Keeping Your Eyes On The Prize

In November, I wrote about traveling to Arizona to watch my son, Arece, train for his first marathon. We were back in Arizona last week as the big day finally came and Arece ran the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Phoenix.

I’m sure you can imagine how proud I am of Arece. I’m not just proud of him because he competed in the marathon, but for the desire and dedication he showed through all the many months of training.

The planning and discipline required was no small feat and it led to the success in achieving his goal. There’s another important thing that played a big role in his success – the support of family and friends.

As I talked to my son about his training regimen and watched him train, it became clear that it wasn’t just the day-by-day training that made the difference in his success. A lot of times, it was the minute-by-minute decisions he made that contributed to his success.

I thought about this a lot as I watched him train in the days leading up to the race and persevere during the race. I couldn’t help but be inspired and motivated by this. Now, that said, please let me clear something up right now. I am not going to run a marathon!

I’m never going to be a marathon runner, that’s true, but it’s also true that the things that helped Arece succeed – planning, preparing and persevering – will help me in my health journey.

As I’ve said before, my family is my biggest motivator in going the distance in my health journey. Like they say, “it’s not just a race, it’s a marathon,” so I’m putting in the time and effort to be the best me I can be. After all, when one of my grandkids decides to run a marathon, I want to be right there, cheering him or her on.

Next week, I’ll be talking about measurable difference in my journey.

This Week O’Nealism:
“It’s not just the time that you put in that makes the difference – it’s the determination and desire you put in that also makes the difference.”

O'Neal Hampton

About O'Neal Hampton

After being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic and weighing 420 pounds, O’Neal Hampton Jr. became a contestant during the 2010 season of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser." It was then that he was introduced to NuStep. Through the O'Neal Hampton Wellness Foundation, he educates others on the value and importance of exercise and nutrition. O’Neal Hampton Jr. is a NuStep spokesperson.

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