If you asked me what helps me live my best life, I probably would answer immediately – my family! I took the Abbott LIFE. TO THE FULLEST. quiz here: http://clvr.li/1TRii0v and discovered the more I think about it, being healthy and running helps me be the “joyfullest” and the best wife and mother to my family.
I have 5 children and after the 5th child, I had extra weight accumulated from each child that I never lost. This put me in a slump, and I wasn’t happy. This wasn’t the me I wanted to be; I just felt blah.
Enter running. I used to run cross country in high school, but that was so long ago. Did I really want to start that again? Because I remember running was hard. I decided if I was going to be serious, I would need to register for a race. Did I start off with a 5K? Um, no. I’m not sure why not. Perhaps too much chocolate to the brain? I decided to go straight for 13.1 miles. A half marathon. Surely I had lost my mind.
Well I did it! I trained for that half marathon, and I ran it, and it felt good. It felt good to set a goal and to accomplish it. It felt good to lose some weight. It felt good to run 13.1 miles and not die. It felt good to earn that medal. It felt good to feel like a rock star, because I just ran 13 miles – in a row!!! And it felt good to be an example to my daughters that hard work pays off.
Abbott has set out to find what living fully means to people around the globe.
What is #fullosophy? It’s your own unique way of living that gets you to your fullest. Your joyfullest, your peacefullest, your hopefullest. Your #fullosophy is at the heart of who you really are, and it helps you become your best possible self. How we get to that place is different for each of us. It’s personal – but the quest to achieve our best life is what we all have in common no matter who we are or where we live. It’s time to take a stand and declare your #fullosophy.
My #fullosophy is being the best me. That means challenging myself. After completing 8 half marathons, it was time to take it to the next level. Oh, yes. 26.2 miles. I will run my first marathon in January, and the training hasn’t been easy. It’s long miles, and with a big family, sometimes time is scarce. But I have to make the time for me. I put it on the schedule and my family knows, that’s mom time. I remember looking at my running watch thinking, 10 miles is halfway? For a training run? And I don’t get a medal? Who am I? I’m pretty awesome, that’s who.
Having a support group is also key to accomplishing my goals. Not only do I have a supportive family, but I have friends who hold me accountable. We check in with each other online. We sign up for races together, and we run together! Through running, I was able to meet the best running friends a girl could ask for, otherwise knows as BRFs. They pick me up when I have bad runs or fall short of a goal, and they encourage me to try again.
I’m scared to run this marathon. Trust me. There have been many nights where I lay there and question my sanity. But I have 5 girls, and I want to be a role model for them. It’s all mental. And I won’t let doubt and fear win. They see their mama putting in the hours to train, and they are so proud when mama comes homes with a medal. “Did you win?,” they ask. I laugh. “No, but I tried my best, and I finished.”
I am my best me when I do hard things. That’s the real test. I love my family, my friends, my faith, to travel, to have fun, to laugh. Those are the easy things. When I am a healthy me, I can enjoy all the rest of the things on my list. And let’s be honest. After a run, I’m less grumpy. My kids always appreciate a less grumpy mom.
So take the Abbot LIFE. TO THE FULLEST. quiz now and find your #fullosophy. You may just be surprised what helps YOU feel the most full.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.