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One year wrap-up in 905 words ^_^

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So today marks one year since I started this weight loss journey and decided to change my lifestyle to a healthier one FOR GOOD.  Though I did my first 21 Day Fix workout on February 24, 2014, I have to backtrack a little bit to when my challenge pack first arrived.  There was one bigger book with a whole lot of colors and lists, and like three little pamphets, plus three dvds, a bunch of containers that seemed so tiny, a shaker cup and this giant bag of Shakeology.  I was very nervous and trepidatious at first, because everything else I had been trying hadn’t worked.  I’d lose some weight then gain it right back the second I looked at chocolate cake or pizza.  It was logical to be skeptical right?  But then I sat down and started calculating.  TWO THOUSAND CALORIES.  The program had me eating five times a day and 2000 calories.  Sheyeah right.  I had literally been shooting for 1200 ever since I could remember…but I decided that I had to give it the three weeks and put my trust in something unknown to see what it could do.

My coach had added me to a private online accountability group and we had to check in, and show pictures of our food, and take sweaty selfies, and share our experiences with each other.  Not only had weight loss and fitness been a pretty individual thing for me up until that point, but a lot of the other challengers didn’t have much to lose and I felt like the token fat chick.  But I quickly learned a lot of things about myself and others in just those three weeks.  The first thing I learned was, just because someone is a size 2 doesn’t mean they are happy with their body.  I was confused why someone so small would want to be doing a diet and exercise program.  I had assumed that everyone did Beachbody programs because they wanted to lose weight.  Little did I know that the nutrition plans that were provided with the programs not only could help someone lose weight, but could assist in maintaining and even GAINING weight!  And the workout programs all have a modifier to make things lower impact, while there’s always some over-zealous person on screen to amp things up a bit, too.  And I was also participating in this group with some ladies that were very comfortable with their size 18 bodies, but just wanted to be healthier wives, moms, lovers, etc.  I quickly learned that everyone is on their own journey, and you should never compare your journey to anyone else’s.  We all have different steps to follow, and even missteps we will take along the way.  We have different reasons and motivation that push us in the directions we go, and temptations that will drive us backward if we let them.

Those little containers weren’t so little after I realized how much food you really could eat when it was fueling your body for optimal nutrition and health.  Long gone were the days of starving myself on purpose, eating 1200 calories without taking into account the workout I did for the day, or chain-smoking to keep myself from overeating.  This was a much more advanced way of thinking but strangely simplistic and easy to follow once I got the hang of it.  The workouts kicked my ass, but in all honesty I hadn’t really put forth the effort I needed to start burning fat and raising my metabolism to help me from the inside out.   And 21 days later I was 6 pounds and 9.5 inches smaller and on my way to being healthier, happier, and more confident.  It was then that I made the decision to become a coach because I had found a solution that works and it was like the Fountain of Youth…I just needed to share it with everyone so they could see results, too.

Fast foward to today and here’s a quick recap of my accomplishments over the past 365 days, of which I’m pretty darn proud…

–I completed three dedicated rounds of the 21 Day Fix
–I nailed the 14-week Focus T25 program (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma)
–I dabbled in a TurboFire/PiYo hybrid while training for the half
–Oh yeah…I trained 12 weeks for and completed a half marathon (with no walking)
–I am three days from completing the 60 day Les Mills Combat program
–I am about to start 21 Day Fix Extreme on Monday, March 2nd
–I now coach 133 people and lead a team of 11 coaches
-I have lost 49.1 pounds and 36 inches.
-I went from a size 18 to a size 10; XL to medium.
-I have more confidence, I’m healthier,  I have plenty of energy to complete my tasks, my body is able to handle more than it ever could, and I’m happier.

And my journey is not over yet. No, I didn’t quite make it to fifty pounds before my one year, like I had imagined, but with everything else that I’ve gained (and lost) this year, I could hardly be disappointed in myself.  I’ve worked really hard, but played really hard, too.  I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  And I’ll be the first to admit that some of the choices I make still aren’t the healthiest.  But I make it work and I know how to reel it back in and get back on track.  This isn’t just a diet or a 21 day program…it’s a lifestyle.  And I’m never going back.

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Better Body Bootcamp!

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Now accepting applications for my brand new Better Body Bootcamp program! It’s only 21 days, and it’s got everything laid out for you. You’ll know EXACTLY what to eat and what workouts to do to get amazing results. If you want details, like this post or comment below with your email address and I’ll send you info. I’m only accepting TEN people who want to be one step closer to their dream body in only 21 days. You can also apply here:http://goo.gl/forms/5CwHxS4i5m

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Help Wanted!

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**ATTENTION** HELP WANTED!

I’m looking for some partners…comment below with your email address if you want more info! I have been extremely blessed to be able to bring in extra income to pay off debt, support my hobbies, and live more comfortably than ever (plus get healthy and in the best shape of my life while doing it!). I want to help you do the same! I will lead you through your first 3-6 months to help you be consistent, maximize your earning potential, and earn incentives.

This is for those who:
-are open to creating extra income for their family while working from home!
-are looking to finally get in the best shape of their lives!
-wouldn’t mind being supported and working with a team of amazing people!
-want to help friends and family get healthy!
-desire to work on personal growth to become happier and have better relationships!

If any (or all) of these apply to you, then please COMMENT BELOW with your email address and I will send you details soon! Spots are LIMITED, so ACT FAST! The people I’m looking for are ready for a change and a new beginning to something exciting and fun.

A health and fitness background is fine, but it’s absolutely NOT necessary. You don’t have to be a fitness expert or in the best physical shape (I started coaching almost 50 pounds heavier!). You DO however must be willing to lead fitness first, meaning that you focus on your own health and fitness so you can lead by example. I found this to be great motivation for me to reach my own goals.

Got a friend you think would ROCK this? Refer them here! Better yet, ask them to join you on this journey! Can’t wait to connect with you!

If you know YOU’RE READY NOW, then fill out the form at this link and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible!!

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Reflection on 2014 and Best Wishes for 2015

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When 2014 started, I honestly didn’t have any expectations of the coming year.  I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago!  But when I think back over the last 364 days, I realize there were a lot of monumental changes in my life this year.  Not only did I finally get my health and fitness on the right track, but I achieved a lot of goals that I set out for myself along the way.  And I have come to the realization that setting smaller goals and achieving them little by little was the way that worked for me.  I certainly didn’t start out January 1st planning on running a half marathon in November.  And I definitely didn’t know I would eventually lose over 46 pounds and almost 40 inches before December 31st.  I decided to sit here for a moment and list the things I was able to achieve this year  so that I can start thinking about the goals I want to set for 2015.  I also included some important things I’ve gained, along with the losses.  I hope I inspire you to do the same…remember little changes lead to big ones.  There is no accomplishment too small to count!

Accomplishments for 2015, in no particular order

-Completed a 3 week workout program (21 Day Fix) fully, three times
(Feb. 24-March 12, Sept. 1-21, Nov. 29-Dec.19)
-Completed a 14 week workout program (T25 Alpha, Beta, Gamma)
(Alpha/Beta March 31-June 9 & Gamma June 23-July 18)
-Completed a 12 week Half Marathon training program
(Aug. 25-Nov.15)
-Ran less than a 10 minute mile (April 12)
-Ran less than a 9 minute mile (June)
-Ran less than an 8 minute mile (Nov.)
-Ran a 5k in less than 30 minutes (Oct. 7)
-Ran a 10k distance (not an official race) in less than 1 hour (Sept. 28)
-Ran a half marathon in 2:01:46 without walking (Nov. 15)
-Lost 46.5 pounds and 38 inches (Feb. 24 – Dec. 31)
-Went from a size 16/18 to a size 10, XL/XXL to a M/L
-Did a yoga bind (Dec. 15)
-Became a Beachbody coach and now support almost 90(!) people around the United States and Canada on their weight loss journeys (March 1)

But beyond all of these accomplisments and losses, there are three very important things I GAINED throughout this year.

SUPPORT SYSTEM
Not only do I have the support of my loving husband, family, and friends, but I now have added a network of coaches, other runners, accountability groups, fitness junkies, etc. that I speak to DAILY about our goals, dreams, aspirations, and struggles.  Having this support system was honestly the key to my success.  Without all of you and your inspirational and motivational posts, pictures, high fives, and kicks in the butt, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

CONFIDENCE
Those of you that know me personally know I’m not really shy, but it takes me a bit to open up about my personal feelings.  Having gained 80 pounds since high school has always plagued me, but I never had the courage to do anything about it.  Now I have the confidence to see how far I’ve come, know I can reach the rest of my goals no matter how rough, and help others do the same.

MOTIVATION
Once I figured out my “WHY” it made it all that much easier to start achieving my goals.  But your WHY needs to be STRONG ENOUGH and you have to be willing to put in the work.  I never realized that until this year.  When times got tough before, I gave up.  Thinking back to when my husband proposed to me, I wanted to lose weight for our wedding which was to take place 9 months later.  Though I lost a little, I still walked down the aisle in a size 18 dress.  I knew he loved me in the body I was in, and that was always lingering in the back of my head.  I know today that he’ll still love me no matter what my pant size is, how far I can run, what kind of food I eat, etc. but I want to be healthy for our future child(ren).  I want to end the trend of obesity in my own household so that we aren’t just another statistic.  I want to stop the risk factors we have for hereditary issues dead in their tracks and never look back.  Those wants are powerful enough to keep me going…to keep me working toward my ultimate goals, no matter how long they take.  And I know I have the support system, confidence and motivation to get there.

I hope your 2014 was monumental, no matter how big or small your accomplisments were.  Write them down, reflect, and think about what you have to do going forward to take you further.  If you need help, I recommend finding a support system.  Talk about your goals.  Post them around you so you can see/hear/reflect on them daily.    Share them with others.  Share them with me!  Make 2015 great, no matter what you’ve got going on around you!

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts and quotes around, but it is soooooo true!
Happy New Year!

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YEAR END RESULTS!

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10 months, 47 pounds, 38 inches down…18 pounds to go until my ultimate goal weight!

For those of you that don’t use pictures or measurements as motivation, you should start!  The scale isn’t the only place to see changes…and sometimes it can really work against you and be very unmotivating.  See it and feel it.  KEEP GOING!!!march-dec

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Common Misconceptions

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One of my first blog posts was called “The Ugly Truth” and though it was filled with lots of useful information, I felt it necessary to revisit some of those ideas, and also some common misconceptions that many have regarding health, fitness, weight loss, Beachbody, and Shakeology.

Misconception #1: You have to eat less to lose weight.
When I was in college, I started an at-home workout program (from Beachbody, ironically haha) but didn’t follow the suggested food plan.  I ate 1200 calories, didn’t eat back any of the calories I burned, and a majority of those calories were from convenience foods lacking in nutritional benefits.  Did I lose weight?  Of course!  Did it stay off?  Not on your life!  I gained every pound back, and even more, the minute I ate more than usual or skipped a work out.  When I started this journey over in February, I was nearly 215 pounds and the program I was following had me eating 2000 calories.  Yes, 2000 and it was a TON of food.  And I still lost weight and inches.  It’s all in WHAT you eat, not necessarily the amount.

Misconception #2: Eating healthy is too expensive.
With a lot of what is in the media regarding food, diet, and nutrition lately, a lot of people think that eating healthy means eating all fresh foods, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.  and those options aren’t always as cost-efficient or as convenient as other things we are used to getting.  Each person has their own dietary needs and some follow certain guidelines because they need to rather than want to, for various reasons.  While eating some of these ways can be extremely beneficial, for others it is just not necessary.  My husband and I spend $75-100 a week (total, not each, and amyn times less) on groceries for the two of us and that includes lean meats, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, dairy, and yes, that even includes Shakeology for BOTH of us.  Think about how much you spend each week on fast food, coffee drinks, going out to dinner, and/or other convenience foods.  Is it more than $3.50 a day or $25 a week?  I pay less than that and every time I drink Shakeology I know I’m getting essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that come from whole foods, that curbs my cravings, helps my hair and nails grow, keeps me full until my next meal, and helps me to stay healthy (sickness is limited to seasonal allergies!).  Most convenient foods are full of additives and are high in sugar and sodium that is very harmful, especially for those with any health issues or those prone to them.

Misconception #3: What hasn’t/has worked for someone else, won’t/will work for me
Remember that everyone is different.  There is no “one size fits all” in regards to nutrition and fitness.  I wish it were that easy! There are a lot of different options out there and if you’ve tried something and it hasn’t worked, don’t give up.  Try something else!  I did WW twice and couldn’t handle all of the freedom it gave me.  I could eat all fast food and drink empty calories and still stay in my points, and I knew that wasn’t the best thing for me.  But it has worked for many of my friends and I’m super proud of their success!  I tried four or five different diet pills, but didn’t like how they made me feel.  I was jittery, plus nothing suppressed my appetite to keep me from making poor food choices anyways.  I’ve tried low-carb, no-carb, high protein, low calorie, super restrictive, etc. etc. etc. and nothing worked for me until I realized that for me it was all about portion control and balance.

Misconception #4: As long as you work out, you can eat whatever you want.
As much as we all would love to believe this statement, it just isn’t true.  For those of you trying to lose weight, food choices (see how I didn’t call it a diet?) are 80% of the battle.  If you just make changes in what you eat, you’ll see the pounds start to come off even if you aren’t hitting up the gym, using an at-home workout, walking, running, or whatever.  If you’re trying to stay within a certain amount of calories, you can always eat back at least a portion of what you burn with a workout, but your body needs FUEL to make the changes you’re hoping to see.  Food choices should work together rather than against each other to help your body recover, build muscle, and burn fat.

Misconception #5: You can never eat fast food, desserts, or chocolate, or drink beer or wine ever again if you expect to be healthy and lose weight.
If these are items you couldn’t dream of letting go, you’re in luck…you don’t have to say goodbye!  I’m sure you’ve heard it before…”All in Moderation.”  You can indulge from time to time, but if your daily menu consists of these items more than anything else, it might be time for an intervention.  Many of these items are lacking in nutritional value, and have no real benefit for your body except for comfort and, for some, stability.  There are plenty of choices eating out that are healthier than a super-sized fast-food sandwich, fries, and milkshake, with a pie on the side.  There are a lot of delicious desserts and chocolate options that are satisfying.  Plus an occasional alcoholic beverage or two (even three) won’t hurt too much, but limiting that consumption to one day rather than multiple days during the week will leave your body feeling better.

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That time of year…

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The holidays are here and if you’re anything like me (and millions of others), you’re confronted with temptations daily.  It is also the time of year that most people start thinking about what they have accomplished in the past 11 months and begin making resolutions for the next year.   And though I tend to focus on health, fitness, and weight loss a majority of the time, we obviously focus on a lot of different aspects when it comes to accomplishments and resolutions.  But not being happy with the skin you’re in can bring a lot of stress, negative feelings, and poor decisions that can make it even harder to reach your goals and achieve your accomplishments, whether they are health related or not!

There are a lot of people that have approached me for support lately, and I am more than happy to help!  It’s why I got into coaching in the first place – because I saw success and had a lot to share with others.   But a lot of times I’m reminded that everyone is on their own journey and approaches things differently.  Each person has different things on his/her plate – stress, time management, planning, activity, family, etc.  There are a few quotes I feel are very important to remember at this time of year and every other day, as well:

1. “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”
I love to share my results and the success stories of others, but many of us have been on this journey for awhile.  I have been working on my 47+ pound and 32+ inch loss since February 24th.  Others have been working longer, others less…and we all have different goals and are reaching different milestones.  When I started I wanted to lose 10 pounds.  When I got to that point, I made that goal 25, then 30, then 40, now 50.  I realized that I had the potential to do something more, but I didn’t want to set myself up for failure, since I knew that it was up to ME and no one else to get me where I wanted to be.  I saw the success of others and used it as inspiration and motivation to start my own journey to success.  I shared my frustrations, asked questions, tried new things, and let go of old practices.  It was only through carving my own path that I was able to learn anything, not by comparing myself to someone else.   And it might not be weight loss you’re trying to achieve.  You may be struggling with anorexia and want to know proper nutrition to get healthier, or you may already be thin but want to add muscle to your physique.  Set your goals and know what it takes to achieve them.  And understanding that there are no quick fixes (that last in the longterm) is essential.  For example, if you think of it as a diet, that puts an expiration date on your timeline.  Or if doing cardio makes you sick to your stomach, try yoga!  Make it a lifestyle change and strive to do better than yesterday, every day.

This was just shared with me today, by some fellow coaches, and I LOVE it!
2. “Your WHY needs to be stronger than your addictions.”

While we don’t want to call them addictions, there are a lot of things done daily that can be considered as such.  Trips to Starbucks or Tim Horton’s, Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme, fast food chains, and even sit-down convenience restaurants.  For me it was sugary breakfast cereal and convenience foods for lunches like cinnamon applesauce, microwaveable diet meals, and snack bars.  Be stronger than those addictions (WANTS) and focus on your NEEDS.  And know what you need to do to reach your goals by focusing on a WHY.  WHY are you trying to (lose weight, get healthy, get fit)?  What propels you?  What motivates you?  What is going to help make this stick THIS TIME?  While I’m working to lose my excess weight before I get pregnant with my first child, you may be working toward a different goal.  Of the people I’m supporting right now, one wants to lose the baby weight from her last child, one is working on feeling sexier in a new dress for her vow renewal next year, and one is even working on losing enough weight to qualify for weight reduction surgery.  Figure out your WHY and be STRONGER than your addictions…AND your excuses.

And this brings us to this…
3.  “The only thing standing in the way of your success is your behavior.”
We can blame genetics, lifestyle, budget, opportunity, age, gender, race, or experience.  Or you can remember that YOU are the only thing that stands in your way.  The rest are just excuses.  Yup, I said it.   And for every excuse you give me, I can come right back with a success story of someone who made it happen.  YOU can make it happen, if you are willing to put in the effort.  If you’re not, that’s fine!  Like I said, I understand we all handle things differently, and must do things on our own time and in our own way.  But just know that there are options if you are willing, and it doesn’t have to include oodles of money, hours a day, duct-taping your mouth, or ritual sacrifice.

If you’re ready, I will be there every step of the way as your coach.  I’m here to support you, not get your sale.  Encouraging you helps to motivate me as well, as I’m still on that journey myself!  If you need daily check-ins, I can do that!  If you want me to help you plan out meals and accompany you to the grocery store, so be it (but I will definitely expect travel expenses :-P).  And now that I’m done with my second Masters, I want to dedicate some time into getting certified in nutrition and I’m really excited to keep learning and keep sharing.  Like I said, I know everyone is on their own journey so my coaching is not “one size fits all” either.  I can give you tough love, I can sit back and let you do your thing, or I can do a little of both.  But I will support you, answer your questions, and help whatever way I can and do whatever it is you need until you get where you want to be.  Guaranteed.  And though I am smart enough to know that it isn’t for everyone, I will always “promote” Beachbody products because there are a ton of people that have seen success using their products, myself included.  And you know the age-old saying…”don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!”  Don’t draw conclusions until you’ve put in the effort!  And remember, there’s always a 30 day money back guarantee on any of our products, including a “bottom of the bag” guarantee for Shakeology.

Peace, love, and apples with peanut butter,
Cat.

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21 Day Fix, Round 3, Week 1

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Finished week one with NO CHEATS!  Got my workout in every day, plus trying to hit at least 7500 steps a day.  Lost 3.8 pounds this week!  Not measuring or doing photos until after the 21 days (the after pictures in my heading are the befores for this round).  Also was finally able to BIND in my yoga fix yesterday! See photo below the food ^_^

Started out this round at 173.3 pounds (up almost 5 since two weeks before the half marathon…took off a week and a half from working out and went out to eat too much!!), and am happy to report that I’m back down to 169.5 after this week. So I’m well on my way back to my goal of 50 pounds of weight loss by Christmas 🙂  A little less than 5 pounds and I’m there 🙂  Here’s some photos of what I got to eat on this “diet” this week (can you tell I like green beans best?!)!  Connect with me on Facebook if you want recipes and more ideas!

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Feta-stuffed burgers w/homemade sweet potato fries and green beans!

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Tilapia w/ herbed potatoes and green beans!

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Turkey tacos with homemade shells!
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Turkey breast with mashed baby reds and green beans!

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Spiced apple-onion pork with saffron couscous and green beans!

 

And finally, what you’ve been waiting for (maybe?!) – my BIND!
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Well, here we are…week 12.  Three days away from my first half marathon.  I posted weekly updates until week 4, then combined weeks 5 and 6, finally giving up posting about it altogether for some reason.  I figured I needed to document everything, even minimally, just so I can remember this in the future!

I was only barely a month into my health and fitness journey when I was propositioned about this half marathon.  We had just run the Monument Ave. 10k in Richmond and I had beat my PR by 3 minutes.  I did interval training (4/2) the entire time and felt really good when I was done.  I knew there were going to be at least three people I knew doing the same race and on a whim, March 31st, I bit the bullet and registered.

Over the summer, I tried to run a couple of days a week, but kept them short distances just to build endurance and hopefully speed.  I didn’t rely on the running to help me lose weight…I just wanted to get better.  I knew my previous times for a 5k, 8k, and 10k, and used those as my jumping off point.  I never got into this to compete with anyone else, but knew that it could motivate me to work that much harder to reach my goals.  And it worked.  I was able to go from an average 11-12 minute mile down to 9 minute miles or less (8:03 this week on one of them, even!).

I knew I was going to have to properly train to get myself ready for this, because I know my body and how much it can handle.  I didn’t want to risk injury or just “wing it.”  Yes, the primary goal is just to survive the race, since I don’t have a PR to beat, but I have set smaller goals along the way that I knew I could achieve with the right effort, mindset, and dedication.  So I decided to work with a 12-week program I had heard of others using, created by Hal Higdon.  It had me running at least 3 days a week, plus some strength and cross training.  I would start with shorter runs, twice a week, with a longer run on the weekend.  It started with 3 and 4 miles, respectively, working up to 5 miles on the shorter days and a ten mile run the weekend before the race.

To say that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stick with the schedule, is an understatement.  I started a new job with almost an hour and a half commute on my way home.  The last thing I wanted to do twice a week was run 3+ miles after being on my feet all day.  But I did it.  I did the shorter runs on Tuesday/Thursday and the longer run on Sunday.  If something came up, I didn’t make excuses, I just shifted to Weds/Fri/Sun.  I never skipped a run altogether, but two weeks ago there was the leaking water bag incident in 40 degree temps that caused me to shorten my ten mile run to six out of fear of sickness.  But I didn’t make excuses…I just got out there and ran, regardless of conditions, temperature, exhaustion, or preparation.  I made it work, and I learned a lot in the process.  Here’s my top five!

  1. You don’t have to have always been a runner to run a longer distance race. I used the tag #reallyajogger throughout my posts, because I never considered myself a runner until more recently.  A few years ago, I never would have known anything about keeping my toenails short, carb-loading, shoes that fit your gait, plantar fasciitis, bunions, or any of that “fun” stuff that comes with running.  But it’s all worth it when you finish your run feeling amazing, connected with nature and your own thoughts, and fulfilled.
  2. I learned I have a lot more discipline than I thought I did. There were a lot of days I wanted to just put my feet up or do something else.  Especially Sunday mornings.  But I made it a priority to stick to the training and push myself just a little bit further than I did the day/week/month before.  I knew my body was capable of it, so I just did it.
  3. I should have changed my playlist more often. In the final weeks I was running almost 20 miles a week, which is a lot of repeated songs.  Songs I LOVED are now ones I can’t stand, at least for the time being.  If there was one thing I was lazy with, it was updating my song selection.  I won’t make that same mistake again 🙂
  4. There is an awful lot to see when you’re running. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the seasons change, sunrises and sunsets, deer crossing my path, moms pushing their babies in strollers, people walking their dogs, couples holding hands, other runners and walkers working toward various goals, beauty… everywhere.  If you haven’t taken the time to just go for a walk outside and check things out, you don’t know what you’re missing.
  5. The final, and most important thing I learned…never focus on PERFECTION. Throughout this 12 weeks, there were never any perfect days.  The two days where the weather was perfect, one of those runs my water bag broke, leaking cold water down my back, and during the other my shoe laces were too tight and my foot still hasn’t fully recovered.  The days where I got the best night’s sleep the night before, my eating was poor, or vice versa.  Today, when I knew I had to get my final run in before the half this weekend, I ended up having a late meeting then hitting traffic and had to run in the dark.  If I had waited for perfect conditions, perfect weather, legs and feet that didn’t hurt, a good night’s sleep, great eating habits, and plenty of hydration, I wouldn’t be at the point I’m at…three days away from one of the most anticipated days of my life.  I have worked really hard to get to this point, and as nervous as I am or as “meh” I’m feeling about it, I know I’ve done my best to prepare and I can’t wait to see what I can do.  I’m going to be proud no matter my time, because I know I’m not perfect and I’m not competing with anyone but myself!

So, long story short (I know, too late), if there’s something you want to achieve, go for it.  Do what you need to do to get there, no matter what.  Don’t give up just because you think the time isn’t right.  You have to MAKE it the right time…make it happen.

POST-RACE UPDATE!
Well, I finished!  I ended up RUNNING THE WHOLE THING and finished in 2:01:46.  I was really hoping to get less than 2 hours, but I thought this was pretty darn close, and I’m super proud of myself considering I never went over 10 miles before this run.  I’m already planning on doing it again next year, and wondering if I’d ever be able to do a full marathon (crazy, right?!).  Guess we’ll see!

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