Monday, July 5, 2010

Chasing Skinny

What a WONDERFUL morning I've had!!! Last night we had the privilege of watching the Park City fireworks with Liana's family. The reason it was such a privilege was one, being with Liana's family is always great! And two, Liana's dad is a cop and so we get to sit about 100 yards away from where they shoot them up. It is SPECTACULAR to say the least! You have to tip your head all the way back to see them! And can we say LOUD!! Whew!! Then we came up to Heber to sleep and today, we are going wave running!! Woot woot!! 

Yesterday I told Mike I wanted to go for a run this morning, and he decided to join me. It was SUCH a beautiful run in the mountain clean air! It was glorious!!! For the first mile and 1/4 I walked/jogged. It's a little harder up here because of the altitude, but I felt pretty good. We turned around and I started jogging, and GUESS WHAT???? I jogged the ENTIRE way back!!! Yup that's right!! I jogged a full mile and a quarter!!!!!!! This is my ultimate best run EVER!!!! Can you tell how ecstatic I am? 

What was so cool was that as we were going home, the sun was behind us so my shadow was out in front of me. And I kept staring at it, because it was skinny! Really! And I kept thinking, "Is that really me"? So the whole way back, I chased my skinny self! :D

At about the 1/2 way mark I was by myself, Mike has been walking and I was out in front of him. I thought... hmmmm... I think I could jog the whole way back. And started giving myself the pep talk. It was really awesome to push myself. I almost always have someone with me and they encourage and push me - for which I am very grateful. But it was very empowering to be the one pushing myself and empowering myself! And I did! As I got to the last home stretch, I sped up, for myself. And the last 50 feet, I sprinted, for myself! 

I know this may all sound very selfish, "for myself" business. But the truth is, it's been a really long time since I've done something so good for myself. I'm selfish all the time, I say hurtful things to people on occasion, I can be manipulative at times, etc etc. But this... this was a gift to myself. And one that was long overdue. For years I've lived my life on the safe side. Inside, doing nothing, and not really having anything in return. I'm finally putting myself out there, putting myself on the line, and living life! And you know what, life is pretty dang great!!!!
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21 comments:

Kimberly said...

Another inspiring post... way to go!

Sarah said...

I love it - congrats you!

karen said...

I LOVE that your doing things for yourself!!! It's something that I think tooooo many of us have difficulty with. You go, girl!

Continuous Changes said...

Hi sam, my name is tiffani and i am also a utah blogger :) running in the mountains is tough. you are soo awesome for telling yourself that you could run the whole way back and doing it! you would be surprised with how mental running is. my training runs before my half marathon were hard. i ran 8 without stopping, but at 10 and 12 i was walking every few minutes. on race day, i thought about my journey and how i have conquered fears, hopes and now i was going tp acheive one of my dreams. i ran that half in 2 hours and 16 mins. my wishful thinking goal was to do it in under 2hrs and 20. my determination pushed me to do it 4 minutes faster than that. you can do anything! keep up your hardwork.

p.s. thanks for posting about the halloween half in provo. i saw it and knew it was going to be my second half :)

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Wow... I LOVE it! Great job! I totally can feel your excitement and I'm so happy for you. Good for you!
~Margene

Joy said...

Sam, you make me want to cry!! I'm so proud of you!! I know, from my recent 5(k) how amazing it is when you push through and do it for yourself! I love the chasing your skinny self experience. You're amazing!! Have fun today!! Hugs!

A Journey to a new me... said...

Wonderful post and wonderful inspiration! I'm so thankful for you blogger friends; It'll be easier for me to stay on track!

Congratulations to your jog. You deserve it. And I love that you are calling it a gift to yourself not calling it being selfish! If you don't take care of you who will?

ladyofthehouse said...

WOW - Great job!!
So inspiring! It's great that you are doing this for yourself. It's not selfish, it's just taking good care of yourself.
Have a great week!!!
diane :)

Holly said...

Great job Sam! You are so strong and it's times like this that you can actually see the strength you have.

I have come to the conclusion that weight loss is a temporarily selfish act. I am being selfish, committing more time to myself, saying no to others because I am busy with doing something for my weight loss or not wanting to go out to eat or whatever all so that when I get to my goal and am able to maintain, I will be able to be a better steward of my time, money, and talents because I will be fit and healthy. The temporary selfishness will be worth it in the end and I know God believes that too!

Jen said...

woo hoo!! I think you are doing wonderful and you look terrific in the pictures in your previous posts!! Yay for you Sam you deserve to do something great for yourself! Keep going.....I am here cheering you on. :-)

Lesia said...

Incredible run! Way to show him! I totally get the whole LOUD fireworks. We were sitting right next to the ones at the Stadium of Fire and the finale made my ears bleed. I couldn't hear even the next day. OUCH!

I love wave runners I can't wait til our neighbor thinks the water is warm enough for us to go out on them. I hope you have a blast!
thanks for your sweetness on my blog too.smile.

:Deliciously Healthy said...

I LOVE Park City! Glad you had a great 4th!

High five on your run! I love how you were "chasing your skinny self"!! Hilarious! Way to go! :D

Vaia said...

Woohoo!! Lady how fantastic!!!

Dan & Nicole Saldivar said...

Sam, you truly inspire me! I have been struggling the last couple of months with the food side of things. I can run and go to aerobics but when it comes to eating I just don't seem to care but your blog truly inspires me to be better and to take time for me! Thank you! I don't think you realize what an inspiration you are to so many people!!

Happy Fun Pants said...

Way to go!! That is FANTASTIC that you did it for yourself!!! :)

Pride looks good on you, just so you know. :)

Congrats again...

Psyfygirl said...

YAY!!!

carla said...

this made me SMILE.

and cheer your BADSKINNYSHADOWYSELF on.

MizFit

Lindsay said...

Love it! Your doing great :)

julielopez3 said...

Great Job Sam, you are awesome!

Chibi said...

Congrats on running the whole way - that's awesome! :)

Tara Kieninger said...

Yay for you! Just found your blog...always nice to see a fellow runner (though I'm a newbie) who is trying to lose weight. You can check out my journey at: http://soskinnyontheinside.blogspot.com