It’s weird to think that for so many years of being overweight, unhappy and lacking a sense of longevity meant that very little learning was taking place. I think back to how I looked at life and the only time real life learning took place when I was in the mental place was when I lost my dad. Learning to watch some you love go from being the toughest man you know to the smallest frailest man you have ever seen came with lots of life lessons. Dealing with life without a dad came with learning but outside of that incredibly hard time in my life, very little learning took place because I was not looking to learn in life.
When I look at the memories that pop up on Facebook it reminds me that I have only been on this weight lost journey for 3 years. That seems so crazy to me because, so much learning has taken place in my life. I not only have learned a ton about myself but also, I have learned a ton about relationships and how much one person changing their lifestyle can affect relationships around them. I have many people in my life that were not in my life prior to me finding running and healthy living but with that gain also comes the loss of many friends for some reason. I still struggle to figure out why but that is part of my life long learning, in time I will figure out why people changing can impact relationships. I struggle with this one…
These past few months have been a whirl wind of exciting things for me. I was interviewed by Chek News about my weight loss which resulted in a couple cool opportunities for me as well as lots of new contacts of people that have had similar journeys or are working towards a similar goal. Because of the story being aired I was invited up to Parksville to the Live It Up run on November 5, the route was beautiful, and the swag and food was awesome. I highly recommend you do this run, I know next year I will be, but it will be included in a spa day given it starts and finishes at Tigh-Na-Mara. This past week I also had the opportunity to speak to the Special Olympic athletes about my weight loss journey and some of the key things I have learned about having a balanced healthy lifestyle. They were so awesome, if I had more time in life I would love to spend more time with these awesome people.
In October I ran my 4th half marathon, 3rd one of the year. This was also connected to the Chek News story that they did on me. The race is my favorite race and it was my first 8k in 2014, my first half in 2015. 2016 was my skin removal year so I couldn’t run a half so to return this year to fun the half after a solid year of training was awesome. I had wanted to run the full this year but with my schooling I was doing the time commitment was too much this year, so I was happy to do the half with a new goal of sub 2 hrs which would also prove to myself that I was ready for my first full. It is safe to say that I was pumped when I came in at 1:56:51, I did a follow up interview with Chek News and then celebrated with family. I was surprised by how emotional I was that day, I think going sub 2hrs felt like I had proven something to myself. It’s so crazy that there was a day that getting out my car to walk into a grocery store was daunting and painful; look at me now running a sub 2hr and aiming for my first full marathon. I have officially registered for the 2018 Victoria Marathon….Someone pinch me.
Finally, my education has been at the forefront for me lately. I know without a doubt that I would not be where I am now without the confidence that losing my weight has given me. I crossed the stage this week at the Royal Roads University convocation for my Graduate Certificate in Leadership. My education has become a huge focus, I am thirsty to learn. I was leaning towards taking a nutritional program but after watching this industry in social media I am taking a step back and going to take a bit more time to observe this industry to see if it is really something I want to be apart of. I find it to be a bit of a “bro club” that spends more time putting each other’s interpretation of the research down than it does promoting their own industry. So as much as it is an interest, I am pausing and observing for a bit longer. With my recent job change to the corporate side of Royal Roads University and because I have learned a lot about what my strengths are through my leadership studies; I have decided to apply to the Strategic Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate at Royal Roads University. I am in a place where I don’t really know where I will end up in a year from now with my career, so this certificate would further build on what I have learned and my own personal strengths. The real news for me is that I love being a life long learner, who would have thought! I was the girl that spent more time skipping out of high school than I did attending it, so I still laugh at myself sometimes as I try to figure out what is next.