A Defining Change

My roommate, Courtney.

She’s smart, she’s driven and she’s determined.

I knew this even before we became roommates in August. She gets things done and does them well. She knows how to have fun, but also how to focus on her education and her health.

Recently, Courtney made a change. A change that would directly impact her health for the better.

“Part of my wakeup call was that I tried to run a single mile, four laps around this park near my house, and I physically could not do it. So I decided I needed to make a change.”

Starting a healthy routine of diet and exercise is not as easy as it sounds – something Courtney learned quickly.

“It would have been harder if my family wasn’t behind me. Both of my parents supported my decision to start eating healthier and workout more. I don’t think I could have done it without their support.”

During the summer of 2017, Courtney started going to CrossFit in West Des Moines. Here, she began to see first-hand the effects of her new healthy lifestyle.

“It doesn’t make sense, but when I don’t work out, I notice that I’m more tired. I don’t have motivation. I’m just kind of… bleh. But when I do work out and get it done, I’m ready for the day. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to take on the world.”

But that’s not all. Courtney not only began regularly attending CrossFit classes, but she also began running on a regular basis.

“I didn’t think I would like running as much as I do. But the more I got used to it and the more endurance I built up, I really enjoyed it. It’s my stress-reliever.”

In the past year, Courtney has ran three 5Ks and is training to run the Des Moines Dam-to-Dam half marathon that will be held in June. But she’s not planning to stop there.

“I decided that a year from now, I’m going to run a marathon! But I’m going to really try to do it the right way. I’m going to eat what I need to eat, I’m going to run when I need to run, and I’m going to make sure that I do everything for myself.”

Courtney is an inspiration to me. Because I’ve known her since my first week here at Simpson College, I have seen the difference in her. She’s happier. She’s more active. And when she decides she’s going to stick to a certain diet or exercise program, she does. Courtney inspires me to be the best that I can be.

So, because of my dear roommate, I will begin training WITH her for the Des Moines Dam-to-Dam half marathon. It sounds SO scary, but I know that Courtney will push me and motivate me.

This is the benefit of having healthy friendships. She pushes me, I push her. All because of one change she made last summer.

My challenge for you today is to look at your friendships. Do you have that person who will push you to be your best? If not, why can’t YOU be that person? YOU can make a defining change to help your friends be the best they can be. And who knows? Maybe you’ll do something crazy, like sign up for a half marathon.

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