No, there isn't any major events going on in my life, just me taking steps to kick my own butt! It always makes me feel good to challenge myself and even MORE fantastic when I can met the challenge and make my goals!
Since I have several new followers this year, I want to give a quick background:
As most of you know, I have been battling obesity most of my life, and ALL of my adult life. Because of certain health factors it is really hard for me to lose to weight and to get in shape. When I get pregnant I blow up like a whale without even trying (now that's talent!).
Some of you may remember me when I looked like this:
I lost just short of 100 pounds while Ben was gone:
But here is a picture I took of me a couple days ago:
|I was showing off my scarf for my crochet blog|
So I decided that I need to up my game!
For 3 years now, since I started running, I have REALLY wanted to run a half marathon. But something always seemed to come up to give me an excuse not to. Well, this is my last summer in Utah, and gosh dang-it I am determined to run the Top of the Utah Half Marathon. So for a while now I have waited for the race to open up so I could sign up. The day it did, I was paying my fee! Then I panicked after!!! What am I thinking!? I am still a 195 pound woman!! How the heck am I going to run 13.1 miles!!?
Well, I knew I had until August to get in shape. I mentioned this in one of my last posts, but I made myself a 24 week workout plan. So far I am on week 4 and totally rocking it! I am really starting to feel like I am going to be able to do it!!
This week I accomplished 2 goals that I had! First, I ran 3 miles in 35 minutes! Huge step for me. The first time this year I ran that far it took me, no joke, 48 minutes. The second one I accomplished last night: I ran my very first EVER 10 minute mile!!!
I challenged myself and I have unlocked hidden potential I never knew I had! I don't compete with anyone but myself, and my successes are mine! I cry with joy when I think back to how I used to be and then look in the mirror and see the person I have become... it is a miracle to me!
Am I done? No way! I have been making more goals to reach!! But I am certainly well on my way to be prepared for the Half Marathon! I even signed up for a super fun 5K that is going on here in Cache County in May -- it's a fun group race that involves paint... looks super fun! I am trying to suck some of my friends in.... I would love to have a large group! (If any of you are in the area and wanna join us, let me know!)
Anyway, I leave you all with a challenge. Whether it is a fitness challenge or something else entirely don't be afraid to try something new that will push you! We only live once! Don't you dare live a life full of regrets. Just do it! If I can, so can you!
PS: I will be posting the info for our annual Summer Fitness Mile Challenge in the next few weeks, I would love for you to think about joining us!