A little over a year and a half ago my wife told me that she was pregnant with our first child. I couldn’t believe it, I was going to be a dad! Not long after that I decided to start Operation Loose Weight So Nathan Doesn’t Have A Fat Daddy. I vowed that I would not let myself be the overweight Dad on the sidelines of his son’s game telling him what he should be doing, while I couldn’t even do it myself.
So I started running, I started small, a half mile every couple days and little by little I increased my distance. Well, as of today I have lost 55 pounds and currently run 8 miles a day during the week and 10 miles on Saturdays. I NEVER thought I would become a runner, I had tried countless times to get into the routine of running daily but had failed miserably, but this time was different. This time I had a reason to run.
Last week I completed my first race a 10k and the whole time I was running my mind was thinking back to the past year and all that it took to get me to that place. Then as I was coming down the home stretch I looked up and saw my son standing there, cheering for me as I crossed the finish line. It was at that moment that I realized: HE IS WHY I RUN.
I honestly believe the reason I was able to stick with running and loose the weight that I did was because I knew WHY I was running. That was the key to it all. So how about you, why do you run?
Rob Schwinge is a pastor in Wyckoff New Jersey. Check out his blog: www.alittlebitdifferent.org. FUN FACT: every Friday on the blog is “Fat Pastor Friday” where he gives tips on weight loss and healthier living.