Today is my one year anniversary of taking my health into my hands. I joined MyFitnessPal, trying to lose some weight to alleviate the plantar fasciitis that I had developed in hopes of being able to run again. I actually don't feel anything special about today. In fact, I didn't really want to post about it, but I think looking back I would like to know what was going through my head.
So what's going through my head? I'm on a journey, 1 year really isn't much of a milestone when you feel like you have changed your life and lifestyle and it will always be this way. It feels natural and right, like I am on the path I should be on. I took "before" and "after" pictures in a swimsuit but they don't feel like before and after. They feel like last year when I couldn't run and this year when I'm a runner. I can see the changes and strength in my body, but don't feel the need to share them. I've lost some pounds and inches, but more important than any of that, I feel fantastic, I feel driven and alive and I can run!
So, instead of stats about weightloss and measurement changes, here are a few pictures of how running has transformed my life. I wasn't actually able to run until August 3rd, but a year ago I started taking steps to making it happen and I am glad for that. That's what I feel the most joy about, the fact that a year ago I desperately wanted to be able to run...and now I AM RUNNING!
I'm proud of myself for taking my health to a place it's never been. Looking at a photo of myself at 24, I'm overwhelmed and happy that at 40 I look nearly as young as I did then!
The bottom line is that running has transformed me from the inside out. I feel like how I've always been on the inside shines on the outside now. This picture is my favorite recently because this is how I feel...colorful, strong, fun, happy, and sweaty! ;)
It's been a fantastic year with many more to come!
Bring on the mileage!!!