Birthday Celebration With a Mission

DSC_9386SmMy husband turned 60 today. He woke at 5 a.m., slipped out of bed without waking me and dressed for his run. Every other day he hits the trail for varying mileage, depending on whether he is training for a half-marathon ( I believe he has done 14…so far!) or just doing his usual workout routine.

We are blessed to reach this time in our lives without serious health issues, and both of us invest time and resources in maintaining our functional fitness. We don’t take these or any of our blessings for granted, and so when my husband realized this milestone birthday was approaching, he said,

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Use It or Lose It

exercisesWhen you are a young parent, sometimes it is all you can do just to put one foot in front of the other through each incredibly challenging day.

I get that, I really do. I felt that way for the longest time, and then things changed, children grew, and it became clear to me that I had put my health and well-being on hold.

It wasn’t an irrevocable situation by any means, but I was going to have to make some concrete decisions and then find some way to stick with them if I wanted to make a change. Isn’t that how self-change always works? I mean, maybe it is easy for some people to keep healthy eating and exercise in the mix, but that certainly was not my experience! I needed help…someone to encourage me and hold me accountable and…hey, maybe a personal trainer! Yeah, that was the ticket!

I met my first trainer (yes, there have been many over the decades) through my daughter’s Tae Kwan Do instructor. Duc Dinh was a wonderful trainer and I learned an immense amount about proper form, what my body was truly capable of and the fact that I could actually be athletic. You see, I had never seen myself that way before. It was liberating and over time I found that I moved more easily and even differently as my posture and muscle support improved. I was hooked and have had personal trainers ever since. My current trainer is Hjalmar Perez, and I pay a per session fee in addition to a fairly low cost gym membership. (I don’t handle Texas heat well, so outside is not an option!)

But wait, you may say, “Isn’t that expensive? How could you afford to do that?”

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