I took this photo over 9 years ago. I was fairly newly married, it was my birthday, and my husband and I had just gone for a run that morning. I feel like looking back, I didn’t have a care in the world. It kinda looks like it too. This was also after I had run my first marathon, so I was in pretty good health.
If I could go back and say something to this young woman, among the many things I’d say, I’d include 2 things:
1. Your life is about to get really chaotic, but the good news is, it’s because you’re gonna be a mom! (I got pregnant around a month after this!)
2. When you get advice later on about taking care of yourself, treat that advice like GOLD.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the every day of responsibilities. And they mount as you and your family get older, don’t they? As I got older I seemed to gain a better understanding of “letting yourself go”. I wouldn’t say I went there entirely, but I did get complacent after we had our daughter and it affected my overall health immensely.
I found my body and my energy just wasn’t bouncing back the way it did after our boys. When I got the ok from my doctor at that 6-week post-partem appointment, I was training every chance I got. But this time, after my daughter, my younger son started marveling at how “soft and squishy” my tummy was and it started becoming one of my excuses for not working hard to get fit. He liked it, why get rid of it?
I did have good intentions though. I got a run in here and there, trained for and ran a race or two, but there were times the exhaustion was just overwhelming. Excuses are so easy to make.
Fast forward to today and I’m feeling so much better. Who would figure being more active would also mean feeling more energy? More on the counterintuitivity (it’s a word because I said so) in a future post! Yes, I’m a bit looser, gravity hasn’t met me yet, I can’t get as high, but I’m not trying to be myself 9-years ago. I’m working to be better as myself now. I’m being kind to myself. And if I end up looking like myself in that first picture, BONUS!