Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Year in the Making

1 year. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8,765 hours. 525,600 minutes. No matter what way you measure it, it will never compare to the measurement of how much my life has changed over this last year. 

A year ago today I had my first training session with my personal trainer. This was the day that set everything in motion for the last year. And I thank God every day that I got my butt in that gym, got over my fear and embarrassment and opened myself up to someone who could help me. 

It's crazy to think that the only reason that I even went to him in the first place was because I had won four free sessions. And I'm glad that I won those. They changed my life. He has helped change my life. 

Over the last year I have put in a lot of hours at the gym and a ton of hard work, sweat, tears and given up a lot of things that I loved. Cake, cookies, ya know, the good stuff! But I wouldn't trade any of it. Every part of this past year has gotten me to where I am today. And where I am today is the best place I have ever been. 

My Before and After
I love the life that I lead now. And I can't imagine living any other type of lifestyle. And to think about all of the cool things that I have done over the past year that I would have never even attempted before, well it just makes me smile. And it makes me really damn proud of myself and everything I have accomplished. 

Things I have done or accomplished over the last year include:

-Losing a total of 67 lbs
-Down to 18% body fat which is considered to be an "Athlete's" body 
-Ran my first 5k
-Ran in the Big Dog Brag and Dirty Dash mud obstacle courses
-Ran and completed my first Tough Mudder!!!!!!!!
-Became the person I always knew I could and wanted to be

It has been a hell of a year. So many people have helped and supported me along the way and I appreciate it so much. But a special thank you goes out to my Husband for supporting me through all of this and being okay with me spending our money on training. Also, my family and friends (that includes all of you!) who have shown unconditional love and support. And last, thank you to my trainer. I could have never done this without you. You freaking rock at what you do and I appreciate all the help you have given me. And I am glad that I can not only call you my trainer, but a friend. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, you can measure a year in months, weeks, days, hours and seconds. But I could never measure how much this past year has changed my life and how much it will affect the rest of my life going forward.