The other day someone said to me,"...of course they know you. You're the crazy runner girl around town." It made me giggle to myself. This town ahem, island is very small. I'm usually brightly dressed and have my hair in a long braid.
It probably doesn't help that I am a bit eccentric and very energetic.
So I am sure these qualities help folks to identify me.
I was jumping in photos before it was even a thing....
Anyways, I've been thinking about that a lot this week. I've also been thinking about the times people say they're 'afraid to join' me on a run. You see, they are under the false impression that I am speedy. Due to this they also fear that I'll leave them in my dust if a bear crosses our path. I try to silence those fears because I'm definitely a "middle of the pack" runner. Also because I am a chatty running partner, I am sure I scare the bears away. Add that to the list of perks! I am absolutely convinced that if a bear crosses my path I will accidentally sacrifice myself for them by passing out (having a heart attack, freezing in place, or having any other generally awful reaction)....and hence allowing those running with me to make a great escape. If this happens, please talk about my bravery in the re-telling of the story
These last two weeks- ok, perhaps the last few months- have been ba-nay-nays. I have been working full-time, running, swimming, lifting, biking, hiking, and playing softball. Some days I have been leaving the house at 6 a.m. and not returning until past 8 p.m. It's been awesome, fun, stressful, and exhausting.
I think back to just 4 years ago and I cannot believe the difference in my life. First of all, those that only recently know me probably would barely recognize me.
|Mr. T and Me circa March 2011|
I am thankful to have this space to write. I am also thankful to have this space to reflect.
I remember when I just wanted to lose weight. I wanted to be able to fit into my size 10 pants again. Oh what a glorious day that was when it finally happened. I cried when I swiftly pulled up those 10's and secured the button.
I remember when I wanted to run my first 5k and then 10k. Those seemed like insurmountable distances. I did it though!!!
|My first(ish) 5k circa March 2012|
I don't write all this to toot my own horn. I write all this because here I am four years later completely transformed due to all the small steps and goals that got me here. People know me now as the "crazy runner girl". Back then I was just a girl that looked in the mirror and disliked what looked back at her. I didn't envision ever living this active lifestyle. Somehow though, my healthy daily choices kept piling up. Each day I took another step towards better health and overall wellness.
I love a good transformation photo. However, I'm here to tell you that the "after" is NEVER complete. I still have to wake up each day and make choices. Granted, it's slightly easier now that I know and have experienced the positive benefits. Back then I didn't know just how awful I felt, physically and mentally. Feeling tired, bloated, sad, and hopeless to lose weight was all that I knew. Now if I'm lacking motivation I am able to use that knowledge to kick my rear into gear.
Take each day at a time. If you're not feeling motivated to workout then use the "10 Minute Rule". Force yourself to workout for 10 minutes. Most of the time, I find the motivation within that 10 minute timeframe to continue. Don't be afraid to workout with people! I have found strength, accountability, friendship, courage, and belief in myself due to others belief in me. If someone is encouraging you to join them, DO IT!!!Allow them to be your tour guide into a more active lifestyle. Who knows, maybe you'll soon be crazy like me.