Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What a difference hope makes.

Hello friends. I realized I hadn't blogged in a long time, so I was reviewing my last post, from just about 2 months ago. I am amazed.

Amazed at what just a few small choices and life changes can do. Not a whole bunch has changed about our finances or homeschooling or anything. BUT...I have changed! Seriously changed.

The only thing I can blame it on is the love of a newer but dear friend. She loved something enough, called Crossfit, and cared for me enough, even in our blossoming friendship, to share Crossfit with me. Over and over and over. :) Finally, in December, I agreed to try a free Girls Day there, positive I would die.

Well, I didn't die, but I did feel like it the next day. SO. SORE. The funny thing is, though...I went back. I didn't really think about it, or lament, or research. I just liked my friend so much, and liked the atmosphere and torture so much, I went back. Slowly at first, until just this past few weeks, where I really committed and have been hitting it harder. Along with going to Crossfit, I've changed the way I eat so that it is almost totally Paleo. (I am short on time today, if you aren't familiar with Crossfit or Paleo nutrition, Google it! There's tons of info out there!)

What a fantastic gift this friend of mine gave me! I have never felt better! I love my muscles that are forming, I love hurting, I love sweating and stinking, I love being scared to go because I can't yet do what is being asked of me but I try anyway...I love that I've lost about 12lbs since January, just changing how I eat and how much I eat and adding in the awesome exercise. I love my body now, imperfections and all, because I'm loving ON my body. I love feeling healthy. I love the support and encouragement I'm getting from new and old friends. I love feeling beautiful and like I can take on the world. I love inspiring other people to make positive changes in their lives, and to choose to be healthy and move.

I can't wait to see where I will be in another 2 months. Or 6 months. A year. Will I be recognizable, both outside and inside? :)

And for sure...there's still wounds I have, stresses that I wish I could ignore...but I am seeing a great counselor, I have lovely friends, and I'm working through my crap, yo. In the meantime, I'm enjoying everyday and focusing on my word for the year...THRIVE. I don't want to just survive, I want to THRIVE. And I'm HOPEFUL that I will. :)

Oh....and thanks Colleen, for loving me enough to share your passion. You have made a huge difference in my life and I love you lots!!!