Lydia Livingston

Fitness quest

EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a junior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

Week 6

OK, so this week I got sick, again, and it put a little damper on my workout.

That wasnít fun, but by Thursday I was feeling better, which was good seeing as the next evening I had Relay For Life. Also, I was supposed to work out Friday; unfortunately, I didnít get to because of transportation issues. I think I more than made up for it that night though, because, at Relay For Life, I walked from midnight until 6:30 in the morning.

In that time I completed 313 laps around the gym, or the equivalent of 19.56 miles (I calculated because I was curious), and aside from the extremely sore feet, I felt great.

Out of everyone there I think there was only one person who got more beads for laps than I did (one of the on-site fundraisers was where you got a bead for every lap you completed).

When I sit back and look at it, this amazing accomplishment really is a testament to the work I am doing with my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz. I am pretty sure that before I started working out with him I would have given up after about two hours.

Not anymore, though. Thanks to him, I now have way better stamina and I enjoy being active like I did back in middle school when I played sports.

I know I may sound redundant saying this Ė because Iíve said it in my other columns before Ė but adopting a healthier lifestyle really is one of the best decisions you could make.

I have become happier, healthier and more in tune with myself since I started this change and I donít ever want to go back to my old ways. It just wouldnít suffice anymore and I am truly thankful for Daniel getting me to the point where I can see all the benefits of being healthy.

Donít get me wrong now, I am not in perfect shape and I still have a long way to go. In fact, we set a goal to get me down to 20-percent body fat this past Tuesday, because Iím at 26 percent, and that is going to be a whole lot of hard work and dedication.

The point is I want to put in the hard work to make it now, which is such a gift in itself.

Lydia Livingston is a junior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.