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.
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!
Drop a Size
I set a goal to drop another size this year and I did it! Size 12 to size 11.
Here is another two year transformation photo. The 2012 photo was taken when I started my first 24 Day Challenge.
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.
I was exhausted after completing the 100 mile challenge. I took off four days to recover and regroup. Four days of no running, no spin class, no gym time… Just core exercises, stretching and foam rolling at home.
During that time away from the gym and running, I caught up with my friends and family and celebrated 18 years with my better half.
Me and B – Happy 18th Anniversary
The following week I eased back into the routine and scheduled a massage appointment to help my achy muscles. Oh and let me tell ya this massage therapist has magic in her fingers and hands. She worked every kink and knot out of my back and my legs. An hour and half of pure awesomeness.
After getting the deep tissue massage, the massage therapist told me to take a hot bath with Epsom Salt before bed time. She said soaking in a hot bath with Epsom Salt for 10 minutes is a good way to recover from a deep tissue massage. She said soaking will help get more of the toxins out of my body (Epsom salt draws the toxins out into the water). She also said my muscles needed some rest after one of these massages, and not to workout that evening .
The Epsom Salt bath with lavender really helped me to rest and relax.
When I woke up the next day I felt like a new woman! I felt so great I worked out with my fit fam at the park. Oh man those Barfee (Burpee) Suicides in the sand was tough!
Fit Fam in the Park
This past week I got back to Spin class and running. I had a 5K race over the weekend and I did pretty well. It was a hot and hilly one but I managed to get a new PR with hills. Yay me! It feels good to know my training and hill repeats are paying off.
A quick shout out to B for taking this pic at the finish line. Love it!
Hustle for Health 5K
My next challenge is Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I’ve blogged about the 24DC before. You can find my posts and progress under 24 Day Challenge. I can’t wait to get started!!!
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
Shout outs and Thank yous
Oh my I’m a day behind! Here is day thirty. I’ll post day thirty-one tomorrow!
I couldn’t get up this morning. I worked late so I was tired and sleepy. It was also raining, and that didn’t make it any better.
After hitting the snooze button a few times, I finally got my day started with this 20 minute stretch video to loosen up my tight hamstrings.
Home Yoga Practice: Hips and Hamstrings for Men and Athletes
The video helped ease some of the tightness I felt, but not all. I just told myself to take it easy, focus on the miles and run/walk at a comfortable pace.
7/30/14 Since it was raining this morning, I had to run/walk on Mr. Treadmill.
7/30/14 Ran/Walked another two miles after the rain stopped.
Started day twenty-nine with a 3 mile run at the park. It was an emotional run. My thoughts were all over the place, my hamstrings were not happy as well as my calves. I kept telling myself that I’m in this race with grace and I know I can do this. I have broken my own personal record with 75 miles and that is flipping awesome. I just have to keep going…keep pushing.
After my run, my family and I took a field trip to Perot Museum of Nature and Science. We had a wonderful time seeing all the exhibits and dinosaurs. My munchkin really liked playing with the building blocks and the water. It ended up being a fun and great day with my family.
7/29/14 Ran 3 miles and walked half mile.
Walked 1.5 miles at Perot Museum.
Play time in the water.
Today I had my side kick with me. We walked to the park and played on the jungle gym, slide, and swing. We made it back home just before the mid-afternoon storms.
7/28/14 Walked 2.3 miles with my grand baby. Good times!
I have added up my miles and…wait for it… 75 miles!! BOOYAH! My highest mileage month ever! I’m so stoked! I need 25 more miles to reach my goal!
My challenge is doing this in four days… Yep four days! I think the best way to do this is to split my runs. 3 to 4 miles in the morning and 2 to 3 miles in the evening. Any other suggestions?
7/27/14 25 miles to go! Can I do it in four days? We shall see!
It’s way past my bedtime, but I need to catch up with you guys!
Yesterday, I was invited to go workout at the park with Coach Carla from the gym. So my running plan changed from 5 to 6 miles to 3. And let me tell you, that workout at the park kicked my rear after running 3 miles. Sprints, Stair Repeats with Burpees, Calf Raises, Push-Ups, Tricep Dips, Step ups on the benches, Tree Sits (instead of wall sits) Jumping Jacks and more! I thought I was going to pass out with the heat and the humidity. Whew!
7/26/14 – Ran 3 miles, plus another 1.5 miles at the park.
Push-Ups and Tricep Dips
Stair Repeats with Burpees
Push Up Selfie
Saturday evening I went to my sister-in-law’s wedding reception. It was absolutely beautiful. Lots of good food, great music and family love.
The Bride and Groom
I enjoyed catching up with one of my closest and dearest friends Shalanda this morning over breakfast. I’m truly proud of her and all her accomplishments, especially her recent achievement of becoming a licensed minister. I feel so blessed to be a part of her ministry that will transform lives through prayer, worship, fellowship and nutritional guidance.
You can follow Shalanda and her ministry through her website Sevenfold Society.
Sevenfold Society is an organization created to provide a means for women to develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and to fellowship with other women in a comfortable and positive environment.
Today our leader took us to Top Golf to celebrate and recognize our team achievements. It was really nice to get away from the phones, desk and office for a day.
After our meeting and celebration we had lunch and hit microchipped balls into dartboard-like targets. Super fun!
I am very grateful to be a part of an amazing company that values their employees and work side by side with such loving and caring people.
7/25/2014 – Team Selfie~No activity.
Today was a good day. Hit the pavement bright and early, then had breakfast with my better half. And well…That’s about it! LOL!
Tomorrow I have an early morning breakfast date with a good friend and a team building event with work. Sounds like it’s going to be super fun!
7/24/2014 – 3 miles and breakfast with the hubby. 🙂