I am very fortunate to be in a group called Sweat Sisterz, that is made up of local women who lift each other up and encourage each other to live a healthy lifestyle. This involves exercising, group outings, healthy eating, and other ways to live a healthy lifestyle. These women are not catty towards each other nor are they hateful towards each other. Jealousy does not exist in this group of women. It is full of positive energy affirmations and encouragement. This group contains at least 50 to 100 women from various backgrounds, age groups and abilities. Many of these women are my close friends and all of them I can share my experiences, my life, my strengths, and even my failures without judgments placed on me. Also, nobody is left behind during activities, even timed races. Yes, many run them to get their time recorded but come back to help their sisterz, even if they are at the very back of the race.
One of the challenges that I have accepted was from a very close friend of mine, Lindsay Jones,who runs her own blog, moscatomom.com (please follow her blog!). She has motivated me to do things that I thought I’d never could be able to do. The challenge I have accepted from her is what we call #16in16. This means completing 16 5k’s in 2016. With the mobility issues that I have, walking is the best thing for me, so I can continue to keep walking and strengthen my legs. I have accepted this challenge and I plan to complete it. So far I have completed at the least 6 5k’s.
I am not into physical races, those that are scheduled in our area and thousand people attend. I do however, participate in virtual races that the proceeds go to various different organizations. Virtual races are done at your own pace and you order the race medals ahead of time and complete the 5K at your convenience.
Many times I walk these 5k’s with my friends or husband around my neighborhood or I walk them by myself. I have a strong desire to finish this challenge and hope to even go beyond 16 5k’s this year! I will admit I am not the fastest at walking the 5K however I am the most determined. I am determined for myself and for others who may not be able to do a 5K.
Three years ago if you told me I would be doing this I would be laughing at you hysterically. However, after losing weight, working on my balance and the strength in my legs, working out, and the camaraderie that the Sweat Sisterz have brought me, I know that this challenge will be crushed.
Because I have focused my whole life on my abilities rather than my disability, I am able to overlook the fact that I might be slow, that I might be off balance a little bit, and that some days I am just too tired to get up and walk, however my disability will never make me stop trying to achieve goals that I have placed in front of me.
I encourage all of you, whether you can walk or maybe you use a wheelchair or crutches for mobility, to set goals for yourself and reach them. Maybe it might not be doing the 5K or maybe it is doing a 5K even if it has to be an adaptive one. However, setting goals that may be beyond what you normally do will help you overcome so much, both physically and emotionally. As I have stated before in many of my posts and my YouTube videos you are more than your disability, you are more than your diagnosis, you are more than whatever society may have told you!
Shuffle on my friends!!!
*will update with more achievements!!!!*