Knowing How Far You’ve Come

Sometimes we don’t realize how far we’ve come… Four years ago I saw my health decline and my weight increase.  I was sick all the time and didn’t have any energy nor time to workout, run or take care of myself.  And then my mom had a stroke… I knew at that moment it was time for me to make changes in my life.

See my earlier post: The Decision I Made That Changed My Life

It was a slow start the first year or so.  I lost about 20 lbs., but gained 10 of those pounds back ’cause I didn’t change my eating habits and mindset.  I got frustrated and lost my motivation.  But then I had a friend who challenged me to walk a 5K, a cousin who introduced me to Advocare and a coach who suggested to change my environment by surrounding myself with people who lifts me up and motivate me to keep going.

I have finally found a lifestyle I could live with.   The past two years I have really focused on my eating, running, exercising and rest.   People always ask me what did I give up to get where I am today.  I don’t look at what I had to give up, I look at what I have gained.  I have gained confidence in my abilities, strength, endurance, awesome trainers and fitness friends.  I also have a better understanding of who I am when I eat.  I am not the emotional eater anymore.   I keep to the 80/20 rule of healthy eating.   It has helped me change my habits and thinking as well as helped me to discipline myself on what I choose to eat.

So here I am today to celebrate how far I’ve come with a few transformation photos and accomplishments.

5Ks

My first 5K was in 2011, when I weighed more than I do now.  I walked majority of it and finished it a little under an hour.  A couple of weeks ago I had my first nighttime 5K race and finished it in 32:24 minutes!

5k transformation

Drop a Size

I set a goal to drop another size this year and I did it!  Size 12 to size 11.

Drop a Size

 Here is another two year transformation photo.  The 2012 photo was taken when I started my first 24 Day Challenge.

two year transformation photo

Whatever you are working on and however far you still have to go,  I want to encourage you to keep going and be proud of your achievements.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, as long as you keep moving forward and enjoy each step along the way.

 

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100 Mile Challenge – Day Thirty-One

I know you guys have wanted to know and…. YES!!  I DID IT!!!  I ran/walked 100 miles in one month!!!  Woohooo!!!

When I woke up that morning, it was raining… Ugh!  Although I appreciate the rain and cooler weather, I really wanted to run out doors vs the treadmill.  This got me thinking and contemplating if I could get this challenge done.

Instead of letting my thoughts get the best of me and getting lost in vague fears, I asked myself what is the worst that could happen? When I figured out what the worst could be, it really wasn’t.  I found clarity in knowing that I did my best and whether I get 100 miles or not, I’ve already broken my record!!

I felt like the Little Engine that could on that treadmill!  I think I can, I think I can… LOL!  The first 6 miles were great, but the last 4… Well, I walked/ran majority of it.  I even walked another mile to cool down.  11 miles on the freaking treadmill!!  WOW!!!  I was so happy when I finished I screamed and cried when I got in the car.

July was an extremely busy month that mostly consisted of working, taking care of my grand baby, and other activities with my family and friends.  It made this running experience hard, but doable with the right attitude and plan.  I’m thankful for everything I had to go through to get it done.  It has made me stronger in spirit, mind, body and running.

7/31/14 100 miles in July

100 miles

Shout outs and Thank yous

Welcome To My New Blog

I’m excited and happy to welcome everybody to my new blog.  After completing my 24 Day Challenge, I decided to start a fitness blog to focus more on my health and fitness journey.  This blog is about how I began and how Advocare enhanced my mental focus, physical performance and endurance. Although I am not a certified personal trainer, I am a runner and sort of a fitness fanatic that is willing to share my journey, healthy tips and fitness motivation that have worked for me and may help you too.

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