Cheryl Antonio 1000km finisher
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Athlete of the Day

Cheryl Antonio from Manitoba

I am very thankful for this Challenge! It has certainly changed my life. In a time when the entire world is going through so many changes and when so many are uncertain of their futures, this Challenge gave me hope, courage and strength.

Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?

I walked this challenge.

How often do you walk and run?

I walk everyday, and since starting this challenge, I now walk up to 4 times a day.

What was your greatest obstacle while aiming to reach 1000KM?

My greatest obstacle, while aiming to reach 1000 km, was my self-esteem. Over the years, it’s been hard for me to stay focused on lengthy challenges. Telling myself, I can do it is not always easy for me.

How do you stay motivated and find the time to walk and run?

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1989. In 1994, with the birth of my second son, my doctor told me I would be entirely dependant on insulin within five years.

I fought that prediction until Christmas of 2018. My doctor felt I needed to start taking insulin. Within a year, I was up to 64 units of insulin a day! I also had to take medication to control diabetes. My prescription was not covered, and it cost me close to $400.00 a month. I was determined to find a way to reverse my diabetes!

A Great Canadian Running Challenge came to me at just the right time! I pushed myself every day to get out there and walk.

Within the first four months, I was almost off the insulin! I started walking at 7-10 km a day. I love walking, and I love being outdoors, no matter the weather.

I have young grandchildren whom I cherish, and I want to be healthy and happy for them. I have elderly parents with whom I don’t want to worry about my health. I also have three sons who I have enjoyed watching grow into fine young men, and they motivate me as well.

How do I find the time to walk? I wake up earlier, I split my walks up throughout the day, I moved my exercise machine in front of the TV, and I make myself do it because I know I will feel better afterward.

What advice would you give someone to stay focused on reaching 1000KM in 2020?

If you are struggling, I highly suggest reading the Facebook page. There are so many positive and motivational posts, each and every day. There are many who are experiencing hard times or a bad day and it’s so comforting to know you are not alone. It’s true what they say about getting outside – nature is the best therapy there is, and adding a walk/jog/run will give you the inner peace and joy you may need to help with your struggles.

Little by little, day by day, every step counts.

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Cheryl has already surpassed her 2020 goal of 2020KM! You can follow her progress here.

Great work Cheryl and thank you for sharing a part of your story with us!

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