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The Journey Transcends the Destination

I took this picture on one of my vacation runs in the hill country. I rise with the sun, take a step and run the race. The Journey is all that matters!

Originally I planned for this blog to be all about my fitness journey and how when began to lose weight, my shadow was literally shrinking, falling back into that girl I was before PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), before the depression, before the countless months of fertility meds, before the routine of unhealthy habits. However, as I began to soul search, I realized that my shadows were so much deeper than the one I saw shrinking with the weight loss. I had so many dark places in my life that were hidden even from myself.

After years of health and hormone related issues, we finally figured out I had a thyroid problem. I was put on one pill that changed my whole life. I woke up one day, decided it was time to live, and I hit the road and ran 1/2 a mile. I think I almost died that day! I hated running! I was the girl that told my junior high coach I was allergic to running. But I kept going and now, three years later, I average 20-25 miles per week.

I began to play with my diet and learn what foods my body could and couldn’t handle. I didn’t follow anyone’s specific diet or meal plan. Instead I listened to what my body was telling me.  I cut out red meat, refined carbs, and replaced two meals with Herbalife shakes. Over time, I was in the best shape of my life.

I find myself in a slump right now. I still run almost every morning, but my runs have lost their therapeutic vibe and without weight lifting, cardio is only maintaining my figure, not chiseling my target areas. I find myself eating the snacks that Charlotte eats, putting more carbs on my plate than fresh veggies, and not drinking enough water on these hot summer days in Texas.

So today, I created a workout calendar for both me and Luke, and I revisited my mileage goal for the year in order to motivate me to hit my target goals. Instead of running 500 miles this year, I plan to push myself to run 650 miles. I am currently a few miles short of 400, and with the help of Runkeeper and my Fitbit Blaze, I can keep track of my miles and pacing. Sample fitness and meal plans will be making their way on the ‘Healthy Living’ section of this blog soon.

Here is a sample of our workout schedule for the rest of August: Workout Sample Calendar

The beautiful thing about a fitness journey is that it is a journey, never a destination. Sometimes we take wrong turns, or we linger at a rest stop for way too long, but with determination, hard work, and accountability, you get right back on the road and let your journey take you to places you never thought you could go. I try not to let the shadows of the old me stop my journey; rather, I use them to fuel my tank and remind me that every corner of my picture, dark or colorful, has a purpose.

What are your fitness routines and how do you fit them into your work and home routines? How has your fitness journey been a catalyst for healing in your body, mind, and soul?

                                                                                  ∼Val

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