Why don’t we share more personal successes and wins amongst our professional circles? So many of us speak the concept of bringing our whole selves to work, but oftentimes, we only do it when it elevates our professional credentials. I want to share with you a personal win. One that was not easy for me. It was the completion of my first half-marathon (13.1 miles). All my life I have struggled with balancing a healthy lifestyle. My family came from Guatemala and instilled in me many of my foundational concepts of what was healthy and what was not. I then tried to balance that along with what I was taught here in the United States. Altogether, you got an overweight version of myself for the majority of my teen and adult years. I struggled with justifying time at the gym and eating “clean.”
Late last year, my health choices finally caught up with my body and landed me in the hospital. It was then that I decided I needed to make a change in my life and begin investing in quality foods, form a better relationship with my health and body, and come to terms with my reality.
8 months later, I ran my first half-marathon and here is what I learned from it.
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