But I Do Have It All

I received an email from Weight Watchers the other day with the subject line “Jennifer, you can have it all in 2017!” and it rubbed me the wrong way.  Honestly, I have no idea how I ended up on their mailing list and I have needed to remove myself from it for years.  But like many of you, I am just accustomed to deleting these emails and moving on.

Let me tell you why I do not like this subject line of this email.  They are assuming that I do not have it all in my life. It appears that they are trying to tell me that in order for me to have it all in my life that I need to join their program and lose weight. I will be the first to tell you that years ago I bought into this thinking and mentality.  It is so easy to buy into the marketing of companies telling you that you do not have everything you could in you life and that one of the biggest pieces of this is that you are overweight.

I am one of those lucky ones, the ones that was able to get the help needed to realize that even though I am over weight, I have everything I could every want or need in my life and I am capable of doing so much, regardless of the size of my body.  Is it easier to do the things I love now that I have lost over 50 pounds? Yes, but it does not mean that I was not able to do the things I love before, just like I am learning that I can find new things to do and love that will eventually get easier over time.  The things that I love to do right now, like running and hiking, were things I loved to do years ago.  I was able to feel like I was flying with each run I took, regardless of the pace I went.  I was able to experience the great reward to reaching a mountain top and taking in the view, even if it meant being the last one to reach the top and slowing down those who were with me.

I am learning with each new day that I am capable of more and continue to have it all.  Last weekend I hiked Lake 22, just north of Granite Falls, WA, in the snow and ice. I ran up half the mountain because I realized I could, and that meant having it all in that moment.  On Wednesday I worked out with November Project Seattle and engaged in conversation with people I have never met before all while running over 3 miles, and in that moment, it meant having it all.

Don’t believe the marketing that is trying to tailor itself to make you think you are not worthy or capable until you lose weight or make a major change in your life.  You are worthy. You are able.  You do have it all! You just have to be willing to look around your life to realize it.

-Be fearless, go boldly.


It’s All For Fun!

15317906_1329109193787348_5928349443145603619_nTossing out the idea of doing a Christmas 5k to my roommates seemed like a bit of a stretch.  Would they want to join me? Would the promise of ugly sweaters, fun hats, and Christmas cheer be enough to convince them? Tossing this idea out to my life group seemed like an even bigger stretch, but anyone can do a 5k. Right?



It’s amazing what happens when you just toss an idea out there.  What started out as just my roommates joining turned into a group of 14 of us doing the Ugly Sweater Run.  I won’t lie, this race is my favorite out of all the races I have done this year.  I have completed 10 races since June, (I have an addiction to racing!) including my first half marathon, which was an amazing experience. I didn’t get an PR’s or PB’s on this race and I hit a few rough patches along the way. But this race tops all of the race highlights of other great races because it is one that I go to share with my favorite group of people.



Why are these people some of my favorite? Because these are the people that have stood by my side since I started my fitness journey. They are the ones who have constantly been asking me how it is going, what things they can help with, finding new ways to support me, being constant encouragement for the various challenges this journey has brought me, as well as celebrating in the joys.  These are the people who watched me train for a half marathon, who surprised me with signs and celebration at the finish line, and asked what’s next? These are also the people that I get to do life with on a consistent basis.  I see them at least once a week, checking in with how their own life journey is going, seeking ways to encourage them and pray for them.  We’ve got one another through thick, thin, and silly 5k races.


49593160_race_0-951139763494703-displayI would highly encourage doing a fun run with a group of friends. Any one can do a 5k! It can be a contest to see who has the best outfit, a battle of runners and walkers, and a way to cheer one another along when you run past each other on the course.  Running should be fun, so why not share that with those who you like to have fun with?



I mean, look at these photos and try to tell me we did not have fun! We were filled with excitement, energy, and Christmas cheer. So, go out, grab your friends, and signup for a FUN race. You will not regret this choice!