Where I Was 10 Years Ago…

Today’s Training: Rest Day

After running my long run (10 miles) yesterday, today was a rest day for this lady. It was a good thing, too, because I was pretty darn tired and to get my butt out of bed and go to work, unlike most of the world. Only to have the man who plows outside our building come in and yell at me, as well as a sales client. It was quite the climactic day, and I decided that the reason why so many people were hostile was because they had to work, too.

Anyways, I do call myself a lucky woman, because when I got home from work, my hubby was busy making me this:


Mmm, lasagna! This stuff really is the world’s best lasagna. Literally, that’s the name of the recipe. If you have a Big Oven app, you can find it on there. It took hubby 3 hours to cook, though, so this is a meal to make on the weekend, unless you happen to have a lot of time on your hands. Just so you know, JP had to work today, too, but he knew that I was pretty tired after a long, stressful day, and wanted to make me my favorite meal. Yeah, I have the best husband ever. 🙂

Sorry, ladies, I’ve already snatched up the best guy in the world!

Anyways, this got me to thinking about how lucky I am to have a wonderful husband, about how he has changed me (always for the better), and where I was 10 years ago, compared to who I am now. Consider this an early Valentine’s Day post. ❤

10 Years Ago
• Ten years ago, I was a junior in college. I had some great friends, but I was battling depression and an eating disorder.

Me (far right) during my junior year of college, and right smack in the middle of an eating disorder.

• Ten years ago, I hadn’t met the man of my dreams, who would save me from my depression, and give me a reason to live.

• Ten years ago, I had major issues with my body, and hadn’t realized that you need to learn to love yourself before you earn love from somebody else.

• Ten years ago, I hadn’t discovered running, or the true happiness it could bring me.

• Ten years ago, my friend and I used to joke about the possibility of running half and full-marathons, like it was a very small possibility in the very distant future.

• Ten years ago, I was a lot more shallow than I am today. I hadn’t yet realized that there is so much more to life than clothes, money, and following celebrities on reality tv. You get the drift…

I still have some issues with my body, but I have gotten a lot better at turning those negative thoughts into positive thoughts. I’ve been able to make many of these changes, thanks to my husband, who tells me I’m beautiful every day. There are plenty of days when I’m feeling insecure about myself, but then I literally hear my husband telling me he loves me and that I’m beautiful, and I can’t help but believe him. I truly do feel like the luckiest woman in the world.

Me and JP on our wedding day.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, “Where I am Today.”

Had you already discovered running 10 years ago? Or were you a fair-weathered runner, like I was?

How do you think you’re different from the person you were 10 years ago?


7 thoughts on “Where I Was 10 Years Ago…

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Wow, it is great to get to know you Lis. It is clear that you overcame a lot in the past 10 years. 10 years ago I was just starting to become a more serious runner. This is also when my unhealthy thoughts about my body began to emerge. I was a junior in college and very unhappy. College just wasn’t a very happy time for me. I wasn’t depressed. Just homesick and a little lonely, but it was a situational unhappiness, I believe. Can’t wait to read your post tomorrow.

  2. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff

    Ten years ago I was sophomore in college. I would sporadically go to the gym to run and realize I sucked at it (because I was out of shape; I was expecting too much), try for a while (hoping to lose my freshman 15), and then give-up again. I’m glad I’ve become a real runner and embraced what running really is (a joy!).
    PS. the photos of you and hubby are adorable! You make a great couple!

    1. 262x2 Post author

      I used to do the same thing when I was in college. I always read that if you start running just to lose weight, 99% of the time you’re not going to stick with it. When I started running again, it was because I was looking for a new hobby/sport because I couldn’t afford horseback riding on a regular basis anymore. Well, after that it stuck – the weight loss was just an added bonus (and it was in a heathy way)!

  3. Heather

    I’m so happy you found you Mr. Right 🙂 You look so happy together. And hello, look at that lasagne!

    I started running 5 years ago and never looked back. It has definitely changed me for the better. 😀

  4. Marie Oliveira

    Love this post. It’s nice to learn a little more about you and your wonderful husband. I had major body issues especially in high school. I find that the stronger I become I care less about the damage four pregnancies has done to my body. I think more about what my body is capable of rather than what it looks like. PS I love that you start your post with “today’s workout”! I might copy you on that 🙂

    1. 262x2 Post author

      You totally should start your posts out with “Today’s Workout.” The reason why I do it is because it keeps me accountable. I know that if I’m posting my workouts for the world to see, I had to get one in. I’ll be posting my workout for today before I actually do it, too, so again, it keeps me accountable so that I make myself follow through with it.


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