Annie Gets Fit

inside is healthy. outside is about to be.

You are able.

I friend stopped me in the parking lot yesterday and pulled a tiny stone heart from her pocket. She said, “I feel like this is for you.”

She laid it in my hand and as I felt the letters.

A B L E

Able.

And with the Get Fit Challenge ending this week for us, I can’t help but feel that this little stone heart is a gift from a very watchful God.

If there is one thing I needed to know today, it is that I am able.

Since January, I have learned….

I am able to eat healthy

I am able to exercise and not hate it

I am able to treat food like food, not like a friend

I am able to live day to day

I am able to be the best me.

And I want to tell you this: YOU ARE ABLE.

You are.

It’s just true.

One day at a time, one meal at a time, one run at a time.

You are able.

I can’t believe the challenge is over. I can’t believe how different I feel. I can’t believe that starting tomorrow, no one will be watching my every nutritional intake or counting my exercise hours.

Regardless, I am going to live this healthy lifestyle. I like it. And even on the days when it gets impossibly hard, or when the gym is THE.LAST. place I want to go, or when I hate everything about being healthy, I will keep going.

Because I am able.

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

One more week.

That’s it.

How has this challenge gone by so quickly?

I am thankful.

What an amazing experience.

It is weird to talk about the challenge, obviously, while our friends and families have lost so much in the Nashville floods. It really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

It makes me grateful for my people.

The ones who have loved me deeply through this experience- every step of the way. And as this challenge comes to an end, I don’t even know how to thank them. There aren’t words.

But as I help my neighbors clean out their basements and remove the flooded pieces of their lives, I can’t help but be grateful for my health, for this opportunity, and for my wonderful friends.

Thank you Channel 4, Subway, and Nashville Athletic Club. Thank you also the other 9 contestants- y’all were (and are) an inspiration to me.

And thanks again to all my dear friends and family. This experience wouldn’t have been half as fun or half as successful without you.

Much love, Nashville.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments