Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's On!

With the race route that I scouted out yesterday still in the back of my mind, I searched some more online and found that the Running Room has a great website that lists a wide variety of races for many different cities. I investigated a little further and was able to identify two local 5K’s taking place near me this weekend, which means that my husband would be able to come and cheer me on. I couldn’t be happier, especially considering that both sign-up fees support the needs of children.

I am awaiting a map from one of the race contacts so that I can make my final decision so, even though I haven’t yet solidified which one I will be participating in, I am now officially committing to my very first 5K walk. We talked about it, and my wonderfully supportive husband will be sitting this time out specifically so that he can be waiting to take my picture as I cross my inaugural finish line. I am so excited!

As I wrote that last sentence I realized that my moods have really seemed all over the place in this online journal. I actually consider myself a relatively stable and even-keel type of person, so my only justification for this is that I am undergoing some pretty major changes with this new lifestyle of mine. Attempting to alter decades of habits is hard, and the occasional resulting turmoil obviously comes through in my writing. I truly am doing the best that I can to make this blog an honest reflection of what this journey has been like for me, and in doing so I hope to create an archive of thoughtful - and sometimes insightful - moments I can use to guide me through the more difficult parts of this undertaking. Happy, sad, or indifferent... each time my fingers hit the keyboard, I am offering up the best me that I can.


  1. I think this is fantastic and I know you will love it! Well done you!

    And I hadn't noticed before, but I see you have lost 45lbs in total - that is fantastic and I know how much better you must be feeling.

    It is a big change this whole new healthy eating/exercise thing, no wonder our emotions go a bit all over the place sometimes. It is all good though, even if it doesn't always feel like it!

  2. I am sooo excited for you!!
    I can't wait to see the pics and read your thoughts on the race!

  3. Congratulations! I think it's so wonderful that you're doing this. Good luck with the race: you'll do great!

  4. Yay for keeps you food sober! I can't wait to hear about the race. You're braver than me!!


    I am so HAPPY for you!!! YOU WILL BE GREAT AND FEEL FANTASTIC!! GO! GO! GO!! I'll be cheering you on as well!! Good for you..

    Check out my other blog ( of our fellow bloggers is a former running coach and she authored quite a few posts on this blog sharing awesome running tips etc whilst I was training for my first 5K!! I say "first" because I plan to do another one!!!!!

    Good luck!! I'm with ya!! :)

  6. Good Luck!!! I plan to do this next year.

  7. Good for you, it is hard going through huge changes. I think if you look at other's experiences, you will find similar patterns. I prided myself on being even keeled as well. When I stopped eating my feelings, boy did I have some! lol. I think it's just further proof of your progress. Good luck on your training for your 5k. Rooting for you in Colorado.

  8. Oh I am so proud of you, not just because of the 5K, but because you are handling all these changes, the weight, the emotional, the mental changes. You write about all of these with such honesty. Now you are walking your first 5K and planning more!!! You are FaBuLoUS and you are a hero to many of us.

    All Power to You.


  9. Thanks for the support! I am nervous about the walk, I have to say! I know I am just planning on walking it, but it's all official and everything... sheesh! LOL!

  10. I really think you will enjoy it. You may be surprised at how much you like it and want to do more, and more!

  11. I'm so glad you found a race your husband can do as well!!! I can't wait to hear all about it.
    Your blog is wonderful - I LOVE your honesty and emotions.

  12. Awesome! Good luck with the race. I just did my first 5k walk/race a few weeks back. I found with the energy of everyone, I could of walked another 5k.

    Can't wait to read all about it.
    High five!