Not sure how my inspiration went out the door, as I started the new year very strong in working to get back to my “happy place” after making healthy changes in my life. While conditions and circumstances are different now than they were in 2011 when I took control, one things still remains. EXCUSES! We all have many, but don’t let any of them hold you back when it comes to achieving your goals.
While some will see my transformation impressive, which I have showcased in the past and is featured on the Protective Diet Testimonial page. Managing our health using food and exercise is easier than managing doctor appointments and a pill schedule, in an attempt to remedy what ails us. It didn’t take me long to realize that drugs and pharmaceutical comes are not a key to good health.
When I look to getting inspired, there are countless articles we can turn to on the Internet about a stranger going from “zero to hero” and gaining control of their health. Then, there are those individuals we know personally, who end up being a “superhero” because of their accomplishments. Meet Aaron, we refer to him as “AAA” at work. I met him approximately 10 years ago, sitting on an interview panel, as he was looking to secure a promotion in the office I work.
The first thing I noticed about AAA, his size, he was a big guy, in an comfortable looking grey suit with his hair in a ponytail and an energy drink in his hand. For a first impression, he didn’t make a good one. Eventually Aaron was hired, a few years later and as I got to know him, he was a great guy! Personable, funny, knowledgeable and good at what he did. There is more to a person, than just how they look, big or small, but Aaron knew his size was unhealhty.
We connected on a few levels and the day I ran my first (and only) half marathon in San Leandro, he and his wife were there, at the finishing cheering me on. Aaron had run a 5k earlier and decided to hang around. Eventually, we joined a company running team and because more than just co-workers, sharing the passion of running together.
The image above represents where AAA was a few years back how he has done an absolutely amazing job of transforming himself in a completely new person, physically. He is MY motivation to get back to a point I was at, running 50 mile races and being happy with my health. While not plant based, he does what works for him. No longer do I push my lifestyle on anyone. What works for some, might not work for others. So I have nothing but accolades for AAA and all his effort and work when it comes to gaining control of his health and excelling as a runner.
As I look to shed a few pounds and attempt to get back into running (bad feet and all), I remember this picture of AAA and refer back to a similar, before and after image that really made me feel good about myself. Nothing is impossible! As the Nike slogan does, “Just do it!” I’ve started June strong, dropped a few pounds as we approach summer. While my approach has been altered just a bit, I am taking steps in the right direction to regain control of my health, as I have struggled (again) to start the year, with the inspiration I have, change is coming.