It's, well, me!
Last weekend I entered a fun run, the first of three that I am doing over the same distance.
After a bit of a warm up we were off and running on a cool but clear Melbourne morning.
My trusty cheer squad were well fed and watered by their Dad, to tide them over as I ran.
Having them cheer me on after the first lap was great inspiration to run harder.
You can see me in the distance approaching the finish line - the pink speck to the left of the head of the woman in grey.
All done - and feeling pretty good! (if a bit sweaty!!)
And with two of my gang when all was done.
This is something I have been working toward over the course of the year.
In February I struggled to run 1km.
This race was 8.4km and I felt comfortable the whole way through - in fact my fastest kilometre was the eighth - but amazingly all were consistent within a few seconds of each other.
While committing to exercising more has cut into my sewing time, it's helped me in lots of ways.
Decreased weight, increased self-esteem, improved ankle performance (carrying less weight on this dodgy joint has helped it a lot!), and now there is a possibility that I might not have to have further surgery and that would be a huge bonus.
I'm not kidding myself that my work here is done - I can see (particularly from the first photo!) that there is still plenty to trim down, but I am doing it!
If you want to learn more about how to get in shape and change your bad exercise and eating habits I highly recommend the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation.
Several of my lovely online friends have also experienced huge success with it.
It's simple and straightforward to follow.
It requires commitment and some hard work.
But I can tell you after crossing that finishing line on Sunday - it's ALL worth it.