(Watch video HERE.) While compiling our post about Men Wearing Skirts, we stumbled on a picture of athlete Noah Galloway, missing both an arm and part of his leg, embarking on a grueling physical competition while wearing a skirt. Who is this guy, we wondered? So we went to his website to find out.
On December 19, 2005, as a soldier in his second deployment in Iraq, Noah lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. On his blog, he describes the grueling, many years-long journey through denial and grief to acceptance and recovery. It included immense anger and long periods of depression. When a cousin invited him to workout with him, things unexpectedly began to change; he slowly started to go to the gym and move himself out of depression.
I found that working out wasn’t as easy as it was before, not only because I had allowed myself to get so out of shape, but because of my injuries. Looking back, it was my injuries that made it interesting and new… Working out became a trial and error process in which I got to find out what worked and what didn’t. My attitude changed, my goals changed, more importantly, my life changed. I slowly became healthier and happier.
When someone new meets me, they sometimes assume I am different than most. They think I have the secrets to success which enable me to compete. That, I may have suffered an injury but my body is designed to race. Anyone who thinks that is wrong. I struggled, and continue to struggle, as we all do. Getting healthy and staying healthy is not an easy task for any of us. It is not a hobby but a complete lifestyle change, a lifestyle change that can and will better your life. We all have challenges, our injuries are different but they are never a good excuse. We all struggle with balancing our time between work and family yet we somehow find the time to watch television but not time to be fit. Its proper time management that we lack, not lack of time.
…Telling someone to be healthier is like spitting into the wind. It takes showing them that anything is possible that changes lives. Don’t tell someone why you can’t do something, show them how strong you are because you overcame those obstacles. Above all, let those around you see that you don’t just train, you Train Like a Machine.
Finding his way into a new life meant following a totally uncharted path, repeated trial-and-error, and determination to forge on step by step. He constantly tests his physical and mental limits.
We are knocked out by this man in a skirt.