So that was a couple of weeks ago. I took a day at the beginning of last week to recover from it all and then I set to having summer with my children. I found myself actively engaging in their lives and being present in the moments. In summers past we would have an outing once a week and that would generally be my limit for all the effort it took or because I just didn't want to be in public. I don't know if it is that they are older or if it is the change in me, or if it was just a fluke week.... But we literally went somewhere every single day and it was my idea. We had a grand time visiting the park, the library, a warehouse sale, going out to lunch, spending the afternoon at the waterpark, going to the farmer's market, shopping and more. Every night was one of those nights where I felt 'done' but in a glorious way. I had decided I was going to really give my efforts an extra push in my workouts and my eating. I did it and it felt good to stick to that. I'm sure eating all that healthy food helped my energy and moods also. Still, I felt like I was different.
I do need to report something big. Remember when I said I would make it up that hill on my bike by the end of the summer? I did it! On Saturday. DH had said a few weeks earlier "I don't see why you can't get up it now. I bet you could if you really tried." It was enough to get me thinking. I didn't make it up the hills on the triathlon in one fell swoop. Most of the ladies' took a breather here and there. So who was to say I couldn't get to the top if I just took some time along the way to catch my breath? So that's precisely what I did. I'll have to blog about that separately just because it was it's own accomplishment and boy did I have Satan putting those thoughts in my head. Nevertheless, I made it!
So, guess what that means? It means I took the plunge and I registered for IronGirl. Oh man, I got such crazy jitters and nerves for it that I had to distract myself right away. I'm scared and nervous and excited all at once. The best part though was when I told DH what I had done. His face lit up just the way that it did watching our children take their first steps. I wish I'd had a camera ready to capture that look because I'm convinced it will get me through any difficulty in training or in completing the race come race day. I can do hard things....but it is the support of others, including my Heavenly Father, that gives me that ability. There was another reason to me signing up for IronGirl on Monday. It was the day after Father's Day. For me, that means it was the anniversary of D-Day (discovery of my husband's addiction & when I asked him to leave) in our household. I've had a lot of projects lately that have required going back through old photos or our 'history' and I've realized how much of my personal spiral of weight and whatnot really was tied to that D-Day and the time since. It has been 3 years since that day. So much has happened in that time. I felt like I wanted to mark the day differently and mark it as my own rebirth somehow now, because it was what I needed. I thought about how I feel jealous of the commitment of new moms to immediately get their pre-baby bodies back. How 'if only' I'd done this sooner I wouldn't have been like this for so long. How I've had it in me all along. And yet, I know that I needed that time to get to this point. Some people have big a-ha moments that solidify their testimonies. For me, I have always received revelation and had my testimony built up line upon line and through small confirming signs that just sort of all add up for me. I've always been that way. When I prayed about whether marrying DH was the right thing for me to do, I didn't get some 'yes' answer.... I got several smaller answers that added up to a confirmed 'yes'. It must be how I learn. That is why I have to be easy on myself for allowing myself to be fat so long, for allowing myself to listen to others' voices instead of my own, for letting the negativity in, for feeling defeatist. I can see now that I needed to take that journey deep into the dark abyss to get to the heart of it all, to be broken to the core, to feel myself being rebuilt to be stronger, only to then have the imperfect parts chipped away. I know that it is a slow process and how quickly the last 3 years have passed when it seemed they never would helps me be more patient with myself. It feels merciful. I started multiple times in the last 3 years to lose the weight or to change my habits or to make myself better. I am better in many ways. However, the major change in my addictive behaviors requires a lot more effort and attention than I would have had the energy for in that time. I needed the life experiences to teach me things and show me my own strength and character along the way.
Of course after making a major commitment and feeling like I'd reached a new and positive step in my journey, I would have to face a setback. That's the way it goes right? No sooner had I taken the photos below than I suddenly found myself stuck on my living room floor. Turns out I pulled a muscle in my back, maybe two. So this week has been far different from last. My sweet children have been wonderful and largely cared for themselves. My older children have been taking care of giving the youngest his breathing treatments since he has been sick. They've brought me food in bed, get well cards, and not destroyed the house while I slept away the days. Even just half a muscle relaxer completely knocks me out. I finally got to do a little workout again today. I wasn't sure if it would be okay or not but I could feel that pull.... that 'ease' of lying around....that little wagging finger of the dark side saying 'it's ok...just come hang out here for a while'. So far, I'm still mobile (wasn't there for awhile). It can be so depressing to have your body take such a far step backward but I'm confident that as the injury heals I will be able to give it my all again and the strength will quickly return. That's how life is isn't it?
I'm pretty sure I was going to write more or I was going to go back and reread this to make sure it all flowed correctly. At this point I'm just going to post it and be done with it. I keep getting interrupted and I have children calling my name to make dinner. So I suppose if it sounds a little strange I can just blame it on that, or on the pain pills that may still be in my system. ;) Hope you are all doing fabulously!