Friday, April 10, 2015

Sometimes it's about perspective...

So countdown til *the* birthday...2 days (my birthday is Sunday...).  I'm sitting right around 145....and those last 5 lbs aren't going anywhere by Sunday.

Am I slightly disappointed that I didn't hit my goal of 140 by my 30th birthday? Yes.

But, here's what I've been thinking about this week as I approached the big day and realized that perhaps I might fall slightly short on my goal.

It's all about perspective.  Did I hit my goal completely?  No.  But here are some things that I've managed to accomplish in the year and a half since I started my journey.

I've lost 48 pounds.

I've run in at least 8 races and finished all of them (even my 4 mile hill course and the 10k).  I've even improved my times each time I go out.

I've registered for my first half marathon which will take place next weekend (eek!)...and feel absolutely certain that I will finish in the allotted time.

I've made serious changes to my diet and feel better every day.  I'm less tired, I'm less stuffy and allergy-ridden, I'm more mindful of what I put in my body.

I've also enjoyed this week and did not restrict myself.  We traveled for a short vacation to visit some of my husband's family.  My birthday is Sunday and we are going to one of my favorite restaurants and I will eat ALL of the things.  It's ok to give yourself permission to not care for a few minutes.  It's ok to enjoy a vacation.  It's ok to celebrate your birthday with abandon.  It's definitely ok.  :)

And all that said I'm SO happy about how far this journey has taken me that I can hardly be upset about that last 5 measly pounds.  I'm going to keep pushing and I WILL hit my goal.  It might just take me an extra week or two.  And you know what?  That's ok - because goal was to be healthier by my 30th birthday...and I've most definitely made changes, and am healthier and happier than I was when I turned 29...and that's worth all the changes in the world. shouldn't beat yourself up over what you haven't done...but instead celebrate what you HAVE done, and plan for what you WILL do!  You got this!


  1. I am so proud of you Lauren! You continue to be an inspiration to me. You make me never want to give up because I can see your example that it can be done. You look amazing! And nobody knows about those last 5 pounds but you....and us. LOL So when people look at you they see a beautiful, healthy, fit woman. Congratulations on this awesome achievement, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! XOXOXOX

  2. Lauren you have much to celebrate as you reach this milestone birthday. You may not have reached some number goal but along the way you achieved much more. You challenged yourself to endure and stretch your body to perform healthy goals. Bravo.
    This year has been very stressful for me and so the only goal I managed to achieve was to put one foot in front of the other. But you inspire me and I will heed your advise, not beat myself up but strive to do better in the future.