In the past few weeks, I experienced two major events in my health and fitness journey. I finished my first 5K, and I reached my goal weight. I crossed a finish line of sorts, for both. At the same time, I feel like both were more of a beginning than an end.
As many of you know, I was not a runner until recently. It was something I thought I never could do…never wanted to do, and yet on March 16, 2013, I ran my first 5K. I not only ran most of it, but I achieved a personal best time. I know in my heart that this was only the beginning of my journey as a runner. Where it will take me, I’m not sure, but I know there are many training runs and many more races in my future.
Today was the final “official” weigh-in of my weight loss journey. I not only met, but exceeded my goal. In total, I have lost 116.6 pounds in 14 months. When I started, deep down, I’m not sure I thought I would finish. It has only been in the last few months that I realized, “Hey! I’m going to finish this thing!” The truth is, I will never be “finished.” I did reach my goal, and closed that particular chapter in my journey…but this is only the beginning of a new chapter. Now I move into a new phase of my life. I enter maintenance mode, where I will learn how to tweak my eating and exercise. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited. I certainly know how to lose weight. I’ve done it more times than I can count. Keeping it off will be a whole new challenge for me…one that I am really excited to take on.
As for this blog, I have a lot of ideas for this new chapter. I look forward to sharing what I learn each step of the way. I am beyond grateful to God for the change in my heart and mind that brought me here, and to all of you for your prayers, support, and encouragement. I am excited to experience all the new adventures God has in store for me, and take all of you along. If you have any questions, suggestions for future posts, or if you just need some support, you know where to find me! Off to the starting line…ready, set, go!