Humans are delicate and sensitive creatures mentally, even if we refuse to admit it.
We are at our most vulnerable when we are attempting to improve upon ourselves and our hopes are as high as our dreams. It really doesn’t matter what that effort is, but attempting to eat healthier and exercise in an effort to slim down will arm people with negativity faster than anything else.
There are, however, people who will lift you up. They want you to succeed. They are truly happy for you. Those glorious people are good and honest. They are the salt of the earth. I came across one the other day, and I’m thankful for it.
I started a new four-week cardio challenge three weeks ago. My goal was to incorporate a cardio session three to five mornings each week. With each session, my goal is to give it all I’ve got physically.
Here it is: Take the dogs for a 1.8-mile walk (one loop down the street and back). This is a wakeup and warmup session. Then, I grab 3-pound weights and go again. On flat surfaces my elbows are at 90-degree angles, arms swinging back and forth, and I’m walking with short and brisk steps as quickly as humanly possible. Going up hills: arms straight, holding the ends of the weights and allowing them to swing back and forth with the momentum of a wide stride.
After one such session, my son looked at me and said, “How long was your shower? Is there any hot water left?” I was drenched in sweat.
During one cardio session, a woman stopped and said, “I just want to commend you on your dedication. You’re doing a great job. Sometimes you need to hear it. Just in case you don’t do it yourself, come over here and let me pat you on the back.”
I did. She did. It felt wonderful. Probably got me through the rest of the week.
Do you know North Warren Fire Department chief Ramie Roberts? I took a picture of him in June 2020 at a vehicle wreck. That picture went into the paper. Ramie called me 2-3 weeks later requesting those pictures. He was so shocked by his appearance that it prompted him to begin eating healthier and exercising. He wanted to use the pictures as motivation.
Fast forward to July 2021. I saw Ramie at another wreck. He has lot 60 pounds in 13 months. I took another picture and sent him “before and after” photos. Sometimes you need a reminder of where you were to truly appreciate how far you’ve come. He loved it.
Ramie, if you aren’t doing it yourself, this is your pat on the back. You’ve earned it. Keep going and let nothing hold you back. Eating healthy and exercising is a gift and the best present we can give ourselves. Good job, you.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.