Carolee Belkin Walker describes
herself, in 2011, as a strong 53 year-old woman in the midst
of a successful career with the State Department. Yes, the
U.S. State Department as a senior officer in the Department’s
Operations Center. That's full command over communications
between principal officers and foreign government leaders.
That's pretty hefty stuff. Yet, two months into the job she
curtailed operations because facing it, she couldn't cut it
in 2015, still on shaky emotional ground from failure #1,
she failed to complete her first triathlon. Enter failure
devastated, she wrote an article describing her experience
to "The Huffington Post." She received a reply to
join their wellness bloggers. And so, the journey to bounce
back had begun. Bouncing back was about losing weight, or
was it? Confidence was already lost, so it was a lose-win
the next year and more, Carolee wrote her blog to regain her
confidence, push herself to ever increasingly new limits,
and learn the truth about exercise, injury and bouncing back
first hand and, of course, losing weight.
is, she discovered, exercise is not an option. It now feels
good to be told how good she looks, with the confidence to
not be tugging at her clothes or self-consciously fixing the
not right things about her body. She can enjoy life for what
it is. This, of course, did not come without tenacity.
her Blog is more than a journey; it's also an experience.
I love her personal pseudonyms for the people in her life
who helped her along the way; such as, Adorable and Really
Smart. Just two of the many people who helped her. Undoubtedly,
without these people, she could not have crossed the finish
line with as much success.
it, and as she states over and over again, so can you.
it and reap!