Making lemonade

I feel like I have to explain myself.  One could look at me and be confused by how someone of my somewhat “husky” nature could be the person behind a fitness company.  To clear things up, I’ll share my story.   First and foremost – I have a love affair with food.   PassingLEFT is about all things local and let me tell you, I do my part to support local eateries.

After college, I moved from Michigan to Arlington, VA.  Living in the Washington DC metro area, there is a lot of pressure to look the part of a blossoming young professional.    I decided I needed to drop the pounds I accumulated from late night Taco Bell runs, cheap Chinese buffets, Captain Morgan, and countless hours of vegging in front of the boob tube with my college roommates.  So I turned to running and healthier eating.  After gaining a little confidence and dropping a few, I decided to sign up for my first 5k, which happened to be the 9/11 Memorial 5k.  I loved it.  It was so exhilarating to be part of something so meaningful and the sounds of the crowd lit a fire under my ass.  I wanted more.  So I signed myself up for the Army 10-Miler.  It was incredible and by my standards, I rocked it.  Unfortunately though, my feet have never been the same.  I cannot tell you what I did to them; all I can say is that they hurt.  It’s been almost 7 years, countless doctors, injections, procedures, and tests – but no remedy.  To add insult to injury, a few years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which also limits the type of physical activity I can participate in.  Over the years, I have adapted and have become fond of lower impact activities such as biking and yoga.  But needless to say, my limitations and love of food is not the best combination.  But what I have discovered is a grand appreciation for health.  I would give anything to have my feet back and for my ulcerative colitis to shrivel up and die.  When life gives you lemons, one must make lemonade.  Just because I cannot be as active as I would like, does not mean I cannot pursue other outlets and encourage others.  After all, life is about being the best you can be with what you have.