I’ve always admired athletes, wanting to be just like them – strong, determined, successful. But I was never physically active, let alone an athlete. Then in 2009 I started at adidas and my life started changing. I was surrounded by colleagues who would discuss their training, their 5ks, their triathlons, their CrossFit competitions. Over and over again a voice in my head said, “I want to do that,” but it was always interrupted by the other voice, I can’t do that.”

Getting to the starting line

What I didn’t realize was that I had already taken the first step: surrounding myself with people who could inspire, encourage and push me to take action. Next, was finding my starting line. I had been going in circles, always wanting to be active. I just couldn’t find a place to begin. That’s when one of those triathlete super-human colleagues said to me, “Ginnie, you can do it. Do you think I started running a marathon on my first day? I was just like you. I had to start at a beginning too.” And then the game changer: he sent me a training plan with a beginning – walk two minutes, run a minute. I read it, and that voice within said, “Hey, I can do that!”

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Surround yourself with people who can inspire, encourage and push you to past your comfort zone.

My journey had begun (and continues). There was a lot of discomfort, exertion, pain and setbacks. I’ve struggled, and I mean really struggled, wanting to throw in the towel and give up. Yet ever since then I’ve never fallen off track, because of one simple fact: I have a plan.

Making sure my goals are right

In the past, I placed so much effort and focus on exercises that made very little difference. I was over-training, feeling tired as heck, seeing no improvement and getting very frustrated fast. Now, I set goals and work out what actions I need to take to achieve them. My actions have to be realistic, consistent and sustainable so I can follow through with them. As soon as I broke down my goals, creating sub goals and having a plan, I started to see and feel results. I lost over 50lbs and the weight was replaced with a fire for this new lifestyle.

Because that’s the kicker. This is truly a lifestyle. The changes I applied to my approach to fitness crossed over to my mindset at work. And others noticed. The quality of my work improved. I took on projects with greater drive and confidence. And just as I invested in a personal trainer for guidance in the gym, I looked to my managers to support my continued growth in my role as project manager of talent acquisition.

The next challenge to push my mindset

Recently, that “next level” was me pushing 500lbs. I’ll say it again, 500lbs!! It was also me planning a conference in North America all the way from Latin America (in the days leading up, I’ve never felt so anxious). And I’m not done. Because the comfort zone of our routines is not what drives improvement. Change drives improvement. But it doesn’t just happen. To push to win, you have to push for more.

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Being “an athlete” is as much about the training as it is the heart.

But don’t worry, I don’t just push. I plan.

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by Victor Wilson 29.09.2017
Thanks for sharing. Excellent story!
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by virginie Victor Wilson 03.10.2017
Hello Victor! I am happy that you read and enjoyed my story. I appreciate and Thank you for reaching out!

Virginie
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by Victor Charles virginie 12.10.2017
This is truly an inspiring story. I lived it and wish to take it up a notch!!!
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Nina Weihrauch
Nina Weihrauch | Editor Victor Charles 14.11.2017
Go for it, Victor!

Your GamePlan A community backs you.

Best,

Nina
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by Tina Nicolai 29.09.2017
Ginnie,

Your story is incredible! I'm so proud to be able to work with you at adidas. Your tenacity, determination, and drive are invigorating. #GetEmGinnie #MilesDontMatterRelationshipsDo
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by virginie Tina Nicolai 29.09.2017
Tina!! I feel the exact same way about you!!!
Thank you - Love ya Girl!

Ginnie
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by virginie Tina Nicolai 03.10.2017
Hey Tina Girl! Ditto and right back atacha! Thank you - my heart to yours!

Ginnie
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by Felicia Harris 29.09.2017
You are AMAZING! You have truly inspired me. Thank you :)
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by virginie Felicia Harris 03.10.2017
Hello Felicia! You are very kind! Thank YOU very much - You made my day!
All the best to you!

Virginie
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by Dalhia Rodriguez 29.09.2017
Ginnie - I've seen you transform both mentally and physically and it's been inspiring to see your journey! Your optimistic attitude has always been contagious in the professional setting and how it's transcended into your personal life is uplifting to those around you!
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by Virginie Dalhia Rodriguez 03.10.2017
My Dear Friend Dalhia, thank you for your kind words. It is definitely uplifting and motivating to be among truly amazing people like you. I love you to pieces!

Ginnie
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by Jose Amador 30.09.2017
I had the pleasure of knowing back in the days we worked at Dell Panama. Not only your story and transformation is incredible but most importantly, inspiring. Congrats Ginnie!
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by virginie Jose Amador 03.10.2017
Jose Amador!!! It is sooo good to hear from you! It has been eons! I hope all is well with you. Thank you very much for reaching out with such kind words. Sending you big hugs!

Ginnie
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by Andree Neddermeyer 10.10.2017
I m so proud of Ginnie! She inspires me not just because she is amazing, but because she is my little sister!! Go Get 'Em, Girl!!
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by Virginie Andree Neddermeyer 10.10.2017
Hey Andree!!! Thank you my darling sister for the shout out! I love you Big Time!
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by Rahul Trivedi 30.10.2017
Hi Virginie - Your story is inspiring.

Request you to please share more details on the " two minute walk and 1 minute run" model as i also recently started running 3k and developed a good efficiency in 3 weeks and was able to complete 3k in 20 minutes but all of a sudden one day my knee started paining and from than onwards iam not running and only walking.

Please help and advise your feedback to overcome this problem as i am dedicated and want to be fit.

I am 191 cm tall and weight 210 pounds .
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by Virginie Rahul Trivedi 30.10.2017
Hello Rahul,

Thank you very much for reading my story and taking the time to reach out. Rahul , you should definitely see a specialist regarding your knee. Your knees and ankles are some of the most vulnerable areas that can be weakened by running and other physical activities. It is very important to incorporate strengthening exercises to decrease the risk of injury to your knees and use the correct sneakers.. I learned this from certified trainers and sports medicine specialists. I highly recommend that you work with a certified trainer and an Orthopedist to balance your training routine. Please promise that you will see both doctors before you continue any exercise or training program - the goal is to reduce and avoid your current and potential injuries. My run/walk training program included intervals. The first week, I would only run 3 times per week: Walk 3 minutes and run 1 minute for 30 minutes. The second week, Walk 2 minutes and run 1 minute and the third week, walk 2 minutes and run minutes. Depending on how much I slept, my hydration, etc, I would revert back to the routine for week 1 or week 2 . Please take care of that knee pain. Wishing you all the best!

Ginnie
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by Gemina Stroud 03.11.2017
Thanks for sharing your journey Viriginie! Very inspiring story! I agree if we fail to plan...we plan to fail.
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by Virginiee Gemina Stroud 04.11.2017
Hello Gemina!

Thank you very much for reading my story! You are 100% sport on - "Failing to plan, is planning to fail". Wishing you all the best!

Ginnie
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