Update on the “Love Your Body Challenge”…

To this day has never failed me

To this day has never failed me

I bet if asked you could create a grocery list of things you don’t like or would change about your body, I sure know that I can. When I first agreed to do this challenge I didn’t actually think that it was going to make a difference. I couldn’t have possibly been more wrong and I am only on Day 8. I should mention that I started this challenge late and I am doing it at my pace, but I will say that this challenge has been an eye opening and mind shifting experience so far.

Each day consists of a reason to love your body, a mantra and an action step. Take me less than 10 minutes a day to complete and I usually do it when I am drinking my morning coffee, so I am in fairly good spirits, despite not yet being fully caffeinated.

There are 2 reasons that have really stuck with me, Day 3, because it’s strong and Day 6, because it’s served you well. I have put my body through hell and back and I still wake up every morning with my body ticking away, ready to take on the world. I have stared death in the face, I survived several pacemaker implant surgeries, and my body…still ticking. I am the child that inherited the “clumsy genes” in my family, so I have survived and recovered from numerous accidents, broken bones, bumps and bruises, and my body…still ticking. My body has never failed me. Every time I think that my body can’t do something, like finish a 5k, I have Emilia and Taren pushing me, telling me it’s all in my head, and then I cross the finish line.

Color Me Rad 5K Oct. 2013. Finish line crossed!

Color Me Rad 5K Oct. 2013. Finish line crossed!

I am on Day 8 of this challenge and I have noticed that I am beginning to focus less and less on the grocery list of thinks I want to change and more and more on the respect, love and appreciation I want to start showing my body.  Both are going to be there, so why not spend a little more time focusing on all the amazing things my body has done for me and continues to do for me. This body gives me life, it has the ability to give others life, it has the ability to be as strong as I want to make it.

My body has served me well and continues to do so.

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For the Love Of…..

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

I have discovered something about myself that I was almost certain I was never going to say. I love to run. Turns out, I am a runner. I have “complete a 5k” on my bucket list because, at the time, it seemed like a good goal for someone wanting to lose weight and get healthy, but over the months it has turned into a different reason.  There is something about running that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Running and I got off to a rough start. I remember when Emilia first made me run I laughed and knew I wasn’t going to last very long. I really struggled with breathing at the beginning and it took a conversation with my awesome doctor to figure out that I was trying to breathe in and out with each stride which was almost causing me to hyperventilate so the goal became to inhale on one stride and exhale over 2-3 strides and guess what, running become easier.

I feel like I am accomplishing something when I am running. I don’t know quite what it is, but I feel good. I feel like no one can take it away from me, it belongs to me and only me. I can feel myself as a skinner woman. I can feel the fit of my clothes changing. I can feel the difference in my body. I can feel the changes happening. I can also feel my need to put the brakes on and make it all stop. I have discovered a real love of running. I feel like I am really accomplishing something and no one can take it away from me because it is mine. I can do this, I can do this journey by continuing to believe in myself and love myself beyond all my excuses. LET’S GO RUNNING!!!!