section leader and drum major. To be a good influence. This path shaped me.
This path helped to form the confidence within...to push myself. Courage is a must in order to improve yourself. Bravery is necessary. I have found that if you don't take a leap, you will never achieve the successes you dream of. I'm not a runner...it gives me rashy, itchy hives. I took a leap and ran a mini marathon. It was on my 'I'd like to someday do that' list and I did it. I am not athletic...I ducked at the net of a volleyball court in PE class because there was no chance I would actually successfully spike the ball.
Fast forward to now. I took another leap to begin exercising daily. This morphed into an amazing addiction and transformation. I am fit. I am healthy. I am an athlete. I am stronger, more flexible, happier, and PROUD. Proud of the leap I took despite the stereotypical me.
What leaps will you take to achieve want you want? Do you want to lose weight? Maybe you want to go back to school. Whatever it is, make it happen. Take the first step and don't give up.
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May 28, 2014
Six years ago in 2008, I was pregnant with my son and elated after early miscarriage months earlier. 25 weeks into the pregnancy, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The cause of gestational diabetes is unknown. There is no direct correlation to diet, nutrition, etc and gestational diabetes. I was able to control my blood sugars with diet change.
When our son turned 1 year old, I became pregnant with our daughter and was immediately high risk with gestational diabetes again. This time around I took 14 units of insulin daily in addition to checking blood sugars 4 times each day. I am now labeled as being at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes 5-10 years after my pregnancies. I am at risk...for developing a disease that requires low carb nutrition, finger pricks, blood tests, insulin, meds, and the perception my children will have on chronic illness.
The nasty truth is, we are all at risk for something in today's world. At risk for obesity. High risk for developing cancer. Genetic predisposition to heart disease. Alzheimer's. Osteoporosis. Diabetes. This list can go on, of course. A lot of us think if we stand-by, ignore it, secretly hold our breath, or don't make eye contact with the ugly truth, it will pass us by. I'm sure most of us know deep down, it doesn't work that way. There is good news in this overwhelming sea of risk. You can do something about it. YOU CAN!
I began to include exercise in my life when my daughter was 4 months old. Until then, my assumption was I could not be an athlete because I didn't inherit the sporty gene. I was wrong. I CAN!
I can do burpees and high knees until my head spins. I ran a mini-marathon. I am free and clear of Diabetes Type II after 5 years since my son was born!!
Am I completely safe? No way. Which is why I am continuing my journey of fitness and good nutrition to lose weight and maintain a normal BMI. I am proud of what I have accomplished...by my body transformation, but more importantly my internal transformation. I am stronger, prouder, more confident, and have a passion to help others on their journey toward beating their 'at risk' label.
I made a change and fitness and good nutrition is now a normal piece of my daily life. It is also a part of my family. It energizes me. Join me and beat the odds. I would love to hear from you and coach you to succeed with your own goals. What is your risk?