Spotlight Sunday…Sandy Miller – “Why don’t you do a 5K everyday?”

Spotlight Sunday…Sandy Miller – “Why don’t you do a 5K everyday?”

 

You know how we all have excuses why not to workout, and how we’re too busy, or keep procrastinating or…

But not Sandy! She is going through a very tough period in her life but she is staying strong anyways. Just read Sandy’s story below and you’ll see what we’re talking about…

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SandyAt 2:00am the morning of November 5, I woke with knife-like jabbing pain in my abdomen. I assumed I had food poisoning. I had, what I thought were symptoms of food poisoning. I roamed the house until 5:00am, when I decided the pain and accompanying sickness was not going away on its own. I woke my husband and off to the emergency room we went. I told the attendant, who signed me in, “I think I have food poisoning”. His response was “something is going on tonight. You’re the third person tonight with these symptoms.” I figured those two other people must have gone to the same restaurant my husband and I went to the night before. But, alas, I was wrong. It was the old appendix, which needed extracting from my body. Amazing how a 15 minute procedure (as my appendix did not burst, but was greatly enlarged) can really mess you up. I exited the hospital 15 lb. heavier (due to the fluids they pumped into me and the gas they used to inflate my stomach for surgery). Additionally, I was placed on a very limited/restricted activity level.

This past Thursday, I went to the doctor and he said I was healing fine. I asked if I could go back to boot camp. He said “not until December 5. If you do too much, you could get a hernia.” He then said “right now, you can only walk.” I went home and informed my husband “I can only walk.” He said these profound words, “why don’t you do a 5K everyday.” Wow, challenge accepted! J

Now, let me explain. Old Sandy or what I like to call BBC (before boot camp) would have done exactly what the doctor recommended. I would have walked from the refrigerator in my kitchen to the couch to watch some TV. I would have walked to the mailbox to get the mail. At the end of the day, I would have walked from the couch to bed. Hey – that is what the doctor ordered, right?

I think walking is quite the forgotten sport. When I signed up for boot camp last March, my goal was to gain strength because when I am 85 years old:

  •  I want to be able to open that pickle jar, without calling my son to do it for me
  •  I want to walk around the grocery store on my own two feet, without the aid of a motor-scooter attached to the shopping cart
  •  I want to take my dog on walks (presuming I have a dog when I am 85 years old.)
  •  And, now, thanks to my husband’s suggestion: I am adding walking 5Ks as much and as often as I can

My parents who are 76 and 75 years old recently participated in a 5K in October. My siblings and I joined them and had a great time. I considered it a one time affair, something I did with my family. Now; I have cleared the dust off my treadmill and I consider myself in training for the many 5K walks I sign up for from now until I’m in my 70’s and 80’s and God willing, my 90’s.

As far as boot camp? I can’t wait for December 5 when I can return and gain back the strength I have lost while recuperating. I did have a wish that the appendix, which no longer liked residing within me (which is only the size of my little finger), weighed about 20 lb. That would have been the answer to all my “why won’t the scale go down” questions. But, that is a subject for another blog. Stay tuned…..

Sandy

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Zack here again. I’ll be the first one to admit that I have all kind of excuses. Yesterday was one of the few times I’ve workout at our gym alone. I had whole gym to myself…pushups, squats, pull ups, dumbbells, kettlebells, suspension bands, loud music…it was great feeling.

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Thank you Sandy for this inspirational story…Hopefully everyone learn something from this. Definitely we did.

 

Talk soon,

Zack & Kosta

 


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