How I Spent My Summer

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May 17 to August 17. It’s now been 3 months since I started this plan to become healthy again. I tend to focus on goals ahead and how much work I still have to do, but today I need to look back at how far I’ve come already. None of this has been easy and it will continue to be hard. But worth it? Yep, it is.

173 miles! Wow, I could almost be to Tallahassee by now! 🙂 But seriously, considering when I started this whole thing just walking a mile or 2 was a challenge I am very happy to be where I am. I’m averaging about 20 miles per week of walking/running and that’s just going to continue to increase as we get closer to half marathon time. The best part is that it’s been a great stress reliever for me. My husband even notices the days I miss because I’m usually just more stressed and run-down. Thankfully he’s diplomatic about it and just offers to watch Gavin if I want to go for a quick run.

The next picture is pretty tough for me to post here but I’m trying to be transparent. I just remind myself it’s the culmination of a pregnancy riddled with bedrest and a mom that spent an entire year putting her family before herself. The first pic was taken May 17 on Day 1 and the second pic was taken today, August 17. Per my Weight Watchers meetings, I’m down 27.2 lbs.  I’m thrilled about the 27lbs but I’m even happier that with that weight loss comes improved blood pressure, better cardiac function and a host of other benefits. I would love to lose another 20 and get to where I was in college. We’ll see. Everything’s possible now.

So, what’s next? Well, the weekend runs are going to keep getting longer and November 10 is creeping closer and closer. I’m starting to do some strength training with my legs to help build up muscle and prevent injury. I’m also looking into starting Insanity as a cross training method on my rest days. And we’re now 10 days away from my beautiful little miracle baby turning 2 years old. Bittersweet and beautiful. I’ll never stop thanking God for sparing both of our lives.

Here’s to forward progress, not looking back (at least at the bad times), and knowing that I’m blessed with the ability to make positive changes for myself and my family! Can’t wait to do another recap in 3 months and see what happens!

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4 responses »

  1. Way to go Laura! Awesome job! I love your transparency and your willingness to share your authentic struggles. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao-tzu. You are an inspiration! Stay the course…you are looking good!

  2. You look freaking AMAZING!!!! And may I say I admire you for posting those pictures…I can safely say that I don’t have that kind of courage. I can’t wait to see you and hang out!!

  3. Laura!!! Holy frack you look FANTASTIC!!! I remember when you posted they first picture and wow, your hard work and determination has paid off so well! I’m so proud of you!!

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