I have never watched American Ninja Warrior mainly because if it’s not on Netflix or YouTube, I wouldn’t have any idea it exists but I have seen the video of #mightykacy Kacy Catanzaro and let me tell you I was blown away. I sat through seven minutes of breath holding, tummy tingling suspense and by the time it was over felt like jumping up and doing a dance around my living room.
Kacy is my ultimate definition of “girl power” and a great role model. This woman is 5’ tall, 100 pounds and made it through obstacles that many men couldn’t make it halfway through on their best day. She is a powerhouse. Of course, many will say that she has been training for this her whole life because she is a champion gymnast but that only proves my point. This girl has been working on improving herself her pretty much since birth. She didn’t stop after her gymnastics career was over and if you watch her face during the video, I promise you it never once crossed her mind that she couldn’t finish it. I would kill for confidence and ability like that. Just watch her in action.
I think this video impacted me more then it normally would have because yesterday I received the results of my recent blood work from the doctor telling me that I have high cholesterol. I couldn’t even process this when I first opened it. I know most of you are probably thinking that it’s no big deal, millions of people have it but to me it really was. In my mind, I am still young and healthy even at 38 years old. Of course the first thing I did was Google cholesterol and ways to lower it. I really, really did not like what it was telling me. It wants me to change my eating habits, start exercising and stop smoking. Yes I smoke. It is my shameful vice that I can’t seem to shake. I was a little overwhelmed because that is pretty much changing everything about me except for my vibrant, winning personality. (Google probably thinks I should change that too but baby steps people.)
I have not always had such an unhealthy lifestyle. I was quite an active child or tomboy as some say. I played sports all through school and had a vague dislike of all things pink. When my children were born, I was still quite energetic. We played outside, went on trips to parks, hiked the mountains etc. but at some point around my first child hitting high school my activity level took a drastic decline. I am not quite a couch potato but am closing in on it every day. Any time I feel a little pudgy or vegetative, I will take up an activity like Pilates and get back in shape. The moment I start to look and feel good however, I stop. I am my own worst enemy. It’s like my mind decides that if I can fit in my size 4 jeans again there is no point in working out and I can go back to couch grazing. Of course with this attitude, I don’t stay in them very long and the cycle begins again.
Kacy’s run through that course was inspirational and motivating. I watched her face and heard the crowd going crazy and started to think that if she can push herself to complete this monumental task then just maybe I can get through my own small one as well. I know that it’s only a silly game show and I would normally dismiss it, but I will take inspiration wherever I can. Mostly because Google says I have a lot of work to do.