This past weekend we only really had one thing to do, and it was to run 10-miles at the annual race we partake in! Last year’s run was a struggle for me, so I was looking forward to seeing how all the progress I’ve made this past year would improve this run for me (not to mention being down 15+ pounds).
I started the race, as I often now do with my races… with no expectations. It was raining pretty decently when we woke up in the morning with a forecast of rain for the first hour or so of the race. Walking up to the start line along the lake with the rain and chilly breeze wasn’t really inspiring me to run! But, we got started at good pace and kept it up throughout.
It wasn’t until we I saw the mile 6 sign that I started to get emotional, as I started to realize I’ve been able to run this entire time and I was still feeling good – last year I broke at mile 5. I pulled it together reminding myself the last few miles are always the toughest. But mile 8 came along and I felt those tears again. It was that realization at how much I’ve accomplished this past year. Going into the race last year I wasn’t in a great space physically and I was just getting out of a super stressful and toxic work environment (which I had let affect me physically – the weight gain, not being able to get out of bed, unhappy, stressed with constant added anxiety). Now a year at my new job, it’s a worlds difference how all that has shifted for the better – which started me with making some major changes.
Needless to say, this race was bitter sweet for me, it was a full circle of how far I’ve come, compared to where I was at this time last year and how much stronger and happier I am. B and I finished the race together and it felt so good to cross that finish line!
Happy Fitness Friday!
So I’m in a funny place with my workout routine, I feel motivated but at the same time am feeling discouraged – which both contradict each other. Motivate is defined as a stimulate interest in or enthusiasm for doing something and discouraged is defined as having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened. Complete opposites!
I was thrown off my normal routine these past two weeks, so I understand that is probably where a lot of the discouraged feeling is coming from. And I’m motivated knowing that half marathon training is just starting to pick up, and I’ve actually been running! I’ve been making progress with sticking with my workout routine and growing stronger, but admittedly I haven’t seen some of the progress I’d like to see with my weight.
I am also day three into no sweets for 30-days. It’s going to be tough with a bridal shower and wedding thrown into the mix, but practicing self-control for 30-days is a personal thing I want to challenge myself with, and something I know I can do. I just need a few extra jumpstarts to accompany the exercise.
How do you push yourself to new limits? What is standing in the way of your goals?
Who knew that at the age of three, I would photograph a photo that would summarize so many of my current feelings about birthdays, mean people, awkward situations and sometimes just life and adulting!
As another year of my life comes and goes, I am very reflective on my past years and how I’ve grown and changed through the years, especially of late. I can’t say that I’m ever a fan of my age changing, but I have been a fan of changing with age. This next year of my life is definitely going to have some BIG milestones that I am so looking forward too, so not everything is too terrible with age. I’ve never liked getting old, but I hope
in the next few years I become content with getting older.
This next year, I hope to be a bit more relaxed, get a bit more toned and have a hell of a lot of fun doing all of that.
Cheers to 27!
Do you ever have those moments where you read or see something and it’s the exact message or reminder you needed? You read it and say, yes, almost like the universe is trying to tell you something? I had one of those moments the other day, I wanted to share the little piece of genius with all of you. Not to mention the author is one of my favorites.
Read it one more time.
Soak in the words, soak in the meaning.
Any opportunity or part of life is ours to take, we make what we want of it, we make it as good as we want, while having the strength and the courage to take risk, to go outside of the box, to ask questions, not being afraid to make mistakes, to learn and take time to grow. It’s a part of life that I feel is often overlooked.
I was thankful for the reminder, because it reminded me that what I am doing currently in my life is OK, it’s good, it’s needed, and that not everyone has the will or the way to do it.
We are less than 24 hours away from welcoming in the new year, so let’s take a look back through pictures at my 2015 to get ready to say good-bye.
January 2015 – Puppy fever
February 2015 – Katie & Travis visit
March 2015 – My Birthday
April 2015 – Celebrating my Promotion
May 2015 – Mother’s Day
June 2015 – Dress shopping for Kates
July 2015 – #emnbtostbc
August 2015 – Celebrating G&P
September 2015 – Fin & Moz
October 2015 – Sunday House Tailgate
November 2015 – Winterfest
December 2015 – Moz
I didn’t do very well with a lot of my 2015 goals, honestly I didn’t focus on them as much as I should have, so I’m not totally surprised.
My 2015 goals:
- Get back into a workout routine – failed miserably, again.
- Start the 5:2 Diet – nope, hardly tried.
- Travel outside of the country (Dublin 2015?) – not this year
- Get a promotion at work – yes!
- Run a half marathon – at least 3 other races – ran 2 races, but no half
- Read more books – a little success
- Don’t sweat the small stuff – maybe?
- Live in the moment – maybe
I’ve been thinking about my 2016 goals, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect in the last few months about successes, failures, hopes and wishes, and am truly working on a plan and change. I feel like I’ve made strides within the last few months in comparison to a majority of last year and early this year. So I’m excited about my new focus and motivation for a positive change.
Cheers to another blessed year and cheers to another year of opportunities!
Being comfortable comes with a lot of positives and negatives. Do you agree?
On the positive side, it takes us as human beings (some, not all) a while to get comfortable with a new school, new job, new friend or significant other, etc. It can take years! And finally once we are comfortable, what a relief and ease of potential stress or tension. With comfort your sense of being open and honest, and even trusting can grow and become stronger, which allows relationships and opportunities to grow and heightens your ability to learn. The only thing to fear is change in that comfort.
On the negative side, it’s some of those same positives that can get us into trouble.
In the workplace: The ability to be open and honest can sometimes get blurred on the edge of professional and personal, leading to an uncomfortable situation. We also might be more likely to over look a negative situation because finding a new job and going to the “first day” again is nerve racking and stressful, a pep talk to suck it up often does the trick. In a relationship: Even in a relationship being too honest with no filter can lead to hurt feelings, without intention – the same could go with not speaking up about certain things, sweeping things under the rug because it’s easier. Or being too comfortable to the part where our self-image is overlooked also hurts too. Falling into a pattern of not working out or motivating each other simply because your partner doesn’t, this will only cause tension in the long run.
I had a great opportunity last week to listen to the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer speak about her experiences and career, and a comment she made struck a cord – I think because I know it to be true. She mentioned that a lot of the opportunities she had came at risk, whether it was joining Google when it was a start-up or leaving Google after 13-years to start a new venture… when we as humans are comfortable, we don’t always like taking a risk or we can’t afford too. But we can. She also said that the ability to learn, opened her up to the idea of change and that change can be good. This really got me thinking about how change and being uncomfortable might be the best thing for us sometimes, even though it is something we often resist.
How will you push your boundaries of comfort today?