October 06, 2010

I < 3 Me!

I was reading a new blog the other day - Healthy, Happiness & Skinny Jeans.  The author Samantha just completed a half marathon and was considering how far she's come in the past year.  The she challenged us readers to do the same.  Here was my comment:

I've trained for & completed a half marathon. I've set a new 5K PR while suffering from a respiratory infection. I trained for a triathlon only to be benched b/c of severe anemia. I took iron infusions, was released for training, and completed my first triathlon last week.

Oh and my husband & I celebrated our1st wedding anniversary in California, we bought a home together and are on track to pay it off in 5 years.

Somehow that's now how I view myself.  But that's me and my goals in a nut shell.  So why am I still so critical of myself?

Enter the Shrinking Jeans October Monthly Challenge - I love me (dammit!)  They've asked us to pledge the following:

The Pledge to Love Myself.

I pledge allegiance, TO MYSELF.

Today I will proclaim it

out loud,



From this day forward,

I promise to be nice.

TO myself and ABOUT myself.

I will accept my quirks and I will love my faults.

I will love my shape, whatever it is

My bones, my muscles, my hair and my face.

My body, all of it, inside and out.

Because that is what makes me, ME.

And there is only one of me.

I will finally allow myself

to see what others see.

My kindness, my spirit, my love.

And starting today, I will share some of it,

with ME.

Because I deserve it.

I will fight for myself, because I’m important.

And I deserve to be everything I am capable of in my life.

I deserve to find my greatness and live my life fully and completely.

With no regrets.

There is so much I want to do in my life,

but first, it begins with “me.”


Today, tomorrow, and every day after that.


And no one can stop me.


Sad that something so easy can be so difficult.  With that I present the top 5 reasons I should love me:

  1. Jesus does.  A very easy WWJD to answer.John 3:16
  2. I have a mutant that loves me.  He might not have abs like Wolverine, but he's still pretty incredible.  The best part?  Unlike the X-Men my mutant is real.   To have earned his love and his promise of forever then there must be something pretty special inside me. 
  3. I am adored by my niece and nephew.  Partly because they are amazing, but also partly because they know their Aunt Boo loves them with all her heart.
  4. My amazing friends - here and in real life.  Who am I to question their taste in friends?
  5. Because I know it.   Deep down. 
Today I completed my fastest. mile. ever.  It was a part of the Shrinkvivor challenge - Team Rogue represent!

My 5K PR is at a 10:40 pace.  Today?  I ran 1 mile in 9:07.  I understand that sustaining that over 3 miles would take some work but I blew my old pace out of the water.

Back this spring I whined complained explained to my sister and mom that with all the effort I was putting in, my pace wasn't getting any better.  The both urged me to see my doctor.  I was putting in far too many training hours for my times to actually be decreasing.

I brushed them off.  It was all I could do to not to burst into tears.  "I just suck.  A doctor can't help that."

When you believe lies about yourself it can lead to dangerous consequences.  Be it a damaged self esteem or over taxing your anemic body. 

Today I'm flying high.  My body can get faster.  With some work I have no doubt I'll be able to run a sub 30 minute 5K.  That's a goal that will have to wait until after Disney, but I do have a short term goal that I'm a bit scared to put out there but here goes...

I'm competing in a 3.2 mile race in 10 days - the On Cosby Moonshine Run.  My goal?  To meet my 5K best time.  Given the extra tenth of a mile, that'll mean running this in my fastest time ever - a full 20 seconds quicker than my 5K PR.  But I really think I can do it.

One thing I can not forget is that win, lose, or draw those 5 reasons I listed will still be applicable.

Because I'm that damn lovable.

Head on over to the Shrinking Jeans so that you can take the pledge and join us this month.


  1. You are absolutely right-you are that damn loveable!

  2. WOW! That's an awesome pace! You can and WILL beat your best 5K PR -- I know it!!!

  3. You are pretty darn loveable! Totally love this post (with big pink hearts and glitter!). Awesome perspective! And a killer mile time! Awesome job!

  4. Hey, I like those 5 reasons! =) You might as well be flying high, running that fast!

  5. I'm so glad you took the pledge! You are amazing and you've accomplished so much. I'm so damn proud of you.

  6. Hell to the YEAH, you are loveable! (Dammit!) Glad to see you appreciating the things we love about ya!

    And congrats on the 9:07 mile time. That is so awesome!!! You are strong and swift and beau-ti-ful. (That works nicely as a running mantra, by the way.)

  7. I really enjoyed reading that and I agree you are so inspiring. Awesomeness all the way around!


  8. Great job on the mile!

    Here's my post:

  9. You can do it! You've come so far already! {& I can completely understand your gratfeulness & tears!!}

  10. Dude. That's fast. Real fast. You are beyond amazing.

  11. I LOVE YOU! You rock, Brooke. And that fastest mile? WOWEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so freaking proud of you.

    You're awesome and totally loveable.

  12. YES, You are one amazingly lovable young lady!! Just keep reminding yourself of these things and soon you will actually FEEL like they are true-- not just know it!

  13. YAY YOU TOOK THE PLEDGE!!! it is funny how something so seemingly easy really isn't. congrats on that pace girl! i just wrote coach joe last night, the work he gave me in that training plan is working but there were times i almost quit. the key is, (drumroll) *not* quitting. because that's when you move mountains LIKE YOUR PACE! CONGRATULATIONS GIRL! good luck this weekend!

  14. You are pretty damn fantastic.


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