With five halves and most recently my first full marathon under my belt, I thought it was the ideal time to document my journey. I'm ready. I feel like I can say that I am a runner with pride.
I want to share what I have learned along the way and inspire those that never thought they could do it. It is possible.
Even when you Run With Hips.
Please reblog this so I can follow all of you! Regardless of if you are just starting out, in the middle, or have already reached your goal weight! I need some serious inspiration for people that began at a similar place as me!!
288.4 starting weight!
I want to follow everyone :)
Another huge benefit of giving up soda is the expansion in my world regarding beverage options. I picked this little bottle of goodness up at Whole Foods today. Chia seeds are amazing itty bitty gems of awesomeness. I loved the taste and compare the texture to jello riiight before it becomes jello. It was a refreshing new experience to say the least. Mamma Chia products are Gluten and GMO free with a variety of flavors that I am looking forward to trying. Check out all their products and good things being done by Mamma Chia at their website:
What are you afraid of?
I recently had a epiphany. I am driving my father down a beautiful stretch of highway and share with him that I would like to take up biking. His reaction in my best “the father from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ voice is, “Eh, Why you want to do THAT? I don’t know. This is very dangerous. Why not get a stationary bike and ride it in your house? This is much safer for you”. Ahhhhh. Aha! The moment is so apparent that I am dumbfounded. So, this is where it stems from. Of course his concerns are from a place of love. From early in life, I remember hearing about all the bad that could possibly happen. I have an innate fear of many things that involve safety. I may have just come to the realization why. Fear is an instinct that we all have programmed to keep us out of harm’s way. It is when it gets in your own that the issues arise.
My point is, our fears sometimes are our biggest obstacles. They can overcome you and cripple you. They can prevent you from living the life you were destined to have. I think for the longest time, I was terrified of what would happen if I actually lost weight. I was afraid to see what was under that protective barrier that so many of us have. The shell that we carry to shield us from the world. Many a time, I came close to seeing what was there and fear would get in the way, putting me back at square one. It is still a daily intention for me to slowly crack that shell wide open and let some much needed fresh air in.
So I ask you, again. What are you afraid of?
I can say that I have been so fortunate to meet some of the most amazing people running. There are times when you just want to lace up and run alone. To focus on nothing but the run. Then there are times when you need that company. A good running buddy motivates you, pushes you and reminds you why you love doing this to yourself. I will be introducing you to many of these special women during my journey. They are many things to me in one package…Coaches, Therapists, Sounding Boards, Inspirations, Friends and forever my Sole Sisters.
So, where can you find these amazing sorts of people? I suggest checking out your local running groups in the area. There is always a group run and new additions are always welcome to join. Local running shops usually have training groups that prepare for upcoming 5k, 10k, half and full marathons.
I am a Fleet Feet running store junkie. They are anything and everything running related. Below is a link that tells you a bit about them and has a U.S store locator .