You guys remember my girl Kara, right? She posted a bunch of guest blogs with her transformation last year. Well, she’s continued to lose even more weight, get even stronger, accomplish more of her goals and make ONE HUGE life change.. read about her here!!
Improvement. That is a one word summation of my journey since the last update. You may remember from my last blog that just over a year ago (April 2011) I ran my first 5k; one of the greatest days of my life. Since then I have continued to experience many firsts.
To excite things a bit, I signed up to run the Warrior Dash last fall. It was another 5k (my third) but with a dozen obstacles and plenty of mud to intensify the challenge. This race experience was similar to my first 5k in that I could hardly believe I had changed my life in such a manner that I was physically able to run and finish a course of that nature. That day was quite a success in my book!
Before I knew it a new year was upon us; new goals. Last year I wanted to run a 5k. It only made sense to up the ante right? This year’s resolutions are as follows:
- build my upper body so that I can perform a proper handstand push-up and pull-ups
- run a 10k
- lose 20 lbs
- have the excess skin removed from weight loss
In January I was approached about a weight loss challenge at my gym. I entered the 12 week challenge with hopes that I’d check that 20 pound goal off my list. In the same month, I set a date for body contouring procedures; a full body lift, an arm lift and a breast augmentation. I was finally going to have the excess skin removed, but not without losing a few more pounds. Twelve weeks passed and the results were in. I had lost 19.2 pounds (in addition to 100+ pounds I had lost prior) and over 5% of body fat. It was only April and I was less than one pound away from my goal; let’s call it CHECK!
Knowing that I would have some physical setbacks due to recovery, I still had the 10k resolution lingering in my mind. Do I wait until after the surgery or attempt it before? There was an annual 10k, scheduled for just a couple of weeks before the operation date, which I had originally chosen to run, but I hadn’t trained. However, running had been a part of my regular routine and I had even set a new 5k personal record. I felt that I was ready but my longest run had been only 4.5 miles. Four days prior, I decided to do it. I ran the entire race at one slow but steady pace and finished with all the pride in the world. CHECK.
May 3. The day had come. After months of researching and consulting with plastic surgeons, I was going into pre-op knowing that I had earned the new body I would soon have. Today, just shy of two weeks post procedure, I sit on the couch in recovery. My body is swollen and bruised, but every bit of what I have experienced I would do again. The anticipation I have to watch my body heal is indescribable. Here we go. BIG CHECK!
So here we are in the middle of May and I have checked off more than half of my goals for 2012. Did I set my bar too low? What a year it has already been! All I can think is “now what?”!
So that leaves my future. I’m not sure where I’ll be six months from now or even six years from now, but I know this: Fitness and health are already a huge part of my life and this is ONLY the beginning. I have a place in the industry. I’ll continue to move forward with my personal goals, setting them and conquering them one at a time. One day, maybe I can help others to do the same.
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