Some of you may not even know that Matt and I have a sister. Actually, that’s why I am writing this post, because you need to know about her. Kristie is the oldest of all of us, and she lives in Windsor Locks. You may have seen her at mission FITNESS taking an occasional class, attending a seminar, or cheering Matt and I on at a race or fundraising event.
Kristie has been open with her journey, so I am sure she doesn’t mind me sharing. Her weight has been an ongoing battle, she has seen highs and lows and has fought weight loss for many years. Currently, she is on a great track and has recently loss 42 lbs, dropping 5lbs last week.
When she posted that she was doing the C25K (Couch to 5K) app and had a tough time with her last workout, I replied saying to let me know if I can do anything. She wrote back and said, “maybe you can run with me tomorrow” I cannot tell you how happy this made me. For her to allow me to share this journey with her and to trust me enough to run by her as she tackled a tough run challenge really made me feel good.
I can’t imagine what it must be like for my sister. While she is struggling to lose weight she has a brother and sister who are doing IRONMANS, ultra marathons etc. However, here’s the thing about my sister, even if she had the desire to do events like these, she probably wouldn’t.
Why? Because doing endurance events like those above takes a ton of time, and a little bit of selfishness. Well, maybe a lot of selfishness. And Kristie is the most unselfish person you will ever meet. I hope for one second Kristie does not think that me doing an IRONMAN makes me any better than her. While I was out biking 100 miles on a Sunday morning, she was volunteering at her local church, and teaching CCD classes. While I spent hours upon hours in the woods alone bettering myself, she is busy being the Girl Scout Leader for her daughter and taking a group of girls into the woods to make THEM better. While I spend the summer hours in the lake swimming, she is out tutoring those who are having a tough time in school. While my job as a personal trainer allows me to workout while I get paid, her job is working with children with autism, a job that not many would be able to do with so much love and passion like she does.
So, as I ran the trails Sunday morning right before I was going to meet her, I couldn’t help but think that some may think I am inspiring for what I do. (Don’t get me wrong, that is a big reason why I do what I do) but, it must be said that my sister – and so many out there just like her – are just as inspiring, if not more.
I saw Kristie pushing herself as she ran up the hill during her C25K app and thought it was no different than me pushing myself at the 5k the day before. We were both out of breath, nearly puking, wanting to stop…. and neither of us did. So whether you are doing a 6 minute mile or a 15 minute mile…it doesn’t matter. If you are giving it all you have and you DO NOT QUIT and keep showing up, YOU ARE INSPIRING.
So Kristie, you will probably never do an IRONMAN because you would never take that much time for yourself… and man, do I honor that. However, what I hope you continue to realize is 30 minutes to an hour a day you MUST take for yourself and keep doing what you’re doing. It is the most unselfish thing you can do…because a HEALTHY you is so important for your future and your daughters future.
I am so proud of you and I know that you will keep progressing. Not only is our family here for you, but I KNOW that the mission FITNESS family is here for you too!!
Keep pushing, keep inspiring.