Inspiring Determination

Elite athletes work hard for years and years. They work on building the right muscles, balance, focus and all the specialties to their sport. Athletes embraces the competition and take any "setback" and uses if as fuel for further improvement of skill. These people have an ability to come back even stronger, to compete again and again till they finally win. It fascinates me - these character traits.
I came across a few people - "determined" people that have achieved some pretty great things.

The ultra fit Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons, in 50 states of the US, in 50 days. Why: He wanted to send a message to the people of America; get off the couch and reclaim your health! Here`s Karnazes secret:

"run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up"

A Romanian woman, Nadia Comaneci is known to be one of the worlds best gymnasts. At the age of 14 she scored a perfect 10 in Olympic competition, making her the first woman to ever do so. Comaneci has personally funded the construction and operation of a Children`s clinic that provides low-cost and free medical support in Romania. She also speaks no less then 5 languages and has spoken at the UN. Comaneci`s words are:
"Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win."

Lance Armstrong was a promising athlete who got served the worst possible news as a 25 year old. He was diagnosed with cancer and given less then 40% chance of surviving. Despite the odds, he managed to beat the affliction, he then returned to his sport (cycling) and won it`s top prize, not just once - but seven years in a row he won Tour De France. Armstrong is now doing awareness work for cancer, see Armstrong`s wisdom in few words are:
"Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever".

 Learning about these people inspires me to go after more. To dream bigger, to not let anything hold me back, but to be determined. I love how these 3 people have fought their own battle, and now they fight battles for other people!
Something stirs up inside of me when I see the charts of child obesity increasing every day in America, it`s also not right that people suffer from eating normal food because of additives and chemicals. I am not a politician, nor am I a doctor. But I am one that cares about these things, and can make a difference.
About a week ago I got to do a photo shoot with an incredible photographer and a good friend - Myriah Grubbs. I wanted her to capture my passions, and I thought she did a phenomenal job. Here is just a sneak peak ;) Here is me "picking a fight" with some of the "issues" that I care about...
I think one of the main goals of staying healthy is so that we are strong enough to fight battles for others. For our sons and daughters, for our parents, siblings grandparents and friends. And for those that don`t have the resources to make it happen. These are reasons that inspires me for health. 

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Anonymous,  5:29 PM  

Such a great post; I love your passion and can't wait to see all the battles you win! Go Kat!

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