Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center employees have embarked on a wellness challenge that will change their lives forever! Over the next six months, these people will be coached, trained and transformed into triathlon-level athletes through the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Live Fit program.
So, another week in brings us another week closer to the ‘final challenge’, a little more than 2 weeks away.
This brings up the question “Am I ready?” I answer… “Is anyone really ever ready? Is there ever a most ideal time to have children, get married, buy a house, and go on vacation? What if we just have a little more training, save a little more, just finish re-doing that spare room?”
So, although I may not feel ready, I wasn’t necessarily in the previous examples either, and wouldn’t change my life up for the world. Every experience has made me stronger — and more able to face what lies ahead.
That being said, I would like to vent a bit. I realize I had surgery to assist weight loss. I had it because I was tired of the yo-yo game, tired of being on the sidelines watching my children play, and sitting around watching life play out in front of me. I realize it is, as my doctor has told me along the way, a TOOL. It definitely has helped, and I will never hide the fact I had it done.
However, I have worked my butt off for this triathlon. Along the way I have met an awesome bunch of people, learned that exercise doesn’t have to be mundane, and enormous amounts of information regarding ways to improve my running, biking, and swimming. I am extremely grateful to have such a tremendous opportunity, and walk away with invaluable information, and added confidence that yes, I can do it!!!
I could have had gastric bypass and just sat around after, and watch/hope the weight would fall off. Would I meet my goal? Who knows, that’s not now, nor has it ever been me, to just sit around and wait for life to be handed to me on a silver platter. I consider myself a ‘tough one,’ and it’s something I’m proud of. That may sound terribly harsh to some, but you have to understand what we’ve been through.
To watch all of your children go in for multiple surgeries (like my youngest’s open heart) is hard, but you have to be strong for them, and have faith in the surgeon you are handing your infant over to. Knowing that my youngest will still need another heart surgery when he is in middle or high school, knowing that my middle child’s surgeon wants to do yet another surgery on his crazy colics…. If I sat around and worried about this each and every day, it would be terribly depressing. Through these surgeries, we have been to both major children’s hospitals in the state, and just when we think we have it bad, we would find people or things that would make us realize it’s not so bad. For example, a whole hospital dedicated to sick kids, that’s colossal. Walking around the hospital and seeing a little girl with chemo running, hair gone, sitting outside watching her Dad blow bubbles, watching her giggle like crazy. That’s the sort of humbling experience I’m referring to.
So, if I appear cold at times, forgive me, I have had to toughen up. But would I change anything??? No way. In fact, I have so much more empathy (yes, empathy not sympathy) for those who are going through or about to go through the same sort of experiences.
So, yes, I had surgery. Who knows if I would have lost as much as I have without the tri-training. But you know what? I also realized how much I can push myself, cram into a day, and I am also able to watch the improvements in myself. For that I am grateful, and most definitely appreciate this whole experience!
Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s expertswill put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.