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This is What I Looked Like 2 Years Ago


First off, before I get into my post, I have to say that I was really impressed with all of your future plans for 10 yrs from now. Many of you commented on how hard that was – I have to admit that the question comes from a Psychology of Sport class that I took *ahem* 16 yrs ago. It certainly was an eye opener for me when I was originally asked that question – is what I’m doing NOW leading me towards my FUTURE goals? Since then I’ve asked myself that question a million times and it’s really helped me to reach the smaller goals along my path to the bigger goals.

So now, let’s get into my post for day 4 of the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge – for those of you new to the challenge, feel free to jump on in – the more the merrier!

Two years ago I looked like this:

August 2010

I was 30 weeks pregnant with our third daughter, but still running 5k three times/week and going to a Bootcamp class led by my dear friend and awesome personal trainer, Rob, of Trainers On Site.

A year ago I had just completed my first half marathon since 2004 and was beginning my grand return to running and fitness:

May 15 2011

Today I look like this:

August 2012

I ‘m currently training for my first sprint distance triathlon since 2003 and also hoping to run a sub-2 hour half marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon.

These pictures don’t really tell the full story though – Two months before I got pregnant with Amber I was fairly out of shape ” I hadn’t done very much exercise over the previous 5 years, and my eating habits were horrendous. I looked A LOT like my 2 month postpartum picture, only I was 3 years postpartum from having my middle daughter Brooke:

January 2011   2months postpartum

I fully admit that in those days I would easily go a week without eating ANY fruits or vegetables (OMG!). I made my kids eat them – but I didn’t. That was just over 2.5 years ago. Since then my nutrition (as you’ll see in tomorrow’s post) has greatly improved and with regular exercise my strength, endurance, and overall fitness has also become much better. It’s amazing how quickly improvement comes when you start training consistently and fuelling your body properly.

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How have you changed in the past 2 years?
PS – Don’t forget to link up your post in the comments below (I can`t wait to read all about how YOU have changed).
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  • Kathy
    August 4, 2012 at 6:52 am

    You look great! Good luck with your sprint, can’t wait to hear how it goes. I did my first one ever last year and loved it. Couldn’t do the training this year but hope to again :0)

  • Yoli
    August 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Mine’s very personal, but I’m proud of where I’ve come since the past 2 years.

  • Carrie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I found a blog post that I wrote just about 2 years ago about this topic. It was really interesting and motivating to update it and learn from it.

    You look great. It really is amazing how our bodies respond to being fueled properly and being exercised properly.

  • Fancy Nancy
    August 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Amazing what can happen in a year….or two!!! I was amazed by how much I had changed in a year!

  • Forever Young
    August 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    You look adorable pregnant!

    I haven’t changed much in the past two years. I would say my major changes too place 3 to 5 years ago.

    I have become more adventurous and independent the past two years. This middle class soccer mom of the burbs got a tattoo and a motorcycle. You probably could call it a mid-life crisis.

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Wow, what an inspiration!!!

    I was struggling two years ago with a surprise pregnancy after recently shedding baby weight!!

  • Patty
    August 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for making us look back. Sometimes it’s hard to see how far we’ve come.

    • Erin
      August 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honour your fathers life by living a healthy lifestyle. Wishing you a speedy recovery and safe return to exercise.

      • Patty
        August 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        Erin, thank you so much. Congratulations on your beautiful family and on becoming an instructor. 🙂

  • Runninglovingliving (
    August 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    You look fantastic!!! I am impressed by all you have done, I especially impressed that you kept up with your workouts during your pregnancy, that is awesome!!! Good luck with your sprint, you will do awesome. Here is my post:

  • wcatalano
    August 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I copied your style a little bit. It’s so interesting to see how our bodies transform over two years, or even over just a couple of months!

  • hikermom
    August 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I loved writing this. It made me realize how much I have changed for the better:) Thanks!

  • Sarah
    August 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    You look fabulous! This was a great prompt, it was fun looking back on just how far I’ve come in 2 years!

  • kaitlynlaurenb
    August 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I’m seriously loving this challenge! So fun to see where others have come from and encourage one another.

  • kaitlynlaurenb
    August 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love this series! It’s great to see how far everyone has come and encourage one another.

  • runnercoachjen
    August 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Great work and big changes

  • Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
    August 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Looks like we were both pregnant around the same time! I actually started off my post with a belly photo too. Makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one! Congrats on all your amazing progress over the years 🙂

  • Stephanie H (
    August 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    You always inspire me to get my arse off the couch and move! I hope I can a)run a race with you and b)keep up!

  • Shannon
    August 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You look great two years after baby! My current shape still more closely reflects your two-month postpartum picture and I am five years out from pregnancy! In the past two years, though, I think I have become more confident, more adventurous, and more relaxed. Read about it here:

    By the way, I am LOVING this writing challenge. Much fun!

  • Cindy
    August 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • SheisonaRUN
    August 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    See how my life has changed in 2 short years.

    August 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    we are loving this challenge. getting really personal in this post:

  • Clarinda (
    August 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’m new and just joined the challenge a few days late. 🙁

  • Rachel
    August 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Life was a crazy BLUR two years ago for me:

  • Two years ago | Running Rachel
    August 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    […] by Rachel on August 4, 2012 Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginToday’s writing prompt for the Fitness and Healthy Living Blogger Writing challenge is, How have you changed the past two years? […]

  • ~jenniferlynn
    August 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    My thoughts posted here!

  • dirtygirlrunning
    August 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    You look amazing!!! You were also adorable when pregnant 🙂

    Here’s how I’ve changed in the last 2 years.

  • Amy
    August 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Congratulations on your current results. It’s always important to take pictures during your transformation to see the changes and motivate you more.

  • Christy J
    August 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Day 4:

    It’s almost not Day 4 anymore, but I got it done 🙂 Thanks for the challenge…it’s good to make goals like yesterday and look back like today.

  • Run-with-Chocolate
    August 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Mine wasn’t really interesting today. I had to use my ipod while I was waiting for a performance to start so it is ALL over the place!

  • Val
    August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’m on vacation so it’s been difficult to post every day, but I’m doing it 🙂 I’ll definitely be catching up on everyone else’s posts Tuesday.

  • lifewithpepper
    August 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Wow Janice – you seriously could have been a pregnancy model. Gorgeous! (Still are now too :-)) Like a lot of other readers, from what I can see, I am on vacation too and am having a hard time keeping up (blogging from my phone just doesn’t feel right….). But, I am pressing on in the challenge! Looking forward to catching up on eveyone else’s posts!!!

  • sheslosingit101
    August 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m so impressed that you ran throughout your pregnancies! Rock on!

    Starting to catch up on my posts!