A little motivation for you all today!
For the past three-four weeks I have been trying to fall into a pattern of walking and running and (attempting) to eat healthier. I’m not going totally cold turkey with it, but at least trying to cut back and choose a little more wisely.
Today I stepped up on the scale and to my chagrin, I’ve gained two pounds since last weighing, and I honestly felt like throwing in the towel. I went on my walk/run and ate perfectly the rest of the day and tried to shrug off my disappointment. I was beginning to wonder if it all was even worth it when my mom happened to be flipping through the channels and American Ninja Warrior was on.
I have only heard about the show but never have actually sat down to watch it. I believe I was meant to watch it tonight, though. A young man, Kyle Cochran, was a competitor through the show and come to find out, he is a diabetic like I am. When it first showed him, I was blown away. For one, he looks amazing. I mean really, he’s in excellent shape!
Through a little background research, I’ve found that Kyle and I aren’t that much different when it comes to diabetes. (That’s about where it ends, though! Ha!). I’ve had several people tell me what they think I can or can’t do. I’ve been told not to eat this, but to only have this. (Not even by doctors mind you…By fellow co-workers of mine). There was once when I was in high school where a girl pointed out that I was eating in class (due to low blood sugar). Thankfully, the rest of the class understood but I felt a bit embarrassed, considering she knew I was even a diabetic.
Kyle has had a similar experience, and has determined not to let any of it stop him. To break the barriers between “normal” people and diabetics. To never sit on the sidelines from doing something he wants to do due to the fact that he is a diabetic. (He is a climber, paraglider, skier, soccer player, gymnast, dance and cheer instructor, an active member in his church…yeah.)
To get an idea of how in-shape this guy is, someday check out American Ninja Warrior if you haven’t already. This obstacle course, which for the fit of the fittest, is something I can only admire people for trying. But to have a young man conquer not only the (majority of the) course, but his obstacles with diabetes makes me all the more inspired, and truly proud of him for going out there with a vengeance!
Even if you’re not a diabetic but struggle with staying on track of being healthier, let this be an inspiration for you. If you are a diabetic and have been held back by the label like so many of us, let this be an inspiration to you. If you are someone who is letting something hold you back from fulfilling your dreams… Let this be an inspiration to you.
Because what I have learned from Kyle’s story is that we can. I can work hard to obtain my goals, not only health wise but future goals as well. You can do the same.
I strongly encourage you to check out more of his story, and hope that this was as great of encouragement for you as it was for me!