Get Healthy, Rockton!
So, the Rockton Chamber of Commerce is developing a campaign called “Get Healthy Rockton!” Why are we doing this? We believe that people can live happier, longer lives, just by living a healthier lifestyle.
I know what you’re thinking…you’re probably saying “really?” “Come on Laura Baker….Ms. Executive Director of the Chamber, and promoter of this concept! Have you taken a look in the mirror lately?!” I have—and I’m definitely not the same person as just six years ago when I used to do both road and mountain bike racing on a team. Nope—I’m far from that person! My life now consists of stress, late nights at work, and fast food!
I’ve tried a few times to get “back into shape”, but my schedule hasn’t allowed me—or so I keep telling myself. I have to admit, I’m tired, sluggish, and pretty much a chair potato that sits in front of my computer working constantly. I have a ton of excuses—I have migraines, I’m busy, I’m finishing an MBA, I have a family, I’m stressed, I’m tired, and I don’t have time to cook healthy or exercise!
But when it gets down to it—I’m unhealthy. I have high blood pressure—and am on medicine to regulate it while is also supposed to reduce my migraines. Yesterday, when I checked my blood pressure, it read 187/89—and I’ve been on Verapamil for 4 months! At this rate, I have put myself in harm’s way. I’m on a collision course with diabetes, heart disease, and a stroke! Gulp!
Why am I telling you all of this, you ask? Well…the Rockton Chamber of Commerce has a committee dedicated to putting together a 5K Fun Run & Bike Ride, scheduled for Saturday, August 18th. We want you to take part in it to help make a healthier community. But we don’t want you to think we are just all talk and no action on this end! Nope—that’s why I am writing today. I have….gulp…..promised to get healthy right along with you. I will get back on my bike, I will eat healthier foods…and gulp again…..I will be more conscious to drink a lot more water every day!
Yes—this is what I intend to do, and I am making it public! I promise you will see a difference in me come August 18th. Sure, I have a long way to go after that. But this is just a start—and a baby step. I promise to ride the 36-mile option—at a minimum—the day before the event (most likely I will be helping on the day of the event.)
Watch my blog right here—I plan to share my ups and downs with you in hopes that it will encourage you to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s my promise to you, Rockton!