I'm not even sure why. I was SO proud that they feel united, they are part of something and they are there for one another and I guess this picture proved that. They met up, encouraged one another and took pictures! They are losing weight, gaining a new outlook on life and making positive changes that will impact their future and their families. Makes me cry just thinking about how proud I am. They were strong, finished the race and had family support at the finish line!
This picture is proof that by me sharing my passion is helping to pass that passion onto others! Words cannot begin to express how happy that makes me.
From day 1 of my journey I told myself to remember each step, the feeling, the helplessness, the sweat and tears...all of it and use it to help others that share these similar emotions when it comes to their health. It's what I'm living now...through these women!
One of my Momma's, Cristy (far left) posted her race photo a while later and she was smiling SO big! It made me cry. She, like myself was never a "runner", didn't really enjoy it and all of a sudden she's found herself enjoying it. Isn't that what life is all about. Sharing our dreams and passions with others to hopefully help change the lives of others as we have done to our own lives? YES. I wouldn't trade my former ways for anything in this world right now. Although they caused hurt and many years of feeling helpless, I am able to use that to relate to others that may be struggling in similar ways and THAT is what keeps me going.
My change since January 2012 when I thought my journey was over. Oh how I had it all wrong. It is today that I know my journey will NEVER end. When it "ends", I have let go of my hopes, goals and health. I must hold onto it, keep reaching and exceeding all things possible! While having the background and degrees in health and exercise physiology that DID NOT prepare me for a life of healthy living, unfortunately. It must be about SO much more than facts. It must be about getting back up when life knocks you down. About finding the strength to keep going when you have a major setback. It's about knowing we are capable of FAR more than we give ourselves credit. It's about taking that emotion that I used on food and putting it into my runs, workouts, and Move It Mommas! Food used to act as a companion for me, even though I had the love of my life, a beautiful family and friends I still allowed that food to control me. It was there for me when others couldn't relate or understand. And it's not that they didn't try to help when I needed it, it was more that food couldn't judge me or let me down. It was ALWAYS THERE, no matter what. Those little debbies, pizza, fast food and pasta-it was there through my tough times with my father, the divorce of my parents, when friends let me down, when family would discourage me, when my 8th grade dance dress was too tight, or when people would say, "Wow you have such a beautiful FACE"...food was there. And this progress picture is proof that my journey CANNOT end. If it ends, I've given up and I don't want to ever give up and you should never give up either! We are all worth more than that. It's all worth more than giving up!
It was FILLED with workout attire, hoodies, a watch, tennis shoes and socks! The people I love most know what I LOVE! And I'm fixing to take off and run in one of my new, workout outfits! Look at me...instead of an old t-shirt and pants I have an outfit that matches! LOL! It's the little things in life, right?!