Monday, October 29, 2012
I came across a few photos today of myself from before my weight loss. Boy was I surprised. I just never really thought that I was "that fat". I thought I was a little chunky but my goodness, I was obese!
Others in my family were always larger than me and always said "You're not that fat.". I guess that I really believed them. I was a "healthy fat". I was a strong walker and in better shape than any of them. I felt strong and was pretty active compared to them.
Well, I would like to say that I just decided one day to turn my life around and make healthy choices and changes, but I can't. The truth is that one year over the span of 6 months life took a real big $h!t on me. MEGA STRESS was the cause of half of my weight loss. It truly was a very sad time, the worst time of my life.
I am here today 3 years later to say that through a total lifestyle change and focusing on myself and my well being that I have reached a comfortable and truly healthy weight. I have taken back control of my life and my health and happiness. Maybe I never really had control ever before in my life. I certainly never was really a healthy weight.
I have lost and maintained my weight loss with things I would have never even imagined were possible for me before. I watch what I eat and I exercise in so many ways that are enjoyable to me today. I love the feeling of my body changing and adapting to my new lifestyle. It is all good.
I do feel like even though 3 years ago I was at the lowest point in my life, today I have overcome and I am climbing to the highest point in my life. I said to a friend last month after winning 1st place in my age group in a race, "I am at the peak of my life right now!" Then only a second later I said "Wait a minute, what if this isn't the peak? What if I am still climbing and haven't even reached my peak yet?" Holy moly, just imagine what else I can do.
Believe in yourself and what you are capable of. You are capable of so much more then you even realize today. All you have to do is start. You have so much more power then you even know. Start by believing in YOU! I already do.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Runners are AWESOME!!! I volunteered at a Run Fest that included a 1.5 mile Fun Run, a 5K and a Half-Marathon. I was working at a water station that supplied all three races and therefore all levels of runners. The station was located on an "out and back" portion of the runs, so I would see every runner twice.
What an experience that was! When you are running the race, you are all about you. You are focused on your own experience and running the race with the best time that you have in you. When you are a volunteer or bystander you see things differently. I was able to experience other runner's races for just a moment and it was very inspiring. I saw myself in so many of their faces and it gave me a whole new perspective on "who is a runner".
The ages ranged from 5 years to 73 years and was both male and female. There were runners who have been running many years and had the bodies to show for it. There were runners who newer to the run trying to lose weight and get in shape, just hoping to finish. There was a young family of four that make running a family activity and travel all over to races.
I seen a piece of myself and relived some of my own experiences in all of them. Hopefully, I also seen some of what is yet to come for me. I have experienced a whole range of feelings that helped make me the runner that I am today. I know some of those thoughts all too well. "I'm to fat to do this. Who do I think I am. I can't make it. Are people staring at me? I'm not a runner. I think I can do this. I'm starting to get better at this. I've lost some weight. I don't care who stares. I finished my first race! I'll sign up for another. I've won a medal, woohoo! I AM A RUNNER!"
Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. We are beginners and we are lifers. No matter what stage of the run you are in, if you run, you are a runner and we all cross the same finish line. We run because it improves our lives and the lives of others. You are all an inspiration to me and I thank you sincerely. I love you all! Keep on running! You are doing awesome!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
But, today I am up and I am not letting you bring me down. I am not going to second guess what I am doing in my life with regards to exercise, health and weight control issues. I don't care what you think about what I am doing. I am healthier then I have ever been and the reason for that is because I have been Sparked!
I have been Sparked to exercise, eat better and take care of myself so that I may enjoy my life to it's fullest extent. I do not always feel this great and life is not always wonderful, but it is better when I take of me. So, I will continue to do so and if you can't handle it, then maybe you should give it a try! :P
Spark On Sparkfriends! I know that you understand.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I had the strangest dream last night. Aliens took over the world and we were all to live with nothing but we had on our backs at the time of the take over. No other possesions but what we had with us. I must have been at work when the take over occured. I looked down at my feet and I was incredibly upset that I had my work shoes on and not my running shoes. OMG say it isn't so, I NEED my sneaks! Oh no!
Maybe my dream was telling me that I am being taken over by my running. ? ? Ha ha. The dreaded evil running has taken over my brain. How could this happen to me? Whatever will I do? I think I will try and run away!
Oh boy, that is kookie. I better sleep with my running shoes on tonight.
Happy Running All!
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