Saturday morning as I crossed the finish line at our local 5K I couldn't help but think how far I have come in the past 4 months. 4 months of hard work, mess ups, healthy eating, and bad choices. I look back and realize I haven't been perfect, and I know I never can be. We-aren't-supposed-to-be-perfect. We can't be perfect, but we can work hard, try harder, and except challenges as they arise in our lives.
Saturday morning, September 17th was exactly 4 months after the morning I laced up my running shoes for the first time after having my baby girl. That day I became a woman on a mission. A mission-to-get-my-body-back! That morning I was weak, and with each month, week, and day that passes I am getting stronger! Each day I am becoming a better mother and wife, and I truly believe that this is only the beginning.
This month I was preparing for two 5K's. I ran 3 to 4 times a week, but never ran over 3 miles. I am still having some leg pain, and didn't want to over-due-it. My training was successful though. My goal was to finish both of the races under 30 minutes. Sept 10th I finished in 29 minutes and 45 seconds, and Saturday I finish in 28 minutes and 55 seconds, almost knocking a whole minute off of my time in just one week!
After weighing myself only 4 times in the month of August, this month I slowly started weighing myself again. This month my weight was like a roller coaster. Up down, down up, over and over and over again. I have learned not to let it affect my thinking. It's just a number. I am so much more than a three-digit-number and so are you.
On April 3rd I walked on to labor and delivery floor at Stillwater Medical Center weighing in at 201lbs.
My journey began 6 weeks later on May 17th: 169lbs
June 17th: 160lbs
July 17th: 155lbs
August 17th: 146lbs
and this month September 17th. Three more pounds gone. I weighed in at 143lbs.
I am officially under 10lbs away from having my body back and I am so excited for the next month ahead of me. Our running mileage is headed back up again. We are now in training for a 15K at the end of October, and our half marathon that the beginning of December. Let the running begin.
Start your journey today.
It's so worth it.