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I’m Putting It Out There…

There comes a time when you have to make a choice.

Do I stop making excuses? Or do I push forward and see what I’m made of?

I decided that this year I would find myself. I would trust myself. I would see who I really am. So, what did I do? I put forth an impossible goal.


I want to run the Disney Half Marathon. 

Not today OBVIOUSLY. There’s one in November (on my birthday) and I think that I can take this year to get ready for it. I think that 10 months is a FAIR amount of time to give myself to get ready for it. I am starting at Z-E-R-O. I get winded when I walk to the treadmill and that is a FACT. But you have to understand something, the drive is there. The WANT is there and that is incredibly new.

I just joined a gym yesterday. Officially. I took two classes in a row and I knocked myself out but I felt so good while I was there and I was already thinking about how many more classes I could squeeze in this week. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

So, why Disney? Why would I want my first half marathon to take place through the most magical place on Earth? Why not?! If I am going to do it, I might as well have it be extra special! I might as well get dressed up as a superhero and really make it count.  Um… did you think I would do this without dressing up? PAH-LEASE!

One foot in front of the other.

One mile more than yesterday.

One goal at a time.

As of TODAY, I have 288 days left to train. I say that this is entirely doable. In fact, I am so completely invested in this entire wish that I am going to try to get my husband and my best friend to do it with me. I need my people by my side.

Let’s just say that it does happen. Let’s just say that I do take control of my health and my life and I overcome every voice in my head that’s telling me that I can’t do it… KNOW that I will have to be carried off the finish line because I’m going to be dry heaving and sobbing uncontrollably. Because I have lived an entire life of “I can’t” and 2016 has started a shift of consciousness for me.

I am strong.

It is possible.

And this is the year of me.

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.