It is hard to believe that today marks three years of my fitness/health journey. Three years ago I stepped off a flight from Santiago, Chile, and ventured right into the unknown. I took a leap of faith on myself, with the help of a stranger on Instagram, and hoped for the best.  What has happened over the past three years is nothing short of incredible. A true testament to the work God is doing in and through my life.

I have days where is it hard to remember my life before I made the change. But I also have those days where I feel like I never changed at all. I have learned so much about who I am, what I love to do, and the things I am capable of doing. Numerically I have lost 75 pounds, run over 30 races, logged about 800 miles this year alone. I have run races I never thought I would be able to do, met people who have changed my life, and started to share my journey.

I learned about the things the do not tell you about extreme weight loss, like lose skin, mental changes, self discovery, identity crises, and finding a new normal. I have learned about balance, true friendship, and the meaning behind community. I have had a “near death” experience, pierced my noise, overcome an eating disorder, and even gotten a tattoo to represent everything this journey has taught me.

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And I keep coming back to the same spot every time I think about my journey. I think about how grateful I am to have had an opportunity to change my life. I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I just knew that I was fed up with the way I was living and feeling. And it forced me to reach out to someone I did not know for help. I did not know if I would be able to commit fully or make it through more than a few months, but I knew I needed to try. I took in all the things I was taught and worked through them. I made the mental changes needed and really put myself first in every circumstance.

I think back to the frightened young women and I am so thankful for what she did. And I remember the amount of bravery it took to have the courage and faith to make the change, even if it wouldn’t work. This journey is easy in explanation but so challenging in reality. And I am forever grateful to 26 year old me for choosing to change, regardless of what anyone had to say.

My life is drastically different today. All because I took a leap of faith. Trust the process of the journey you are on. Know that you will make mistakes. You will fall of the wagon. But if you get back up and keep moving forward, you will find power within yourself and your choices. You can do anything you set your mind to. You just have to believe in yourself and take that first step into the unknown.

Until next time
-Be Fearless, Go Boldly

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