A co-worker & I started on the same day exactly one year ago and our fellow co-workers thought they would celebrate by decorating our office.
Yes, it was a tp war zone when I waltzed into my office this morning. Though all day long it has put me into a sort of weird mood, (not the tp-ing of the office), but that I just can’t help but thinking of myself a year ago.
A look over a year gone by and how far I have come….
I remember I had dubbed the year 2008 as 2000-great to all my friends. I have to admit there was not a whole lot of great until November time, but I will get to that in a minute.
Let’s start in October of 2008 (not so great yet). This was when I finally decided that my health needed to come first. I was tired and sad all the time and didn’t want to do anything but sleep. I was frustrated with every aspect of my life and weighed in more than I ever had before. But I was committed to getting my health on, and started the motions.
Then along came November. It was then I received the call offering me a position at my current place of employment. It was the GREATest news because it was in my field of expertise. My many years achieving a Bachelors in Communication was going to be put into action. (This excited me).
A new year, A new life…
I am a girl of many Mantra’s, so naturally dubbed 2009 as “Time to shine in 2009”. And the year started off with Paige & I signing up for Golds Gym “Body Challenge”. A 14 week, Biggest Loser type of thing.
I lost 7 pounds. Not a huge victory, but a little bit of hope and little more motivation that I could achieve my weight loss goals.
My confidence started to come back and I had more energy. I signed up for my first 5k.
Then there was FitClubBootCamp. I had heard about this early morning bootcamp and had to give it a try. I was running laps while carrying car tires in each hand, running up and down bleachers, doing bear crawls around a track, and running my fastest mile ever (8:32) by the end of it.
Another 7 pounds gone. Poof, just like that.
I felt so strong and so great and ready to take on yet another challenge. As you can tell I am challenge oriented person. That is when I decided that a 10k would naturally be the next step, so I began to focus my energy on that.
While I was training for my 10k, it clicked – if I could run 6 miles, I could run 26. Ah ha, the marathon idea came into focus.
A year ago I was unhappy about my body appearance, I was unmotivated and had no energy. A 5k would have felt like a marathon back then. It took hard work and commitment to keep myself off the couch and in the gym. But to see the personal break throughs I have made, a 5k & 10K under my belt, an 18lb weight loss and a goal that will keep me going through 2010 puts a huge smile on my face.
It didn’t happen over night, it was a daily, weekly, monthly effort. That is why today I am going to recommit myself to my goals of next year. I am going to look forward and share what I will have accomplished in a year from now.
“Doing it again in 2010”. (As in accomplishing my goals)
Goals:Run in a relay race (2 5mile legs in the mountain terrain)
Run a Half Marathon
Run The Nike Marathon in San Fran
Lose 23 more pounds
Inspire others on their fitness journey