Some days I love to run.
Some days I’d rather light myself on fire.
Today I have an uncharacteristically sappy story to go along with my cloudy (thank god – it finally cooled down) run.
It’s about what motivates me, even when I don’t realllllly feel like dragging my ass to the gym or out for a run. Exercising was not really my “thing” until about age 24. To be honest, you would have been hard-pressed to convince me to much more than walk to dinner. My mentality was “I’m not a big person, so why bother?”
Then my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Despite chemo, stem cell transplants, and a lot of experimental drugs, he still did some form of exercise almost every day. One morning while I was visiting him at MD Anderson where he was getting treatment, I went down to the fitness center with him and jogged on the treadmill while he walked along beside me with little 2 lb weights in his hands. It was all he could do, and he was happy to be there doing it.
That moment is when I started running. I looked at him and decided that if he could do that with terminal cancer, I had absolutely no excuse not to take better care of myself.
Years later I’ve found a lot of forms of exercise I love. I love to lift, I can run if I’m in the right mood, and I’ll
attempt to play any sport. Most days I look forward to doing it, both for fun and for my health.
But yesterday I ran for my dad again. It was his 61st birthday… and I’m sure if he was still here, he’d have been running circles around me.
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Then this deliciousness happened:
Post-run I was happy to have Meghan’s Spinach Lentil Veggie Burgers in the fridge. I heated it up and topped it with mustard. Sides of red bell pepper and raw asparagus.
I love these burgers. My little sister loves them. Vegas… well, if it doesn’t have meat and I call it a burger she is not amused. Hahaha! Don’t listen to Vegas though. These are good.
I got more Growing Naturals protein in the mail, so I very excitedly made my favorite smoothie bowl after a quick back workout at the gym. This never gets old.
Vegas had grill duty again with these Blueberry BBQ Skewers. That sweet-n-savory BBQ sauce is like crack.
Then we were off to a concert which involved wine and popcorn. #treatyoself
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Have you always enjoyed exercise? Do you now?
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