I have so much to go, so many more miles to run! So much more weight to press and squat and pull! Two years ago I was a stranger to the person I am today. I met my husband a few years ago. He would invite me to watch him workout in the park. His dog and I would watch him lap the park track and rep some push-ups, squats and pull-ups, then squeeze out more laps. It all looked so intense…and so unlike me. As I watched him, along with any fit boy or fit girl It’s as if they’d been doing it all their lives. I told him that as he flipped tires. He laughed and asked me for probably the millionth time if id like to jump in. I looked at the smaller tire in the corner and thought, “me? Flip a tire? I can barely touch my toes…im 317 pounds… I don’t look like the type to flip tires for sport!” he smiled. I felt comfortable around him. Even comfortable enough to make a full of myself by flipping a tire. so I did it. AND I LOVED IT! I flipped another and another! I was so tired! So sweaty and nasty. But it was so self-rewarding, so accomplishing! It was like I just saved a freaking baby out of a burning building! I looked in the mirror at my round face, my soft dainty hands covered in mud and the wears of the tire. I was a beast!
The next day I tried a squat. Perhaps I was a little ahead of myself after the success of the tire. I was horrible, but I didn’t give up! The next I tried deadlifts! Then cardio! Boy did I hate cardio; that is until I looked at the scale! Just like that five pounds was gone! I followed his workouts the best I could until I was confident in what he’d shown me. By then I sought out information for myself. I found a love in compound crossfit movements and a bit of strength training for the core lifts. Turns out fit men and women do have a beginning…sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel seems so far away that the journey itself firsr fades from practicality and then from your reality. I am yet to reach that light. I don’t think it’s ever meant to be reached. But when I look back now, torward the darkness that contradicted the reality of this journey, I see it to be much farther away than that light in which I chase!

***At Lift Heavy Run Long®, we are in constant search of inspiration. We are fortunate to have a Facebook group which involves people who have, for one reason or another, decided to make drastic changes in their life, in order to lead a more fulfilled existence.

We want to share with you some of the encouraging stories that have come from the people in our community. We would love for you to be part of the group.