I have been thinking about the 17 miles I am running Saturday morning and inadvertently started singing “Go the Distance” from the movie. I have been doubting if I can go that far and if I am ready for it, but then I remembered all the hard work I have put in the last 7+ months. I can go the distance.
I used to wake up at 7:10 in the morning and make it out the door for work to be 5-10 minutes late. I would sit at my desk and HATE every moment I was there. I was not a fun person to be around. I would rush home, eat a quick dinner, and plant myself in front of my computer and play games until 1-2 in the morning. I could not understand why I wasn’t happy. I did make good friends online, and I am still friends with them today, but I wasn’t taking care of myself physically. I was depressed, and I wanted to be happy; I wanted something more in my life but didn’t think I deserved it.
I had a wake up call. I bought two shirts and a pair of pants that were bigger than I have ever bought, sizes 3XL and 46 waist. It made me depressed, and what did I do when I was depressed? I ate. You can get the picture. Not long after that, I saw a video of Ben Davis losing 120 pounds and changing his life. He did it by running. He went through a lot of what I was going through. If he could do it, I could as well. So I started planning. I had my moment when I realized I could do this. I wanted my family to be proud of me.
For Christmas, I received a scale, some running shoes and some workout clothes, and I started the Couch to 5K program. It was one of the hardest things I did. That next week, I got blisters on both of my feet. I wanted to quit. My grandpa Ron that weekend passed away from health related issues. I am built a lot like him. That was another wake up call. I promised him that I would not quit and that I would keep going.
It has been 7 months and 12 days, and I have not quit. I have had highs and lows. Like Hercules, I have had to face many foes along this path. I have also gained many allies. My wife is WAY hotter than Meg. I should know; Meg hit on me once at Disney World. I am going the distance. I have lost over 80 lbs. I have 40-50 more to go. I am training for a marathon! Before, I couldn’t run down my street. I put the Glad in Gladiator… Yeah, that’s right!
Now is the time to stand up and go the distance. It might not be the 17 miles I have in the morning. It might be running down to the end of your street. I know it is just as daunting, but you can do it!