Happy Friday! I’m thrilled to see so many more success stories coming out of our recent challenges, I decided you needed to hear Pete’s story!
Working out and exercise mean different things to different people. Everyone can lose weight and inches and feel better about themselves but each person has a different story as to why they started and what it did for them. When Pete told me his story I have to say it really made me think and I got a bit emotional…
Pete was one of those guys who really didn’t do much physical fitness. He did some push ups here and there, walked at work and treated projects around his house as his exercise. He tried weight watchers and lost about 15 lbs. but he didn’t get out of it what he wanted.
“While I lost some weight, I didn’t gain the physical rewards I was looking for like strength or endurance. Mentally, I was frustrated by the smallest of things. I had enough experience to know that this was the probably the result of not getting any exercise. Yet I didn’t have the motivation to get the exercise as part of a routine.”
Pete found us through Amazon and all this was changed for him. He told me that every session he attends the stress drains out of him leaving him with a fresh perspective on life. This is only thing though that gave him a different perspective on life and on exercise. And this is the part where I got tears.
I asked Pete what his inspiration was and this is what he told me.
“There are a few different facets to this. On one hand, I guess I’m selfish that I don’t want to be “That guy” who looks and acts 75 when they’re 50. On the other hand, my brother was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Here is a guy who was a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do who can no longer walk, much less zip up his jacket. I can’t really describe the pain and sorrow of watching someone wither away. There isn’t a known cause or a known cure for this disease. It just happened. While I’m not a particularly religious person, whenever I see him I’m struck by how cruel the disease is, and how lucky the rest of us are. It would be easy for Ted to cave into a mush bucket and crawl into a bottle. But he faces each day with a positive, happy to be alive, look at how fortunate I am attitude. God I wished I had that emotional strength. But I don’t. So I cope by training/working-out and counting the blessings I do have.”
WOW!!! Life really is precious and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I have a feeling that Pete’s brother is a strong as he is because of the exercise and physical discipline he had prior to getting ALS. I get goose bumps thinking about this.
For Pete, he is in a better place because he took the chance to come in and do something about his own health. It’s not always easy taking that step, but as you can see it paid of for him. He is a better person because of it.
“Probably the best thing that has happened to me is that I now have much more patience for everything at home and work.
I jokingly say that this is my daily Romper Room time, but in some ways it really is. For me, it’s fun to meet new people who share a common interest. It makes my day when I can sprinkle in some comments or references (often self-deprecating) to get people to laugh and engage.”
I know I say this over and over again, but I feel amazing inside to be a part of stories like this. It truly is an amazing feeling.