Her blog post was about buying the dress in the window. The dress in the window that fit. If you have every been overweight, you understand what a victory that is. It was a reminder to me of how far I've come and how I should be celebrating all of my NSV's rather than dwelling on the number on the scale. I am a healthy me now and it is time to embrace it.
This past Friday, I ran in the Earth Day 5K with approximately 1,600 other runners including one of my closest friends. No, of course I didn't win the race, but I proved to myself that hard work pays off. After months of training, my goal was initially to finish the 5K in 35 minutes. Last Friday as I started getting nervous about failing that goal, I decided that if I ran the entire race without walking, it would be a victory regardless of my finishing time.
Not only did I run the entire race from start to finish (and I swear to you my legs are still feeling the agony today), but I ran it in a time of 33:46 (chip time). Did I get emotional? Yup. I killed that race. I owned that race. It was amazing.
|The final stretch|
|Crossing the finish line (that time is gun time... takes a couple minutes to get through the starting line)|
I have changed. These pictures are proof:
|The first of many before & after photos to come. The left is me at 194 lbs, the right is me at 159 lbs.|
|Signing the Runners Wall|
|Post-Race Glow. We did it!|
Celebrate your victories. Even the smallest ones.
How are you going to be motivated this week?