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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