Before I started S.H.E I was very unhappy with my body. I was unhappy with my arms, stomach, thighs and the list goes on. I knew I was unfit but could not find the will power to change. I set out on a mission to get myself motivated and it was then that I set up S.H.E and it all began to change.
Three month's ago I set out a goal for myself. I wanted to run a Mini Marathon, for this I needed to drastically change my diet. I made small changes to my diet and my lifestyle and slowly but surely I began to feel different about myself.
Harriet's post on healthy eating really opened my eyes into how many other options there are out there when it comes to food. I dragged the other half to Tesco and filled the trolley up with as much fruit and vegetables as possible. As the days went by and with each little change I made I felt like a new person. I had more energy, I even noticed an improvement in my skin which is always a bonus.
Before the Marathon there was another challenge, two weeks in Portugal. Sounds like bliss you're thinking, but it had been over seven years since I had worn a swimsuit/been to the beach/practically naked in public. I was a little nervous to say the least.
On the beach in Portugal writing Sarah <3's S...oh feck off wave!
I actually got over my fear pretty quickly and got nicely burned/tanned! The following week when I got home from the holidays it was my birthday and I did something I had not really been fond of doing at events where I knew pictures would be taken. I wore a sleeveless dress and DIDN'T use anything to cover my arms. I had changed into this girl who didn't mind people seeing her wobbly bits!
Happy birthday gal.
Then September (Marathon month) crept up from nowhere. Was I ready for the Mini Marathon? No I was not in the slightest. I tried my hardest to cram in as much physical activities as possible to get myself in some sort of shape to run, walk or jog this thing.
Right after finishing the 6.2 miles Mini Marathon.
I can't believe I actually did it. As I started to jog away from Shane who had come to Killarney with me I began to think what have I got myself in for? Can I do this?. I just kept putting one foot on front of the other. On the course the organisers had left encouraging quotes out to keep us motivated. One I remember said "I didn't train all this time to get it over as fast as possible". This really stuck with me, it wasn't a race. I went as fast as I wanted to go and set little targets for myself. I ended up completing it in one hour and eighteen minutes. Far earlier than expected. I had been making jokes for weeks saying it was going to take me two-three hours. Finishing has been a major boost to my confidence.
I don't want it to stop there. Even though I have completed my goal I want to keep making healthy decisions. I've been doing a ten minute work out every morning and before I go to bed. Ten minutes might not seem like a lot but it gets me motivated for the day.
I'm excited about the future and I know somewhere under my wobbly bits is a beach babe dying to get out. I will find her someday but it's going to take a lot of determination.
To everyone on twitter who supported me I just want to say a massive THANK YOU. You are so amazing, encouraging words really do make a difference.
Lots of love,
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