I have always been in what I considered good shape. I never exercised too much, but I was very cautious about what I ate, practiced meditation to help relieve stress and paid attention to the little things. So naturally, when a friend of mine suggested we take part in a charity 5K, I figured I could easily handle it. Well, I got through it, but I realized that just because I maintained my weight didn’t mean I was living a fully healthy lifestyle. While I was thinking about what I could do about that, my friend dropped a bomb on me.
The reason she wanted us to participate in the charity fund raiser – to help fight lung cancer – was because her mother had just received a diagnosis of it. I was floored. This woman had been like a second mother to me growing up, and she had never smoked a day in her life. I knew then that my decision was made for me, and now I just had to find the best way to do it.
I visited several Miami gyms and met with the personal trainers. Not only did I want to know what they specialized in, I was interviewing them to find out who would be the best fit for me. My goal was not just to be healthier for myself, but also so I could participate in several fundraising runs a year. I found the perfect fit, and she helped me create a NoDaysOFF routine that not only gets me in great shape for running, including a new personal best time every time I go, but also the diet and exercise plan to help my body be as healthy as possible as well.