I struggled with my weight for years, but I learned to lose the weight the healthy way & keep it off.
My dad has been a huge inspiration in this process. When I was young, he had a mild heart attack that prompted him to change his lifestyle. He got into running and playing tennis. He would run occasionaly, but built up endurance because he was very consistent with it. One day, while running, he was approached by a man who was an avid runner. He asked my dad if he had ever run any races and my dad said no. The man was surprised and told my dad that he'd been observing him for a while and he knew that my dad had what it took to participate in races. A couple of weeks later, my dad signed up for his first marathon; the 2004 LA Marathon. I remember my dad coming home from that race, limping and in pain, but extremely proud of his accomplishment. He had found a new passion.
Over the next two years he continued to work on his running and ran the 2005 and 2006 LA Marathons.
Sadly, in May of 2006, just 2 months after his third marathon, my dad was in a rollover car accident that left him paralyzed and quadriplegic.
Since then, I've wanted to run a marathon and dedicate it to my dad; I've always known that it would make him proud. Two months ago I decided that this was the right time & surprised my dad with the news on his birthday.
NextStep Fitness played a HUGE role in my dad's rehabilitation. Therefore, I decided to sign up for their LA Marathon charity team to help them raise funds. My family is SO grateful for everything they've done for my dad, and this is my way of paying it forward and thanking them.
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