Saturday, August 13, 2011

Similar....and Different

I was thinking about the "before" vs the "after" recently as it relates to myself....a lot! I realized that I often viewed myself differently than others view me, and that I am unfairly hard on myself. I have finally come to terms on a personal level that I really am no longer anything like the "before" version of myself from 2006/early 2007, even though I would still view myself more as that version than as the person I truly am.

On December 28, 2006, I began training for the Big D Half Marathon.
95 days later I completed my first half marathon, with this photo being taken just before the finish.

Another 1,512 days when by until I completed Ironman Texas, with this photo being taken just before the finish.

I never thought the journey to this point would be so hard, take so long or be so rewarding. I have a hard time recognizing the person I was then from the point of view of now, having now freed myself of a lot of the insecurity, unhappiness, unhealthiness, etc... that I had then, a lot of which I did not even know until I was free from those negative elements.

I still have many things that I plan to do to take myself to new heights and I'm not sure how many days it will be until the next time I feel an image redefines myself, but I can only hope it is as positive as the one I now use!


K said...

You are, without a doubt, one of the most inspirational people I know.

Amanda said...

It's so great to hear you finally say you see yourself for what you are - an amazing person that has accomplished so much! I'm sure your journey is not over and I look forward to all the great things still to come.

Rae! said...

Isn't life amazing??