Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Fitness Month - May 2010

A quote from the book, "E Myth Revisited" by Michael Gerber - "Your business is a reflection of you". Those were powerful words to a overweight mom of three young children under the age of 5. My translation - if I want a better running business, I have to improve myself. Reading those words started me on my fitness journey in June of 2006. Even today, I still count days to when I reached my fitness goal and maintain a fitness routine so I can not return to my pre-fitness weight of 250 lbs.

As I was thinking about this month's theme, I researched on Google and found out that May is National Fitness Month. What a beautiful theme for the month of May! After the April showers, May is the "unofficial" beginning of Spring and the flowers begin to bloom. Philadelphia is a great city for runners - With the 20in24 annual race sponsored by the non-profit organization back on my feet, gener8tion run fundraiser for students run philly style, the ODDYSSEY half marathon, the ING distance run ( now Rock N Roll Philadelphia) in September, the Philadelphia marathon and the greatest race on the fastest course with 30,000 runners this year - the broad street run. These are a few of the many races that line the streets of Philadelphia and the largest urban park in the country- fairmount park and it's enchanting outdoor adventure called Valley Green.

I had successfully lost weight 3 times before but did not maintain the plan once I reached my goal. It was a partnership with SIS fitness that I learned how to lose weight and MAINTAIN my fitness goal. It was at sis fitness that I learned the importance of stretch which took me from a size 16 to a size 10. It is discipline and understanding The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen that helps me keep the weight off 3 years later. African- American women have the highest rate of obesity in the nation, I share this story to inspire and motivate others to add a healthy balance fitness routine to their lifestyle. It is up to each of us to share our struggles and help each other that will eventually change this statistic. Join us as we celebrate this fitness Month by adding a fitness routine and setting a fitness goal to your lifestyle!