First 10K Completed!

This past Saturday, March 27, marked a huge milestone for me. I completed my first 10K! It was an experience I will never forget.

This past Saturday, March 27, marked a huge milestone for me. I completed my first 10K! It was an experience I will never forget.

There were so many emotions I felt leading up to this event – excitement, anxiety, nervousness, and even “what in the world did I get myself into!” Truth be told, up to the night before the event, I was even contemplating how I could get myself out of this commitment. Thankfully, a majority of my cousins from NY/NJ came down to support me and participate in the event as well. Having that support system was instrumental to keeping me inspired me and moving.

Saturday morning we arrived downtown to a crowd of over 37,000 people. The air was filled with excitement, and people were just as happy as they could be, despite the chill in the air. My cell phone rang, and fellow housewife and close friend Toni Winston called me to see where I was and to tell me where she was. We proceeded to take our place in our wave. Everyone around us was just so happy and ready to go.

The countdown to begin started … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and we were off. I was overjoyed and so excited – still thinking to myself, I am really doing this. Instead of taking off like a horse in a race I decide to stay behind with my cousin. I am so proud of her for signing up! Despite having arthritis in both knees and 1 ankle, she was determined to stick it through and complete this race. I promised to stay next to her and that we would get through it together. As we walked we talked, laughed, danced and had a great time – time just passed us by. This race was not about beating the clock, for me it was about being able to challenge myself.

The finish line was approaching and I was overjoyed to know that yet another goal for me on this weight-loss journey had been successfully completed. Crossing that finish line was proving to myself that I can do anything I set my mind and heart on! It was about closing 1 chapter of my life and working on the next one.

What’s next for me? Well, I am more than halfway through my journey, and feel the need for yet another challenge. So, off I go to New Jersey in April to complete a 5K – this time I am running it and have a time goal in mind. I know I can do this and will do this.

Remember in life to always keep goals in front of you, celebrate when you reach them and always keep challenging yourselves!

Best wishes to all!

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