Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me.... I can Now Do the Tree!!

Today I am one year older.  29.  Just one year away from the big 3-0.  What a year it has been.  I lost 60lbs.  I gained 20lbs. I lost 7lbs.  I went from a very overweight, could barely walk for 10 or 15 minutes without feeling like I was having a heart attack person, to a person that is now running in 4 minute intervals for almost 2 miles at a time.

Yoga Tree Pose

Yoga Eagle Pose

I also went from a person that couldn't even think about touching my toes and struggling to tie my shoe laces to a person that now can do Yoga!! Yesterday, I was successfully able to do the Tree and the Eagle - as if I'd been doing it my whole life.

Knowing that I can now contort my body into unthinkable poses - and loving it - is amazing to me.  There's no WAY I could have done this when I was 300lbs or 260lbs.... but now, I can.

Yesterday, I started week 4 of the Couch 2 5K.  It was 4 minutes of jogging, 1 minute recovery walk.  I was nervous.  I didn't know if I'd be able to do it.  It was raining.  It was cold. 

I walked out of the school building, placed my earphones into my ear, and decided I CAN DO THIS!!  And, you know what?  I did.  I ran, in the rain, cold wind blowing towards me, I ran four minutes - and to top it off, I didn't even like doing the recovery walks.  I just wanted to keep on running....and in the end, I did.  I just ran.  The last 7 or 8 minutes I just ran - and it felt so good.

Today, I am indeed a year older - and maybe a year wiser...that's only for time to tell.  I do know that I want this year to be different.  I want to leave my twenties with a bang...a sonic boom...a HELL YEAH THAT'S WHAT I DID IN ONE YEAR!!  I want to lose the weight.  Get a teaching job.  Train and run in 5Ks, maybe a 10K.  I want to help others, inspire others...just show people that they can do whatever they set their mind to.

Within me, there is a fire burning...one that I plan to keep fueling...keep the flame going.  I want to discover the joys of success, the power of determination, the freeing feeling of a healthy body, mind, and soul.

Yes, I'm getting all serious - this is serious to me.  Today is the day.  With my new found dedication comes a new found way of inspiration:  A monthly mantra.  To go along with my Yoga, meditation, and soul searching - I'm taking on the help of a guide, a visual representation of the person I will be...the inner voice that is there when I need her.

This month, I thought it fitting that this be my first Mantra.  It says a lot of the person that I have become, and how it will get me through this month.  So, here it is... February's Mantra:

Till next time.  ;)
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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *throws confetti*

  2. Happy Birthday!! This is one of the most inspirational posts ever! What a great year.. I hope 29 is even better! Where did you find the Mantra of the month? I love it!

  3. Thanks, everyone!!

    Brandi - I created it myself. I found a picture I loved, then edited it in Photoshop to add the writing. :)


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