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It Can Be What You Dream It To Be

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I am so excited about my life and am very much looking forward to the future. When I tell people that my life changed on January 12, 2011, I really mean it. That’s the day I realized that I meant more to myself, to my family and to my friends than I was giving myself credit for. That’s the day I joined SprakPeople. That’s the day I figured out it is possible to eat healthy and exercise and it feels good to do it. It’s not about deprivation and hating how my life is going, which is how I viewed these changes before January 12. It’s about living a life that is positive and meaningful and that includes treating your body right.

I’m not going to say that every minute of every day goes perfectly, because it doesn’t. But the possibility of some forms of perfection of my life feels achievable – no, IT IS achievable. I know this because I see it every day. Not only has my body become leaner, stronger and more resilient, my mind has become sharper, and my attitude more positive. I still have my “moments” but allow myself to have them and don’t let them consume me or become a way of life anymore.

I can’t believe that on October 16 I will run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. As I ran with my Team In Training group this morning, it became even more clear how lucky I am to have found my new life. I ran through Alton Baker Park, one of our town’s most popular running destinations, with pride. I passed other runners with a hearty hello and a smile on my face. I have dreamt for years of being able to do this and my dream is coming true. I have searched so long for happiness through other means – food, alcohol, cigarettes, men, shopping (among others), and was never able to find it. I have found it, and it feels amazing.

I’ve been blogging about my ½ marathon training on my TNT page, which has really helped me focus on what’s most important right now. I would like to share that link with you here, because it is really meaning a lot to me.

Thank you for reading my ramblings.
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  • MELP06
    You truly are an inspiration Kristi! Thanks!
    2390 days ago
  • BET212
    You are truly an inspiration Kristi and I have no doubt that you will meet your goal in the HM as well as the fundraising.

    I loved the picture of your honorary teammate Kate...she is sooo cute. Every child deserves to grow up healthy and happy and bless you for helping to make that happen for Kate and others like her!

    2390 days ago
    I agree! Sparkpeople is one of the most positive moves I have made too. Glad to hear you are doing so well! The half-marathon is a fantastic goal!
    2391 days ago
    How you are feeling about yourself just oozes out of every word in your blog. I love it! I am so proud of all your accomplishments. :)
    2391 days ago
  • BRDGT262
    I am so glad to see this beautiful attitude coming out of you!!! That is so awesome how much happier SP has made you, and most of all how much happier you have made yourself! Way to go on taking care of your body! Great job on your running, that is one thing I want to do someday, but am just not quite there yet, hurts too bad right now, I can only run for 1 minute at a time. But someday!!!!! Good luck on your 1/2 marathon!!!! You can do this!!!!
    2391 days ago
    You are doing great! Your enthusiasm and commitment just come steaming off the screen!! YAY KRISTI!!
    2391 days ago
    If you can dream it, You can do it!
    2391 days ago
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