So many things in life are simply put — hard. Not much comes easy. Intuitively, we know this to be true, yet we often see people reaching for a way to debunk this almost natural law of the universe. And why should we expect anything to come easy anyway? Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own explained “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Can’t argue with you on that one Tom, well said.
Despite getting her thyroid in check and making a continual effort to exercise and be active the weight just would not come off. Frustrated and feeling as though she was setting a horrible example for her children, Barbara decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2010. A decision Barbara cautions is not a quick fix solution to weight loss, but rather a tool to help create an environment where she could finally focus purposefully on herself.
It is a lesson that she feels is so important to pass on to others on a similar journey as hers. She explains, “Support of friends and family is awesome, but they aren't inside our heads. We are the only ones who can honestly make the changes we want to.”
When Barbara looks back at her journey she’s most appalled at how society treats overweight individuals. It’s hard not to think back on the rude comments and disrespectful glances when someone now says to her “you are so naturally skinny”.
If only they knew how hard she’s worked to overcome all that goes along with a life in an overweight body. It is drawing strength from her journey however that keeps her setting her sights high. One thing is for sure; she’s on a path that includes many more miles traversed by her own two feet.
So what’s next for Barbara? She is training hard for the Western Pacific Marathon at the end of April and the Reservoir Dogs 35k at the start of July. Of course she also plans on completing both Run The Year 2017 and the Amerithon Challenge by the end of the year through her pursuits.
We know completing both challenges in the year is no easy feat, but the team here at Run The Edge has no doubt she will knock our challenges out of the park much like the women in “A League of Their Own...no boundaries, only opportunity. Go hit your home run Barbara, show them why “the hard is what makes it great.” The Run The Edge family is here to cheer you on!