Wow! Has it really been three years? I’m not even sure where to start or how…
As you can tell, or maybe not, my last blog post was in 2013. I can say that I’ve taken quite the time off of blogging, though I never really started to begin with, to understand what “loving myself” really entails.
Since my last post, I’ve been given the opportunity to start a new career path with a company that provides energy and sustainability solutions for buildings around the United States – 3 years anniversary in December 2016. In the 2+ years that I’ve been at this wonderful place, I’ve have been challenged to start a new path in loving myself and a path to helping develop a better and more sustainable community, starting with the heart of Denver first.
The company I’ve been at not only believes in “inspiring better buildings”, but they also believe in their employees and invite them to participate in fun fulfilling activities such as hiking, jogging, and community volunteer work. This is where I have understood what loving myself really means. It meant that I could love myself not only by accepting my body for what it is (love handles and all) and how I dress it, but also for what it can do.
- (2) 14er hikes (Bierstadt and Grays)
I’d have to say living in Colorado, 14er hikes are a norm for active/fit enthusiasts, but it is a big accomplishment for me as I do not exercise at all. I sure did pay the price on these hikes (legs were sore for a week) but they were totally worth it. As an annual hiking trip with the company, August 2016 will be our 3rd annual 14er hike. I do hope that as I’ve been actually keeping up with jogging, the hike will be easier this year compared to the last two.
Grays Peak pictured below.
2. Participated in a marathon relay team of 5 (first marathon of any kind)
3. Kept up with training and continues to jog 2-3 times/week after completion of marathon relay (accomplishment #2)
4. Participated in the Annual Colorado Bike-to-Work Day (3 years and counting). 20+ miles round trip to and from work.
I leave you with wise words from Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), “Exercise gives people endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husband, they just don’t”. Well, minus the killing husband part, but you get it.