As part of Chobani Flip's #BreakYouMake campaign, I was asked to feature someone who could use a break. Through my fitness and running journey, I have met some pretty amazing people - all with a different story and some pretty inspiring ones. A "break" can be defined in so many different ways, so it was hard to chose my nominee. Whether it is a break in work, training, or life in general, we can all use a "break" at times.
Let's go back a few years. In 2012 I was running pretty regularly and doing a few races a month with a goal of 40 races in the year. At this point, I was running a majority of my races solo, but there was one thing for certain - I had the support of my parents. They would wake up early on weekends to be there to cheer for me in the crazy journey of mine. They lined this finish line chutes of half marathons waiting to get a glimpse of me finishing my race. In March of 2012, I completed my first Publix Georgia 1/2 Marathon. Upon finishing, we posed for a picture together. This picture was the turning point for one of us in the picture.
MOMMA K! Every transformation/fitness story has it's "moment" and this picture was her moment. She hated what she saw in that picture and she knew what she wanted to do. After years of trying gimmick fad diets, she knew that getting her life on track involved a total life style change. She started eating better and implementing exercise into her daily life. After a few weeks she agreed to try to do a 5K a month with me. Even though she walked the 5Ks, she did them.
It took a lot of diligence and even a bit of being OCD, but her life was getting into a much better place. She was eating better and engaging in regular physical activity. Soon she was running in a race almost every week as well. Then in the fall of 2013 she decided that she wanted to take "the leap"....yep, her first 1/2 marathon. By setting new goals and knowing that she never wanted to go back to where she came from has kept her on track.
Momma K has now lost and kept of 70+ pounds since 2012, completed 3 half marathons, walks every day during her breaks at work, and is on day 379 of a run streak.
A healthy lifestyle is one that requires a life time of focus and dedication. While she remains focused every single day, she has also learned that there are times that you need to treat yourself. Momma K has learned that while she takes a "break" from time to time. There is extraordinary value in things such as massages to help her muscles, a vacation, or even a sweet treat to satisfy cravings (in moderation) and she has definitely learned the importance of taking a "break" every so often.
To say I am proud of Momma K is a understatement. She has stayed committed to her lifestyle for over 3 years now and is not looking back. Hard work, dedication, and goals have made her succeed and continue to become a stronger person each and every day. I love the fact that I have been a part of her ongoing journey and also a support system for her. It is one thing to have a journey, it is another to have great people to do it with!
Question of the Day: How do you take your break?
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