Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
At some point in our lives we all reach a place where we need someone to step up and be the voice of reason and hand us the cold hard facts. I call these selfless and courageous individuals our Agents of Reality. They step into our comfort zone and confront us kindly and gently with truths that will benefit us in the long run.
Shortly after having my son I packed on the pounds. Because my weight gain was so sudden I genuinely didn’t see the change in the mirror. In spite of my clothes not fitting at all, I still did not see the physical change. Although physically the signs were there, my brain still had not registered the change.
After several months my husband captured a photo of me and showed it to me. I was shocked. Seeing the photo versus my image in a mirror made me see how out of control my weight had become. Once I was able to accept that I was carrying over 20 pounds of extra weight I began to notice all the other symptoms I had been ignoring. Feeling unenergetic and sluggish. My breathing had become a bit labored and I had a general uneasy feeling that came from a steady diet of unhealthy foods that essentially were empty calories.
Shortly after accepting the truth, I immediately made some choices that put me on the path to a healthier lifestyle. The process did not happen overnight, but the results have been steady and long-term.
Perhaps you need an Agent of Reality in your life, or maybe you recognize there is someone that needs your genuine words of concern in order to guide them towards a healthier life.
Having the courage to confront your truth and that of others is monumental in your journey to a healthy and fit life. If there is a change you know you have been neglecting, face it and deal with it. You will immediately benefit from just confronting it and you will gain life long tools to carry you through the rest of your life.
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December 12th, 2011