After updating this blog for a year, I think it's important for me to discuss how it's helped me transform my life and my body.
It's been an interesting year of learning about body image and trying to figure out what type of person I want to be perceived as. In the last year, I have learned that it truly isn't the number on the scale that matters but how you feel in your own skin. When I finished my first triathlon, I just was amazed at how powerful I felt. I'm slowly letting go of my "tall girl" complex. By that, I mean, I don't let people around me judge by their own perceptions. Instead, I judge myself based on my own qualifications for beauty.
After getting married and slowly looming into my late twenties, I am happy to say that my definition of beauty has drastically changed. I no longer see competition with other women, and I no longer feel the need to participate in flaunting my body image to feel attractive. I've started to learn how to base my self-worth on things far outside of what the number on the scale is and how people perceive me at first glance.
There are many people in the world, but it's the people with kind & caring hearts that are truly beautiful. Whenever I start to feel down on myself, I try to think of all the other things in the world I bring to the table besides body image.
Now, life is so much better---because I don't deprive myself from food! LOL. Tomorrow, I have a ten mile run and I can't really allow myself to eat light. I need to eat what I need, because I am going to go run a bunch, and I need those extra calories to propel myself through a two hour work-out. Without doing that, it's just way too hard.
The biggest realization I had this year is that I don't want to feel empty and hungry. Instead, I want to feel fueled and strong! I want to know that I have the energy to climb a mountain, run a 10k, and do a triathlon! I want to know that after nine hard miles of plugging along down my favorite running path, that I have the extra something inside of me to make it to 10 miles.
That's a lot more empowering than feeling skinny.
Stay tuned for another breakthrough run this weekend----10 miles!
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I am right on track with my training! Here is a picture before I am about to embark on my first fully-finished 10k. The shirt I am wearing is from the 10k I failed to finish last year, pretty funny stuff. I was wearing it as a memento to finish what I started last year! And it happened! :)
Doing a 10k was more instense than a 5k, I could tell from the caliber of runners. I looked around and could tell that all the people doing a 10k had definately trained for the event. Unlike going to a 5k where some of the runners are hungover the night before, there was a higher level of expectation at this event. It was such a thrill to finish my first 10k!
I also have made friends with a fun couple who does marathons in the neighborhood. The girl does Ultra-marathons (100 mile marathons). It was very exciting because they came to cheer me on! I'll be posting 10k footage hopefully coming up this next weekend.
My Disneyland half marathon is just around the corner now! It's about six or seven weeks away! My current distance is about 8 miles, and I think that for every break through run I do over the next couple weeks, I will post a video clip too. That means that within the next 7 weeks, I need to achieve FIVE more record distance runs to succeed at my half marathon on Labor Day weekend!
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Posted by Amy B. at 1:44 PM