This time last Saturday, your friendly neighborhood Sherrie walked her first 5K.
The original plan was to walk/run, but the joints were not having it.
I arrived late and started after everyone was gone. Adele was singing her heart out in my ears and I was near tears myself. But I kept going. Besides, Charleston needed to see me repping for #TeamVegan. I had someone ask about my shirt and plant-based living, which is what I’d hoped.
And this band was my mantra. I was there to compete with the Sherrie from a few months ago. The Sherrie who wouldn’t have pushed the crowd out of her head and just walked.
But I did it! Black Girls Run Charleston, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness community, Official Team Green, Vegan N3rd Squad, and my Facebook fitness families and running clubs, thank you. To my family, thanks. To Sherrie from a few months ago, see what you did? We’ve got this!
On to the next one!
No, this is not another ‘no longer vegan,’ posts. It’s just a commentary on trying work around meds and supplements that aren’t exactly veg-friendly.
It’s a struggle, y’all. Not sticking to my way of eating, but trying to find vegan supplements and meds. I’ve found many that work, but not all are veg-friendly. Does it make me less compassionate? No. It means I’m one of the many dealing with this.
If you choose to judge me based on this mindset, so be it. Step into body on a high pain day(well, week) and talk to me afterward. I’m doing what needs to be done while I find the optimal balance.
Does it mean veg-friendly instead of certified vegan supplements? If the veg-friendly products work best, yes. Does it mean dealing with meds that have no vegan alternative? Yes, unfortunately. Does it make me sad? Yes.
I need to keep it together while on the journey. On days like today, that means healing by any means necessary.
My heart is heavy. Not only are icons from my childhood leaving this plane, dear ones are also struggling with loss.
I hurt with you. I’m sorry.
So, what goals have you set for yourself? I registered for the Shrimp & Grits 5K on January 16 – my first non-virtual event! The 5K is part of the Charleston Marathon series of events that include a marathon, half marathon, 5K, and bike ride benefitting the Youth Endowment for the Arts. I’m so excited! This will not be my last. Are you running, walking, or biking?
My other main goal for 2016 is to become more flexible. My joints and muscles will thank me for it. As for weight and fat loss, food, etc., I like the path I’m on and will keep on it. I’m seeing progress and that’s all I need.
So, what are your 2016 plans?