Overall, a marvelous MARVELOUS weekend!
Marvelous was celebrating a good friend’s 29th birthday in style:
Marvelous was Saturday morning pumpkin spice almond milk lattes with the hubby:
Truly MARVELOUS was going shopping for jeans and fitting into a size 6 for the first time in my life!!
3 different pairs of pants, 2 different brands. This is for real. But wait – listen up for a sec. This is not about being a certain size or comparing myself to others. It’s not about using hate for my body as motivation to whip myself into shape. Those are things I used to say, but never truly believed.
So what is it about?
It’s about YOU doing YOU. At this point in my life, I am pushing myself very hard to achieve some awesome goals: being a better runner, a stronger lifter. These goals bring some great ends in and of themselves – I feel better ALL THE TIME! I have more energy, I feel strong, and I’m more mentally focused. Even though I know I want to go much further, I already feel like I can look in the mirror and see physical strength that I finally feel reflects the inner strength I’ve always had.
Do you have any idea how refreshing it is to feel like your outer body matches your inner spirit? IT’S AMAZING, because you feel for a moment that you are being true to yourself. Not only is that the most amazing gift you can give to yourself, it’s one of the best things you can do for others.
For me, size 6 symbolizes yet another step in my journey towards becoming the strong woman that I know I am. As I slowly lean out and become a better athlete, I am also leaning out and making progress inside and becoming a better liver. [For those of you who believe, I owe this passion, this journey, and this growth completely to God. As marvelous as all this is, that’s the part that is truly marvelous.]
Marvelous was, with this spirit, hitting the pavement for my last half marathon training run on Sunday! 9 miles was on the plan, so I headed out on a 4.5 mile loop twice.
I started the morning with PB&J oats:
I know I’ve shared PB&J Oats recipes before, but I have to share this updated one, because it’s my best to date!
- ½ c. oats
- ¾ c. water
- ½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ¼ c. peanut flour
- 4 drops liquid stevia
- dash sea salt
- ½ c. berries, mashed
- 1 tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
- Prepare oats in microwave with water. Mix in almond milk, peanut flour, stevia and salt. Stir until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, take thawed frozen berries or fresh berries and mash using a masher or the bottom of a cup. Top oatmeal with berries and stir to combine. Top with peanut butter and enjoy!
On my run, I didn’t have a GPS with me and ended up only covering about 8.9 miles. Whoops. Regardless, I’m feeling more than ready for this race next weekend!
I focused on slowing down a little bit to be sure I could keep a consistent pace the entire time. I ended up running it at an 8:27 pace. In order to finish sub 2 hours, I have to keep a 9:09 average pace for the whole race, so I should be in good shape. I remember the day when I couldn’t even run 3 miles at a 10:00 pace. It was exactly one year ago.
Last, but not least, marvelous was spending Sunday night at Starbucks studying with the hubby. No coffee for me, just a deliciously rehydrating pineapple coconut water post 9 mile run:
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
Have you had any big successes lately? Are there any moments when you truly felt like your physical body matched your inner spirit? Share!