My Favorite Reward for Blogging

Friends, though I’d love to say I’ve figured out how to monetize this blog and make a full-time income (or any at all), that has yet to happen. I share my experiences with you for entirely different reasons. So why do I do it?

I know there are others where I have been that need to hear the road to wellness and wholeness is not only possible, but one of the most extraordinary journeys of one’s life.

I blog to encourage others as they take the first steps toward healthier living and achieving dreams; to know that if they fail on the first attempt, they have unlimited opportunities to try again. I want to impress upon readers that none of you are alone in any of it if you don’t want to be. REACH OUT!

I hope that those struggling with the yo-yo thing, like I did. try one more, or as many times as it takes to get it right. Of course there are difficulties along the way. If wellness were easy, everyone would have it figured out…would be strong, fit, well nourished and complete. But it’s not easy, and everyone’s circumstances are different. Tough “life stuff” happens and it can easily render us feeling powerless, defeated.

There are many days I begin feeling those circumstances attempting to pull me back. And about that same (divine) time, one of you REACHES OUT and reminds me why I’ve gone public with my story…why I put it all out there. Your messages mean the world to me, and hearing from you is, undoubtedly, my favorite reward for blogging.

I recently received this message of kindness from reader, Shelby H.:

Hey thank you so much for your inspiration! You are amazing! This Ted talk reminds me of what you are doing! You didn’t let digits define you, you became more! You didn’t get to choose the cards you were dealt but you chose to do something with your life! Seriously thank you for your inspiration!

And along with her message she attached this link to BeUtoFullness, an amazing TEDx Talk by Tami Hymas.  This video was far too important for me to keep to myself!

Such wonderful words of wisdom, that we don’t have to compare or compete with others because you are the only you…we are all exactly differently, the same! Friends, as mentioned, if you’re in a tough place, you can become more. As stated, we don’t get to choose the cards we’re dealt, but we can choose to do something with our lives!

Shelby, thank you for reaching out and giving me a lift when I really needed it!

And remember, Friends, we are all together in this. So whether you are in need of a pep talk, or if you have words to uplift another…REACH OUT!

 

Nothing is Impossible

Friends, it’s very hard for me to believe what blessings this past year has brought my way. Exactly one year ago this morning, I was in Honolulu starting a marathon…A MARATHON! I admit, if you had told me two years ago I’d run one, I would have told you, “Impossible!”

I’d only just begun running the year before, and never imagined in a million years I would run 26.2 miles. In one day. For fun. Yet I found myself meeting up with Rhonda and Matt, complete strangers at that time, to do exactly that!

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Just a few short years before, this concept was impossible. Unthinkable! Because at 246 pounds, the first few miles would’ve surely induced cardiac arrest!

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But having lost the weight, adopted healthy eating habits, a love of fitness and a wellbeing in my soul, I allowed myself to think crazy thoughts. And when certain thoughts just couldn’t be ignored, I set goals. Little by little those goals became realized dreams I never even knew I had a few short years ago.

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It took everything I had to give that day, but I knew all along it was there.

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And when it was done, I was able to say what I never thought I could…I was a Marathoner!

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And better yet, with continued determination, the astounding generosity of others, despite injuries, health setbacks and mental blocks…these further impossibilities became realities:

  • Carlsbad Half Marathon, Carlsbad, CA (January)
  • Donna’s Half Marathon, Jacksonville, FL (February)
  • San Diego Half Marathon, San Diego, CA (March)
  • Beginner’s Luck Half Marathon, Henderson, NV (April)
  • La Jolla Half Marathon, La Jolla, CA (April)
  • Rockin’ Robin Half Marathon, Rochester, MN (May)
  • Med City Half Marathon, Rochester, MN (May)
  • Mammoth Lakes Half Marathon, Mammoth Lakes, CA (June)
  • Bubble Run 5K, Madison, WI (June)
  • Mini Iron Man, Many Point, MN (June)
  • MN Nuthouse 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, Rochester, MN (July)
  • RAGBRAI 420 miler, IA (July)
  • Ragnar Great River, WI/MN (August)
  • America’s Finest City Half Marathon, San Diego, CA (August)
  • Med City Fall Half Marathon, Rochester, MN (September)
  • Mankato Half Marathon, Mankato, MN (October)
  • Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC (October)
  • Rock’n’Roll 5K and Half Marathon, Las Vegas, NV (November)
  • Silver Lake Walk with Friends Half Marathon, Rochester, MN (December)

And to think it all started a year ago today; all of it seemingly impossible, yet…

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Friends, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to…ANYTHING! Believe in yourself, your hopes, dreams and ambitions. Set multiple short and long-term goals to get yourself there. Tell yourself I’M POSSIBLE and put your Best Foot Forward; there’s no telling where we can take ourselves if we remember NOTHING is impossible!

December Challenge: Advent Calendar of Wellness

Happy December, fellow FIT BFFs! Not sure how it arrived so quickly, but here we are in the final month of 2016. I know how crazy December can be. Prior to the beginning of my journey toward wellness, the holiday hustle and bustle threatened to take me down…year after year. One December actually found me in the ER with what I thought were heart attack symptoms. Thankfully, it was an anxiety attack, but I should never have allowed that month to feel so out of control. I’m happy to say I’ve made diliberate changes to avoid recurrence. In reminding myself, I thought it also helpful to share this little idea with you.

Two years ago, I prepared an advent calendar. You’ve all seen these, it’s a December tradition with little doors that children open, one for each day leading to Christmas…some even include chocolate.

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Having lost a significant amount of weight by that time, my calendar did NOT include treats, but instead, was chock-full of motivation. It was simply a blank calendar I posted on my fridge as a constant, visual reminder to move. Each day as I completed a workout, I recorded it. Here’s a glimpse…

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I found with each passing day, I was more and more motivated to fill those boxes. By the end of the month it had been completely filled which left me feeling accomplished. I’m ready for that sense of satisfaction again…I’ve got a fun calendar printed off, posted and ready to fill with my fit activities.

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I invite you to join me in this festive fitness challenge. Simply print off this free printable calendar made available by the fine folks at iMOM here, and get busy gifting yourself a little wellness every day this month.

Let’s give ourselves a gift of wellness every day this month…one festive way to put our Best Foot Forward!