Member Spotlight – Pat DoughertyMarch, 2018
I’m an aerospace/operational physiologist in the Navy. My current assignment is with a special project team based out of the Pentagon
If you were an animal what would you be?
A sloth – I kind of operate on my own schedule at my own speed. I like to nap, too.
Have you ever faced any obstacles in your life/career/fitness journey and what did you do to get over them?
Yes, I’ve had a number of challenges to deal with over the years – I lost my younger sister to cancer a few years ago; I’ve been married and divorced; I move frequently due to the military lifestyle; I have had various overuse injuries over the years and have been hit by a car while riding twice, and some others. I suppose working through each one of those challenges was a little different, but, in general, I’d say the four things that got me through all of them were: (1) Being realistic with regard to expectations associated with the particular obstacle, then breaking down something that might seem overwhelming into smaller, more manageable pieces; (2) I have an incredible support network of family and close friends; (3) Exercise – it is my primary stress reliever/coping mechanism; and (4) Having a clear sense of what my priorities are in life.