Though not exactly a resolution, on January 1, 2015, I set a goal. It was somewhat far fetched, and would require equal parts persistence, sacrifice, grit and luck. As I reached this goal on Saturday, with about three weeks to spare, it sent me into a state of reflection.
The goal that I achieved is running 1,000 miles. Even though I ran every step, it’s difficult to wrap my mind around that distance. That’s like running from Wisconsin to Florida, from Georgia to Rhode Island, or Southern California to Oregon.
Getting there didn’t happen quickly or easily. And it’s actually quite similar to the broader journey to health and weight loss. It was accomplished through many small steps adding up to one larger journey. Each small step taken alone seems rather insignificant, but when chained together, produces something meaningful.
As coincidence would have it, the seeds that grew into the beginning of those small steps were planted four years ago Saturday. That was the day that my “before” picture was taken, as we headed out to a Christmas party.
As we got ready for that same Christmas party this year, I couldn’t help but think of the changes that I occurred in my life and my family’s life over the past four years. The external changes, while obviously easy to see, only show a small portion of the story. The internal and interpersonal changes, however, are much more meaningful.
As noted by a physician after losing weight, my health benchmarks have all improved. Additionally, I’m now able to enjoy activities with family and friends in ways that I previously wouldn’t have been nearly as quick to embrace. As a family, we enjoy skiing, swimming, running, playing tennis (and much more!) with friends and extended family. And thus these relationships have also benefited.
At the end of the day, strong relationships are what make a healthy and active lifestyle truly sweet. A most sincere thank you my friends and family who have stood by my side and helped me to achieve this 2015 goal. xoxo