I started this fitness journey one year ago this month. I set a goal of reclaiming my health and obtaining a certain physical condition by May 28, 2016, my late father’s birthday.
Why May 28th specifically? Well I was a true daddy’s girl. When he was sick, he had NO FILTER. Oh the stories I could tell! Once when I visited him in his care facility, he asked me if I was pregnant. “Oh Lord,” I thought… “I’ve got to fix this!” But he was ill, I was in the process of relocating, and I had a lot going on. I have never been overweight even at my heaviest, so I figured I’ll get back to “me” eventually.
Well eventually finally came last year when I got sick of being sick. I was getting colds that would linger, my knees and joints were stiffening, and I was snoring in my sleep… NOT SEXY! I went to several doctors for an entire work up. My blood pressure was slightly elevated, but I did not have sleep apnea or any other illness. Thank God! But I knew if I stayed on this path of not taking care of myself and putting myself last, that my health would be destroyed. I was not having that!
So in honor of my dad, I declared that I would get back into tip top shape by his birthday. I’m now in the home stretch and I’ve accomplished a lot. During these last few weeks leading up to May 28, my focus will be nutrition. I am my father’s child and I indeed inherited his sweet tooth! I will cut my sugar intake and do some safe and planned fasting. The old, new me, nice and lean and healthy and strong, will be visiting his grave site. I can already see myself running from the car yelling, “Daddy, I ba-aaaack!!” Your baby girl is back better than ever. Thanks for inspiring me from beyond. I love you.
Has anyone or thing or a life event motivated you on your fitness journey? Feel free to share your story.
Today is a day of remembrance. It’s a day for honoring those men and women who died protecting our country as a member of the armed forces. And while we honor those who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice, I also thank everyone who has served.
This year was different for me. My late Father’s birthday is May 28th. Often times, his birthday actually fell on Memorial Day. When I was little, the holiday was all about his birthday. As I got older, of course my focus shifted to the real reason for Memorial Day. But in the back of my mind, daddy’s birthday was coming!
This is the first Memorial Day without dad. It’s weird. My sister and I went to his grave today at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. That is a picture of the main flag that flew at half staff this morning. They had a huge ceremony honoring the fallen. Families were everywhere. Children were randomly putting flowers on graves. Military personnel was all over the place. It made me feel proud that my dad was in the Army and the activities were a form of comfort to me. I thought I would be drowning in a bucket of my own tears. Instead it felt like a celebration of life.
It’s so funny that it was cloudy and slightly gray today. My sister and I hate the sun, so it was like daddy made the perfect weather just for us. It was a very nice morning and I could not imagine going to visit dad without sissy being there.
In dad’s honor, we are going to have good quality gourmet burger for his birthday on Wednesday the 28th. In dad’s older days, he LOVED a good burger and black walnut ice cream. So Wednesday, it’s all about you, papaFAB! We will throw down with thoughts of you in our hearts. We love you and we miss you.