The last couple of weeks have been awesome in a lot of ways, but super rough for my IM journey. Two weeks ago I had the honor to speak at the Multi-Service Eating Disorder National Conference and thanks to the hard work of the amazing Lisa Du Breuil (who helped connect me to the conference) and then helped connect me to the fabulous Mimi and the kickass Rachel Estapa from More to Love Yoga, I got to also give a brunch talk and a combination dance/yoga workshop.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the bikes in the gyms fitness center didn’t work for me, I was told that it wasn’t safe to walk/run on the trails after dark (which is when I was going to be on them,) I had the worst bout of insomnia in recent memory, and I missed a ton of workouts. (And I missed a bunch of blogs. Thanks to those of you would contacted me to make sure I was ok. Extra love to anyone who e-mailed hoping that I had quit. Extra extra love for those who e-mailed saying you hope I died, since you are obviously in dire need of extra love.)
Then I missed more workouts because I got sick when I got home which is how, on May 20th, with six months left to my IRONMAN, I found myself at my lowest point thus far on my journey.
Doing the talk made me realize how much I missed traveling and speaking. Missing a bunch of workouts reminded me how much I like not doing them, and it made me worry about my progress since I’m still not going far enough or fast enough and now I missed a bunch of workout.
Julianne has been the most amazing and supportive partner through this journey and she was extra amazing and supportive during this part of the journey. She reminded me that I can quit if I want to, and that I can also keep going.
Of course that’s what I’m going to do. I regrouped and did my long walk/run last night, I have six months to work hard and hopefully finish out this journey on November 20th with a shiny medal and a personal triumph not just physically, but mentally as well.
Selfie Sunday is a little different this week since I missed a ton of workouts and forgot to take selfies of some of the workouts that I did do. So here is a random collection of selfies in no particular order, enjoy!
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IRONMAN Sale: I’m having an ongoing sale on my books, DVDs and downloads to help pay for my IM – you get books and dance classes, I get spandex clothes and bike parts. Everybody wins! To check it out, you can go to https://ironfatblog.wordpress.com/support-my-ironman/ No money? No problem! If you feel like it, you can leave a comment or send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying something encouraging, that’s incredibly helpful as well!
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