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July: then & now

Friday, July 08, 2011

I don't really know how to start this post other than: I have been reflecting a lot recently. Last July was a pivotal point in my life. I was living in Arizona, engaged and unhappy and just starting to value and take care of myself. I had lost 20 pounds mostly through cardio but still didn't really know what I was doing when it came to working out.

June 2010: my boss from Arizona sent me out to Sonoma, CA (really close to where I grew up) for a leadership retreat. This retreat was so much more for me. I reconnected with what makes me happy, and realized that my relationship and life in Arizona were doing exactly the opposite. I also rekindled a friendship (my best friend from high school who I had had a falling out with and who I hadn't spoken with for almost 5 years). He was going through a divorce and when I went back to Arizona we kept in touch.

July 2010: Over the 4th of July weekend I drove out to San Diego where he was stationed with the Army, and we drove back to Arizona where he rented me a moving truck, packed up my stuff and I left. I broke up with my ex and moved in with my friend out in CA. It was hard. I left a life that I had built full of friends, a career and even though I was moving back to the area that I grew up I was terrified. I took most of July as a break. By the end I had found a job and also got my results back that I no longer had abnormal & pre-cancerous cells in my cervix. Life was good.

Over the past year it has gone from good to amazing. When I moved back I gained about 8 pounds since I was not focused on working out, but once I pulled myself together and returned my focus to myself the weight again began to come off. In April 2011 I was down to 186 - 34 pounds gone since I started my original weight loss journey in Jan of 2010. I also met the love of my life. We met and have been together since April 1st and are now living together. It has only been 3 months but it feels like 3 years in the best way possible. Looking back on my old relationship I never knew what it felt like to feel completed. I didn't think that it existed until I met Trevor.

Around May & April I had been training for a 5k and began to have a lot of pain in my heel. One of the Physical Therapists that I work with diagnosed it as Plantar fasciitis - a nasty condition that is the inflamed tissue on the bottom of the foot. I was limping every morning getting out of bed and could figure out what was wrong. At first I didn't take it seriously and it began to get a lot worse, but I am working on taping my foot every night & icing it after walking or running.

I think that it was a blessing in disguise. I was so focused on my routine of going to the gym and going to work that I didn't have time for anything else. When this side-lined me it opened me up to more and I have been able to focus on building a great, healthy relationship. I have gained a few pounds over the last three months, but nothing that is going to stick, especially once I start running again. I am excited to be in a relationship where we cook dinner together, walk to the grocery store and enjoy an active lifestyle. I know that it will become even more active once my foot is healed.

I can't believe how much has changed within the last year and I can't wait to see what will unfold in the year to come. I am not going to meet my weight-loss goal in the time that I had planned out, but finding someone who tells me that I am beautiful every day right now is even better. I am actively working on healing my foot, but I have a hard time doing things in moderation. I can't just go one mile. Last night I went for a walk/run that was 4 miles. I noticed that my endurance is way down, but what can I expect for not running for almost 3 months. I also had really intense pain in my foot & hip flexor which reminds me that I need to build myself back up gradually.
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    You have come so far! Thats awesome
    3304 days ago
    You're so awsome! And we have such similar stories!!!
    I was miserable and engaged and living in IL. Thank goodness for breaking that off and moving back to CA where I've been in the most loving and healthy relationship. Where not only am I loved... but I'm given the opportunity to love myself and better myself.

    Lets get together!
    3314 days ago
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    Thankyou so much for sharing your story with us Ali. I'm so happy how things worked out for you regarding your health, job, and relationship status. To see all the adversity you've come through gives me hope with the situations i'm facing. I wish nothing but the best for you. (:
    3315 days ago
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    I'm so happy for you:) I know it takes a lot to leave behind what you are familiar with, I give you so much credit for taking that chance! I wish I was as brave as you!

    3315 days ago
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    Beautiful story, thank you for sharing. I'm happy for you to be happy where you are now!
    3315 days ago
    Haha it is not my friend that I ended up with. We were good as friends & nothing more, he was nowhere near the emotional supportive person that I have found now and even though we tried dating a little bit it was just the worst fit possible and I know that I would have been unhappy if we would have ended up together.
    3315 days ago
    From reading it sounds like you have come a long way babe! LOL I'm glad that your friend help save you from AZ and brought you back to CA....it sounds like that is just what you needed for YOU. Now the "romance" question is are you with your friend? Now wouldn't that be the story book ending! (can you tell I've seen too many Disney movies?)
    3315 days ago
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