I can hardly believe that I am even writing this post.
Honestly, I think I’m in shock! Just a bit. I mean, haven’t we all fantasized about what this moment would feel like? I’ve spent countless hours browsing the internet for inspiring before/after pictures and I always thought to myself that I simply couldn’t wait to be able to do something like that!
And now here I am.
A little history on the pictures, if you like. When I first started running, I could’t run a full mile without stopping. More like 1/8th of a mile. My town of Poulsbo, WA has a great community event every year called Viking Fest, and there is a road race with 1 and 5 mile options. In 2012 I decided to go ahead and sign up for my very first ever race and do the 1 mile distance. In the picture on the right, I am about 223 pounds (down from 245). Since then, I’ve ran in multiple other races, including 2 half marathons (13.1 miles). So one year later, I was very excited to register for the Viking Fest Road Race once again, this time for the 5 miler. It was like a celebration of sorts for me, being able to look back at how far I’ve come and looking ahead to the future. This last Saturday I ran the race, finishing it in about 54 minutes. My goal was under 55, so I am very happy! I snapped the picture on the left after the race, at 194.5 pounds. A whole 50 pounds lighter than when I started this journey!
When I see this picture, it makes me feel so incredibly proud of myself. I’m simply in awe of the changes I see! It’s like I’m looking at someone else’s progress pictures, trying to imagine what it would be like to have achieved that. And then I shake my head to clear the thought, because it’s actually ME! Even though I KNOW I’ve been losing weight, and I fit in smaller clothes, and my measurements have gone down, seeing it like this brings it home in a way that is just indescribable.
So now I look ahead to the next 50 pounds. How will my pic from next year’s Viking Fest compare? All I can say is that I. CAN’T. WAIT.