A couple of weeks ago we received the following email. This happens from time to time and I can tell you it is a source of great joy to me. To know that our blog and story has reached out to a total stranger and made a difference to them is quite humbling as well as inspiring. I contacted Marisa and found out more about her and she shared with me some of the more personal reasons she has to get healthy and fit. Marisa also shared a collection of photos of how she has looked over the past years - some of which I have included here. Marisa lives in The Caribbean, the probability of us ever meeting in real life is remote -- but how wonderful that we have been able to make a connection and find commonality worlds apart. I really feel blessed to have this blog and contact with such lovely women that chose to share their stories....
"Dear Carla and Beck,
I found your blog while looking for my daily dose of motivation. I'd like to share my story with you two lovely women.
I was an underweight child and teenager. In spite of this, I was a tough little "tomboy" and very athletic. I played volleyball on my high school's team and won MVP one year. I was small, but I was toned, fit and very strong. I had energy to burn.
After high school I did two years of college in the US (I am from the Caribbean), and for the first time in my young life I was overweight. I also suffered 3 left knee dislocations during this time-frame, and 2 ankle sprains, which further slowed down any physical activity.
Twice in the last 10 years I lost the weight, and came down to a more than acceptable size. In 2010 I went back to school and once again the inches crept up on me, and I kept consoling myself with "It's just a couple of pounds, I'll lose it". I haven't lost any of it, and am now 30 pounds heavier than the start of 2010.
I turned 30 this year, and was determined, not unlike what Beck said, to be fit again for my 30th party. I unfortunately suffered 3 ankle injuries, in Jan, Feb and Mar, completely tearing my ATFL (anterior talofibular ligament) in my left ankle. I had to sit out any exercise for 2 months while I went to physiotherapy. I put on another 5 lbs.
In June I started back my exercise routine, having been declared fit by both my doctor and physiotherapists. The scale has not yet moved, but I can see the changes (I'm doing p90x). I'm sore every day, but besides that fact I LOVE how I feel, and I love how I am beginning to look again. I have once more cleaned up my diet. I really hope I can find a way to keep it clean. It is so hard to remain focused when the school semester gets going. So that will be my challenge come Sept.
Your blog was inspiring. I'm going bookmark it to return to and read bits and piece when I need that extra push, for the days when I do not feel like exercising. Keep up the good work. And kudos to both of you for getting your "sexy" back )