For Me and For the Kids #MiracleMarathon

mmIt’s hard to believe that my #MiracleMarathon is almost over.  What started out as a great fundraiser for my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Cohen’s Childrens Medical Center (also a part of North Shore LIJ Health Systems, which I work for) has become so much more to me and everyone on my team.  I am super proud of myself for sticking with it.  As many people have often described me as being super busy, I managed to find the time to commit, not just to this charity, but to myself.  It wasn’t lost on me that I wasn’t in the best shape I could be.  My 4th trimester body stared back at me in the mirror each day.  I had every excuse under the sun, including the many people who told me that I was always so busy.   But finding that 10-15 minutes a day has been life changing.

I started really simple, even before the actual Miracle Marathon began, with trips to the gym and small jogs on the treadmill.  I have to say, while it wasn’t easy at first, each and every little bit I put forth made me feel so good.  A mile isn’t really that much, but since the last time I was at a gym was before I had kids, it’s been a LOOONG time.  I started making so many other good, healthy choices in my life.  When forced to step back and really look at your life, it can be ever so revealing.  I love to eat.  Really!  I have no problem putting away 2 whole entrees as many of my co-workers can attest to.  Right now. I am blessed with a fast metabolism and a life that keeps me constantly moving, so the pounds aren’t so quickly noticeable to others around me.  Only I know about my 4th trimester pains.  The belly with all its extra padded fat, the clothing that I no longer fit into, the constant need to size up while my mind is in denial.  I knew it was time for a change.

I cut soda completely out of my life.  That in itself is almost instantly life changing.  I swear I dropped 5 pounds within days of stopping.  I adjusted my mentality to eating only what I wanted, not finishing the entire plate like I was brought up to.  That was a tough one especially when growing up food was limited and eating everything on your plate wasn’t just about feeding hunger, but also about not being wasteful.  Going the gym was fun again. My body was really responding to the exercise, and my arms have never been more toned.  I can practically hear the groaning from some of you, but really, my 4th trimester body, is NOT a pretty one.  It’s a term I call “skinny fat”.

smc_mmIt’s day 23 and I’ve only missed a couple of days of the Miracle Marathon because I was sick and have made up each and every mile in between.  At a mile a day, it wasn’t a lofty goal and totally doable.  I mixed it up from running around the neighborhood, to running on the treadmill at the gym with a full workout afterwards.  I listened to my lectures for my certifications while running, sometimes I took the opportunity to catch up with an old friend, taking them for a jog with me.  Sometimes I just ran to clear my head, sometimes letting my run taking me into a different area of my neighborhood.  One time, the little man, not wanting to be separated from me, took a ride in his stroller as I clocked my next mile.

I’m so proud of my team.  My husband who joined me for the runs, simply to encourage me to get fit.  My dear friend from Cali who joined in a few days behind but made up every single mile.  Old friends who joined from as far as across the country and others who Facebook brought back into my life.  You guys are my inspiration!

I hope that everyone who is following my Miracle Marathon is as inspired as I am to keep the momentum going.  While this was a great cause to support, I really have to say, it did more for me than I did for them.  If I can do it, amidst my busy busy schedule, so can you!  Please consider a donation through http://www.miraclemarathon.org/participant/smchanrn and help me reach the finish line!