My first Buff Mama Monday post was back in August. I was 22 pounds heavier and could barely run for 2 minutes straight. I really wasn’t even sure what a healthy diet looked like until Nutrisystem came into my life. At the start of this, I said that I would commit to 6 months of blogging about my weight loss journey. You know, in case if it wasn’t going so well, I had an out. Here I am, 8 months later, still committed and making this a lifestyle change. I think I can officially call myself a buff mama. I still have work to do and I still have goals to reach. Some days are harder than others, but I’m doing it.
This past Saturday I completed my first 5k. Not just any 5k, that would be too easy. It was a mud run through the desert. I’m not joking when I say a run through the desert. There were very few trails and lots of rocks. I was looking down at my feet the entire time, praying that I wouldn’t fall on my face. Thankfully I survived, didn’t trip once and only endured minimal bruising.
Oh and did I mention that there were obstacles throughout the course? Before I started the race, I told myself that my goal was to just complete the 5k and if I had to skip over an obstacle then so be it. My competitiveness got the best of me and before I knew it, I was scaling walls, leaping through mud (that would be me below, number 654) and walking across a wobbly balance beam. I completed every single obstacle. I’m as girly as they come, I don’t do this stuff! But I did and it was awesome, especially the mud!
There came a point during the run that I was ready to just be done. I got to an obstacle, crawling under a crazy net thing, and the volunteer there told us that we were halfway done. HALFWAY DONE?! Don’t you mean that we’re 90% done? I took a deep breath and mentally prepared myself to go another 1.5ish miles. I can do this, I told myself. I remembered the quote that I first heard at my mama bootcamp, “your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will”. I pushed on. Don’t. Stop. Running.
Next came hills. I reminded myself that I ran up hills with 10lb weights at my mama bootcamp the previous weekend. I could hear my instructor in my head, “RUN up those hills, Vanessa” and I did. Around the corner I saw my husband with Logan and I wanted to cry. It meant the world to me that my son was there watching his mommy accomplish a goal that she never thought was possible. I pushed harder.
Right before the finish line was a giant slip’n slide. I remember looking at that thing before the race, terrified. After pushing myself for 3+ miles, that little ol’ slip’n slide was nothing. I flew down the hill and it was the best part of the run! It led right into a mud pit, which they had us crawl through under wires. I could finally see the finish line after that. I picked myself up out of the mud and proudly ran through the finish line to my family. I can’t wait for the next one (which I’m already planning)!
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