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Plus-size runner inspires overweight athletes

Check It Out: Valerio, Inspiring Runner

Source: KSAT12 News Online

'You can't judge a book by its cover' were the words that came to mind after reading about Mirna's journey. There are two things I love about this story: the first is that instead of feeling sorry for herself and continuing down an un-healthy path, she made the decision to completely change her lifestyle and take back her life.

Trading in new habits for old ones is one of the most difficult things to do when you first start your fitness journey. The key is finding an activity you love and are interested in, exercise should be something you look forward to and not avoid. Find your passion and you will start to build confidence, reduce stress and build a community of like-minded individuals that will help you succeed. You may have to sacrifice relationships in order to achieve your goals, but remember you only want people around you who truly support and want the best for you.

The second thing I love about this is that even when she was faced with people telling her she didn't fit the 'look' of a runner or athlete, she didn't let that stop her. Instead, she made it her goal to prove them wrong and break the stereotype of what defines an athlete. One thing that fascinates me with people in today's society is the desire we have to break out of the standards and boundaries that were established years ago. We want the ability to express who we are and share our desires no matter what we look like, our age, or our gender--and that is a beautiful thing.

The thing I admire most about Mirna is her strength. She is a woman on a mission and I can't wait to see what barrier she breaks next!

Words of Wisdom:

"Typically, when you see a person when they are heavier, they are unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives. In the after picture, they are thinner, they are happier. That is not me. I don't think I represent what societal norms say that a fat person should be -- and that's lazy, unambitious and sitting on a couch."~ Mirna Valerio