It took me a little while to open up this magazine and relive this tragedy. I wasn’t physically present, but I was emotionally and spiritually present. Running has made me feel like I actually belong somewhere. It gave me confidence. And what I had to endure to get where I am today has made me very strong. I may be fighting an injury, but I will always be a runner. This issue will be tucked away in a safe place.
I tried these new flavors after spotting them in Target several weeks ago. I’m certain that I embarrassed my mother with my overly excited facial expression. The Carrot Cake flavor is spot on, and the Sierra Trail Mix isn’t my new favorite, but it’s tasty nonetheless!
I finally ordered prints of the pictures from when I had my guest appearance on the Today Show. I bought the above picture frame when I was in NYC at the NBC store. I can’t believe that this happened over 6 months ago already!
Since hitting another setback in my recovery, I’ve been focusing on the things I can do, like lifting weights. I’m finally noticing progress! I started with 8 lb dumbbells, and now I’m up to 12-15 lbs! I’m finding it very difficult in getting rid of my bingo wings. Unfortunately, there are some things that you truly can’t fix without surgery after losing a lot of weight. PS: You can see my running medals and my tragic caricature from NYC in the background of the left picture. I told the artist to draw me as runner. He drew me skipping along the sidewalk with a purse. Close enough.
Women’s Running Magazine recently released my magazine article on their website. I saw it on a day that I was feeling down, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise. :)
I finally got my big girl license! I absolutely couldn’t wait for this day! I no longer have to look at that bright red line ‘UNDER 21 UNTIL 07/25/2009,’ and my picture actually looks like me again. Double win!
Last year when I went to Wildwood, NJ with Sean, they came thisclose to refusing to serve me the margarita that I had ordered. The bartender wasn’t convinced that it was me, and it also doesn’t help that I look like I’m 16 years old. I pleaded and offered to show her my Facebook and a couple of my before pictures. She finally believed me after a few embarrassing back and forth moments that we shared.
Last but certainly not least, Sean’s (#44) adult league hockey team (Ice Holez) made the playoffs. Last weekend, I played it off like I wasn’t going to be able to make it to his game, and then I surprised him by showing up to cheer him on. He was super duper happy, and that made me ecstatic! I love seeing this boy smile. :)
All in all, life hasn’t been too eventful. I’m still in the painstaking process of getting everything squared away for my return to school for Early Childhood Education. There’s just so much to do, and so little time! I’m excited to get the ball rolling though. It’s never ever too late to put a dream into action.9 notes
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