Whether it be coffee or a Redbull to jump start your morning...
OR friends and family who care enough for you to encourage you to follow your goals...
OR complete strangers who unintentionally inspired you by deciding to live a healthier lifestyle and document their success in the process.
I can remember being a teenager, probably 14-15 years old and noticing that with my womanly body changes, I could no longer eat what I wanted and not participate in gym class and not see the negative effects on my body. My mid section has never showed that I have any muscles, my thighs used to be very strong and shapely from my earlier days of dance class, but now they just jiggle and have no definition. I am sore almost daily and I used to think that this was normal. Getting older involves more pains in places you didn't know could hurt and stiff and sore more often than not. Well allowing myself the time to research and speak with some online friends and some "real life" friends, I've learned that this is not the case. This is not "the normal" This is just a result of not taking care of myself! There are people in their 60's who don't wake up with as much pain as I do on a daily basis. Something has to give!
Well ladies and gents, today is a new day and it's time for ME to turn over a new leaf! Shortly after my 27th birthday, I got my 3rd tattoo. It's on my foot, it's a picture of 3 butterflies and it has one of my favorite quotes (and songs) ever. It's a quote from the Broadway musical RENT. A quote that was to be my daily reminder to live everyday like it's my last, to not procrastinate on my self and life goals because tomorrow is never promised.
"No Day But Today"
And let me tell you I didn't get to this point by myself. I had help. There have been a few inspirations lately that have given me the will power to finally do it. I guess I'll start with thanking NIKE - "Just Do It". Haha! Ok but jokes aside I have learned a few good lessons in the last few weeks. I plan to gather all the information and inspiration I have come across and use it to my advantage.
My daughter, Annaliese. She is always my first and foremost inspiration. I want to do everything for her and better myself for her. I, of course, want to accomplish my goals for myself as well, but she is my world and I'd do anything for her.
Here are some of my other recent inspirations:
Earlier this month while I was lost in the blogging abyss, I came across a catchy blog name of Tatter Scoops. Maureen wrote a post titled 5 Reasons Why Being Fit Rocks. She truthfully and jokingly stated how she no longer struggles to "hover" over public toilet seats anymore and how she is able to have a playful exercise with her son. Seeing this post, I left her a sincere comment of how I admire her dedication. Soon after reading my comment, she wrote another post with inspiration from ME titled My Five Fitness Motivations. She is a single mom who works from home and wants to do everything in her power to be physically and mentally stronger for herself and her son. She meets with a group of friends and attends a gym and has been doing Chalean Fitness routine. She has also been sugar free since October (I couldn't do it, I love my sweets!) and has completed a carbohydrates free for 3 months! Nothing is going to keep this girl down! How can you not admire someone like Maureen? Keep up the good work girl! You look great! Check out her current stats in her most recent post here.
My friend from high school Kyra, who in the last few months started writing at Nine Months, tells her story of always struggling with her weight. She lost a good bit of weight in her early-mid 20's and since having her little bundle of joy in Sept 2011, Royce, she was the highest she had ever been in weight and has been determined to get the weight off again. She has been measuring herself every week. She started out with the Couch 2 5k walking/running 1-2 times a day, eating healthy, and doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I am inspired by her dedication being a work at home mom and still finding time for her job, family and work out time. Keep going, Kyra! You've done it before and you can do it again!
My sister-in-law Jenn, who is a beginner blogger, writes at Jenn I Am and is also a runner. She has been in the Army reserves for over 10 years and has pretty much been in shape since deciding on her military career path. In the last few years she has taken up running as a hobby and loves it. She has done 5ks for charities (one of which I joined her on) and hopes to someday do a half marathon and maybe even a marathon. I believe she can do it because she is determined enough! She lives at home with her husband (Justin's brother) and their 4 dogs and a cat. Life is busy between their daily Monday - Friday jobs, her Army life, chores, and attending to 4 dogs, but she still finds time to keep up with her hobbies and do the things she enjoys such as running, crafts and cooking. I really admire this about her because there are things that I love to do and don't because I have made excuses that I don't have time, or I don't have energy.
Allie, who writes at A Couple. A Dog. A Baby. Their Blog. is a photographer and is able to be a work at home mom who loves to blog about her darling little boy and her husband. Allie's husband has recently wanted to get on the train to lose weight and Allie, being the supportive wife that she is, has decided to join him. They are both making healthier decisions in the kitchen and Allie has even provided a yummy recipe for us to try! She is also doing the 30 Day Shred and posts pictures of her more defined muscles on Instagram. I am really amazed at how well this woman looks after having a baby. There is no reason I can't push myself to do the same!
Jen, who writes at Runner Mom, is a mom to 4 kids and has a deep passion for running and photography. She writes blog posts of how relaxed she is during a run and how inspired she is after a run. A recent post titled A Thought For Every Mile expresses this. She writes of how she ran a 10 mile run on a day that she didn't even really feel like running...but did it anyway. Now that is dedication! I want to be that way. I want to push myself to do the things I love and do the things I want to do because I know the great feeling of reward will be there after it's all said and done. Very inspiring, Jen!
Lastly another fellow blogger, Ado who writes at The Moma Log, told us of her amazing 7 year old daughter, Ella. On the way home one day, Ella decided in the moment that she wanted to run the rest of the way home...and she did. Please watch this short inspirational video (with a great song choice) of Ella, being young, free and finding her love for running.
I want to take a piece of all of these ladies and their stories with me on the road when I run, when I cook healthier, eat healthier and write more. I will also think of you all when I walk across stage to get my college degree. It's not about just running, or losing weight, or writing. It's about accomplishing my goals. I have gotten to the point in my life where I don't want to start over again, I want to keep going. Maybe it's because I am months away from turning 30, but I'm not afraid of that number. I just want to do what I want to do and have wanted to do. Reading these blogs and hearing their stories is for me, like watching one of those movies that makes you want to get up and change the world. I am getting up and changing me.
Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart. It may not be much to you, but it means so much to me.
"No Day But Today"