Fast forward to today and I am happy to document my progress by volunteering to be a subject in my photos. Why? Because for the first time I feel fit, strong, and I am not ashamed of my body. I may not be the skinniest person out there, but that is not the focus of my journey. I know that I will always have my little stomach pooch (two c-sections ensure that will never go away), my thighs will continue to have more cellulite than I would like, and my J Lo butt will continue to trail behind me. These things will never change, and I have resigned myself to this fact. However, I am eating healthier food, I am keeping myself hydrated, and I am extremely proud of my exercise achievements in 2011.
In this blog I want to share how far I have come from that 231-pound sedentary person I once was by sharing my exercise totals for 2011:
Another thing I learned this year after running in more challenging obstacle races was that I needed to increase my upper body strength and not focus so heavily on the running. In November I started going to Crossfit Inland Valley 3-4 days a week and I cannot believe how much stronger I have gotten in this short amount of time. Today I did 450 jump ropes and 150 sit ups, and while my time to finish this challenge was not great, the fact that I actually completed it was amazing considering where I was even two months ago. I also back squatted 85 pounds, which is not much for most people, but I honestly never thought I could lift anything close to this. I now see that I will be able to lift much more in 2012 with the guidance and encouragement of my coach Al, who I appreciate more than he can imagine.
Because I am such a social person, another thing I learned in 2011 was that I am a lot more motivated to do my exercise and work harder when I have other people around me. I could not have achieved so much this year without my husband Sean and my friends keeping me company along the way. It was fitting that on New Year’s Eve, I decided to do an 8-mile, extremely hilly run with my friends Emily, Kay, and Gabriella to end 2011. When I thought I couldn’t go up even one more hill I would look ahead at Emily and Gabby and they would encourage me to keep going. If I looked behind me I saw Kay, who runs at a steady pace and ran almost the entire 8 miles without walking once. I am so thankful for this support and hope to continue our running dates in 2012.
Bring it on 2012!