It’s that time of the year again ... the 4th annual Hendricks Regional Health YMCA’s Gobble Gallop. One year ago I had compared this fun Thanksgiving 5k race to a true IRONMAN. It still remains true that a growing family includes the toughest race in life.
Let’s set the pace ... if I can inspire just one person to start becoming more aware of their food choices and start moving more, my true goal will be accomplished. This family-friendly race is a great way to start a new tradition, but also to remind ourselves of the importance of our health. Be thankful you are able to make better food choices or be thankful you are able to put one foot in front of the other. Yes, it is technically a race, but as my three-year-old son reminds me often while drinking our milk, "It's not a race, mom!"
Moving more may be your first step to breaking that behavior chain or habit. You have many resources surrounding you to improve your health. For example, did you know that a Hendricks Regional Health YMCA membership includes up to four FREE registered dietitian consultation appointments?
This is a continued Gobble blog I wrote last November 2014, really to gain confidence in myself to hold true that I could complete my first half marathon. We all need accountability and the Gobble Gallop was where I started. Not only did I complete my first half, I have completed three since May 2015. We must always remember to craw before we walk. It was a struggle and at times (many times) wanted to quit. I had made a mental note to remind myself about how I felt about my own weight, energy level and nutrition which were all NOT good. I didn’t have my priorities set.
At times we allow our environment to control our behaviors. This Thanksgiving holiday may be a perfect time for you and your family or friends to make a lifestyle change. Improving our health is a priority and participating in a healthier lifestyle is always easier with support surrounding you.
Same as last year, kick off your Thanksgiving morning with a 3.1 mile walk, jog, or crawl to be able to enjoy some extra calories from your favorite Thanksgiving fixings. As I continue with my own running journey I am still counting on YOU to push or encourage me to do my best.