Think nutrition doesn’t count? I could not have overcome the physical challenges that weighed me down if I hadn't taken my nutrition into my own hands! It’s been the entire catalyst for my body’s transformation. So crank up those NutriBullets and start rebuilding your body!
The word grateful really doesn’t begin to express how I feel most days now. I have been blessed to overcome the bondage of obesity and its associated health problems, like diabetes, arthritis and sleep apnea; I went from being paralyzed for a few months to a life full of health and fitness. It's not often you get the opportunity to get a do-over in life! I've already had two and everyday when I wake up, I feel the courage and strength to fight through these two beasts.
Losing weight starts with acceptance about what caused the issue (you're not moving enough and you're eating the wrong foods), dietary and lifestyle knowledge, and finally, planning and patience. Overcoming this kind of paralysis is all about having the drive, heart and courage to overcome your obstacles and get moving again. It’s hard to have patience when your legs and hands no longer work. In both cases, you have a choice: do nothing and accept what is happening or change your situation. I was tired of being 450 pounds and I beat that beast! Then, four years ago, I was struck with Guillian Barré Syndrome, a form of paralysis. It took me a year to be able to exercise vigorously again.
There was a period in my life when I really didn’t want to live anymore. I couldn’t get the weight off and couldn’t see that I had a greater purpose waiting once I got through these life challenges. That was over eight years ago and, now, I just completed a bicycle ride of over 250 miles in 3 days!! I never could have dreamed I could accomplish this just a few years ago.
Special thanks to Lewis McWhite, my cycling partner and Jason Leslie, my cycling trainer.
This was a special event from a personal perspective. A Ride to Remember is a ride across South Carolina to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina. Even though this was a cycling event with over 220 cyclists, it was a very special Ride to Remember for me! The three days were fun, difficult at times, and pretty wet and sweaty. We visited small towns all across South Carolina and got to meet and enjoy local residents.
And yes, with this many miles and this many cyclists, all types of issues arise. A multitude of flat tires, crashes, and broken bikes, but never broken spirits. All types of bikes from very expensive to not-so-expensive, tandem’s (2 people on a bike), vintage bike’s (older bikes) and a bike that looked like a large-scale version of a soap box derby car! If it had 2 wheels and a seat, you might have seen it.
Doing an event like this leave you with a feeling of camaraderie and you know in your gut you're about to do something special. For some cyclists, riding this distance is not a challenge, but for many, it's their first time. I made many new friends, some of which I'll have for a lifetime. But this journey was special and gave me so much more than that!
You can do anything if you are willing to put the effort and dedication in required to earn it.