Just thought I’d share with you an amazing letter I received in a card from my sister Jenn this year on Christmas eve! I couldn’t hold back the tears as soon as I started reading it! I am so proud of how far she has come in 1 year!! I am even more excited for the amazing things she has planned for 2013 including a 30km and 42.2 (full marathon) race! YOU GO SIS!! Here is her story….
Exactly one year ago today, I received probably one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received in my life. My sister Leslie Robertson gave me three months of online personal training support for Christmas. I was pretty excited to receive this gift but I was also hesitant at the same time, thinking “well, how will this work?”
My journey actually began as a result of this gift and my New Year’s Resolution (yes, some of us make those-LOL!). On January 1st 2012, I was working out at the gym and I decided to stand on the scale in the change room. This moment was shocking! I had not been on a scale for years, measuring myself only on the fit of my clothes (and probably a bit too scared to see what the numbers on the scale would truly be). From the moment on, I committed to myself to my fitness plan and my resolution to meet my fitness goal.
I began with a 30 day challenge-exercise everyday for 30 days in the month of January. I achieved that goal and lost some weight in the process. In February, I added a weight training regiment that Leslie provided and also included some high intensity interval training a couple of times week. I also started running, my true passion! I decided that I would do the 5km Around the Bay race in March of 2012 as a goal to continue working towards.
It wasn’t easy training for my first 5km. I started with run 2 minutes walk 3 minutes on the treadmill and moved to run 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes and so on until I could run 30 minutes on the treadmill without stopping. After that I moved my training outdoors and continued to work towards my goal of finishing the 5km race.
Well, not only did I finish 5 km in March, I completed 5 more races this year, including the Yonge Street 10km, the Ancaster Heritage 5km, the Burlington Downtown 10km, the Road to Hope 5km. My biggest fitness goal to date was the Army Half Marathon in Ottawa that I completed with Leslie in September. It was probably one of the hardest things that I have done in my entire life, but completely worth the training and hard work.
As I continue on my fitness journey I have lost about 47 pounds and continue to lose more, hoping to hit my final weight loss goal in March 2013 of 62 pounds. My one regret is that I did not do measurements (even though Leslie asked me to) which would have been encouraging at those stages of plateaus that I hit along the way. I have learned that you always have to have a fitness goal in mind-my current goal in a 30km race-Around the Bay in March which will hopefully be the preliminary training ground for my ultimate goal of the Road to Hope Marathon next November. I want to thank my sister Leslie for inspiring me to change my life-to set a fitness goal and work hard until you achieve it. I don’t know where my weight loss journey would be right now had she not provided me with the tools and encouragement to change my life. Thank you for helping me to “Get Fit with Les”!! I am forever grateful!
Thank you so much Jenn for choosing to take full advantage of my gift of fitness last Christmas, you are a true inspiration to everyone! Best of luck in your continued fitness journey and your BIG race goals this year! You can do anything you put your mind to!!