This blog has two main purposes. One is to serve as a record of my personal journey into fitness, as a survivor of two heart transplants and stage four cancer. I’m working my way from the ground up, and I hope to share what I learn and experience along the way. The other reason I started this blog was to inspire and motivate other people to do the same thing I’m doing – to get past personal fears, doubts, and negative beliefs and just get out there! I want people of all ages and abilities to realize that they can probably do way more than they believe they can, whether it’s in the area of physical or mental fitness, at work, or just in life in general.
This is NOT a blog that will necessarily show you the “right” way to get fit or to exercise. Any routines or programs I mention may not be right for you. They’re just things I’m trying out for myself, and if I like them I might share them with you all. If you’re looking for someone to tell you how to exercise, I recommend talking to your doctor.
If you’re looking for a bit of fitness inspiration from someone who started off with zero experience, then read on.
Up until a few years ago, I thought I could never be one of those “fitness people” – you know, the people you see running around in brightly colored spandex, jumping in front of cars, etc. They’re the people who make running a mile look as easy as eating a handful of Cheetos. For a really long time, I let my illnesses be my excuse. “My heart can’t work as hard, so I shouldn’t even try.” “I’m still recovering from cancer! Better take it easy!” (This was two years after going into complete remission.)
Well, as it turns out, I’m slowly becoming one of those people. Kind of.
After a while, I started to recognize that my beliefs about fitness and about what I can and can’t do were holding me back. It took a bit of time for me to sort through all that, but eventually I figured, “What the heck? I’ll give it a try.” Since then, getting fit has become sort of a hobby for me. It’s almost addicting. I feel better during the day, I sleep better at night, and I even look better. Most importantly, these days I can carry myself with a little more pride knowing that I’m doing something I never really imagined I could. Realizing that this was within my reach the whole time made me wonder – what else can I do that I never thought I could?
Ultimately, I want to jump-start that change in others. So many people walk around telling themselves they can’t do something. I still do that in some parts of my life, so I know exactly how that feels. But when you finally get over that first scary hurdle of “I can’t,” I think you’ll discover you can do a lot more than you believe you can.
So travel with me on my road to fitness. I’m sure you’ll be able to keep up (No, really. I’m slower than a tortoise), but even if you can’t I promise never to leave you behind.