Believing In The Light I Couldn't See

I have been really busy for the past couple of weeks, I realized I had the opportunity to get to a milestone that I never thought was possible when I was looking over my stats on Fitbit and noticed that if I was willing to go all out and walk as often as possible that I might be able to reach 600 miles in three months... and I did it with a day to spare. From July 1st until September 30th I walked over 607 miles, 126 hours of that time was active exercise and I ended up with more than 1,200,000 steps.

I was thrilled when I reached the milestone for many reasons, one because I proved to myself that I could do it, two I proved that age is not a factor if you put all your effort into it and three I removed many excuses out of my life to achieve the goal. There were mornings I thought about just hopping on a bus, misty days I thought about staying home and days where I thought what's a couple of days off going to hurt?... Each time an excuse came up I brushed them off and just walked... do you know what? I don't regret one moment of the steps I took, not one... each one made me feel healthier and stronger. 
What is my next goal? With the cooler months approaching I am going to have to use every available good weather moment to exercise and I have started strength training... I am new to it, so it will take a little time to get comfortable, nothing new feels easy right away, eventually I will be a pro at that too... I have stopped looking for excuses to give up and I just started doing. I think one of the best slogans is the Nike one that said 'Just Do It'... there is nothing more simple and more true.

Am I trying to say it is easy? Not at all... I think we have to work hard to keep getting better, at least for me there is one excuse after another that I could come up with to validate why I can't stay on this path but none of them are true or good excuses. It is funny how I spent so much time talking myself out of doing when it was far less effort to just do it... What I gained more than anything from this was finding out how cathartic exercise really is, whenever something tough or emotional would come up, I would walk and it gave me time to think things through and clear my head. 
 
This was especially true with the last part of September being an anniversary that could have pulled me down if I let it, instead I walked the pain of that anniversary away... I was a little melancholy but I dealt with it in a really good way... I did not give into the sadness. There are more of these days on the way but that was one of the worst ones and if can get through that one, I can get through the other ones... at least the other ones are not nasty painful ones, just good memories that became sad... We all have those, finding out that life doesn't always turn out the way it should or the way we expected....

You know what I learned from the horrible challenge I had to deal with the last two years? I became incredibly grateful for all the trials that I made it through before that one... because each one of those trials was building me stronger to make it through the most difficult one. I knew there was a light even though I couldn't see it, I held onto that... that little bit of Faith and Hope... Trials are a little like exercise, it doesn't necessarily feel good while you are going through it but ultimately it makes you stronger...
post signature
Follow along!
Facebook //  Twitter //  Google Plus //  Bloglovin //  Instagram //  Pinterest // 

102 comments :

  1. Aww Luanna, this makes me so happy. So happy you are walking, walking away from all the things that have kept you down. I wish you nothing but the best :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow - 607 miles! That's impressive - great job. I agree, the excuses take more time than just getting out there and doing it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats! Amazing numbers. I agree with you. "Just do it" is one of the best slogans and the best way to DO things. You are the best!!

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

    ReplyDelete
  4. Did you just say 607 miles Launna! Congrats on achieving it. And yes We all have to work really hard to get where we have to be and it's not fair cutting excuses all the time (I do that always) :(

    Style..A Pastiche! - New Post - Hats

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love how you've found your strength!

    Take care Launna, you're amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. So impressive!!!! Great job Launna!!!!
    I Wish You a wonderful weekend!!!!
    xo Paola
    Expressyourself
    My Facebook

    ReplyDelete
  7. That's what faith can do. Stay grateful and faithful. You're an incredible woman, Launna. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. The posters you use are the best. I'm proud of you.
    R

    ReplyDelete
  9. Good stuff, strength training is painful but awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats Launna such a great accomplishment!
    Beautetude

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great Luanna!!!! I am so happy to read that!
    You seem stronger, confident and powerful now, comparing to some months ago!
    So proud of you, and happy for you, it wasn't easy but you fronted everything with strong willing!
    Keep on going like this, on my opinion the best is yet to come! ;D
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

    ReplyDelete
  12. You should be a motivational speaker, girl. You don't just talk the talk; you definitely WALK the WALK. Congratulations on reaching such a remarkable milestone.

    Here's to a wonderful weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Dear Launna,
    you're my light. After commenting on this post, I'm going to do some Pilates :)))
    I know what excuses are... oh my God... Life won't be so that easy, but we can try to get it somehow better :)
    I wish you a super sweet weekend ahead...!!!

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm not sure what challenge you went through two years ago but from the sounds of it, it made you stronger and more determined than before. You are a woman that doesn't stay down, you might fall but you fight to get back up again despite the many tragedies in your life. So many could learn from you and I have so much respect for your spirit, Launna.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    ReplyDelete
  15. 607 miles?!?!?!??! HOLY COW WOMAN!!! That is quite the accomplishment!!!! Love it! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. oh, that is fantastic. I'm so proud of you. which is a weird thing to say, I know, but hey, it's how I feel. and I admire your consistency. for me, the first two weeks of September were really good. and then the in-laws came, and we moved, and life got incredibly messy, and that was it. my workout-routine fell back to pieces. even though I only had a good excuse for a few days it's now taking me forever to get back into the swing of things. you're right. it's not easy. what's easy is to give in to excuses. or the call of your bed. so yes. I'm very proud of you. and very impressed. you GO girl! happy weekend xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  17. When I read your posts I draw great inspiration always dear Launna, I support your future goals and I am sure that you will be able to reach them, force Launna! :D

    La Flò ♥ blog

    ReplyDelete
  18. Launna, I'm so happy to know about you again! I can't believe all you've achieved in this time! Those numbers impress me, what's more,your willing to reach this goal is incredible. I'm really happy AND proud of you. I bet it wasn't easy but all the benefits you got from this milestone are worth it, emotionally and physically speaking. You're such an inspiration, Launna, serisouly!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Launna, you are an amazing person, and I am behind you in all you choose to do! You are an inspiration to many, including myself.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I am so happy for you! What an achievement! You really are an inspiration. I am so glad you proved to yourself that you can do it and that you were able to do deal with stressful and sad things in a more productive way. I agree that exercise can give you the time to think things through and you feel better afterwards. Love your last line! :) Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Jess

    ReplyDelete
  21. 1, 200,000 is a LOT of steps! Congrats to you! I love the last line of this post, too. Well said! XO

    ReplyDelete
  22. Aqueles lencinhos são muito bons. E melhor: Baratos!

    Eu já comentei que acho que você está ficando mais forte, né?! E é um orgulho ler que você anda se superando. Você é uma grande inspiração para muitas pessoas.

    Ótimo sábado, Launna!

    Beijo! ^^

    ReplyDelete
  23. 607 miles is amazing ... but then so are you!

    And then we all must go through ...
    " Trials are a little like exercise, it doesn't necessarily feel good while you are going through it but ultimately it makes you stronger..."
    and it does.

    I do hope you have a good weekend ... can you believe we are into October!

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  24. Congratulations Launna on your remarkable achievement! Keep walking! All the very best, from Annie Xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. very impressive! sometimes we are the only ones who are holding ourselves back. I've made a decision to exercise more, yesterday I went hiking and it really helped me with my headache. Thank you for your comment btw. I totally agree that Morrison is an author one should read when one can really commit to it.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow thisis really awesome to read,good work dear

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks a huge accomplishment. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  28. love these quotes and a huge high five to you Launna. Way to go for reaching your goal. Hugs from me to you.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Good luck for everything you wish :)

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

    ReplyDelete
  30. Wow, that is very impressive. You walked a lot dear Launna. That is very good of you and I am also very proud of you! :-) Keep up the good work, you can do it!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am so very proud of you and I can't thank you enough for helping to keep me motivated!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wowww Launna,
    This is so impressive. Great and amazing job sweetheart.
    You are the best
    kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

    ReplyDelete
  33. 607 miles! Wow, what a huge accomplishment! Isn't it amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow, sounds good! Congrats! You are wonderful Launna <3

    Have a great Start in the new Week, much love and lots of Hugs :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Launna I hope you had a good weekend, I wish you a wonderful week, honey.

    La Flò ♥ blog

    ReplyDelete
  36. You are one helluva amazing woman! I am in awe of your strength and everything.
    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  37. I'm all for just do it! Hope this week is a good one for you.
    www.effortlesslady.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Congratulations! Continue to be an encouragement to other people. Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. Keep on going and keep on filling this blog with wonderful stories.

    Ivan Jose
    http://www.theintrovertedweekender.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. good luck dear....

    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. I love how honest your writing is. You are able to capture the joy of exceeding your own expectations and accomplishing what you set out to do, while simultaneously acknowledging the real struggles in life. Keep it coming.

    M xx
    Come say hi: Lois Lennon

    ReplyDelete
  41. So wonderful to hear you are reaching your goals. All the best to your strength and pacing yourself along the way. Many could have been hurt by now. Again, this was amazing to read! Look forward to reading more!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Launna,
    what a difficult Monday at work, everybody was crazy...
    Now I'm with my kids, I feel better, I need to cool down, drink something hot a breathe well.
    I send you a super hug!


    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. lovely post as usual and I do believe that all the things we go through just makes us stronger! have a great week Launna!

    ReplyDelete
  44. You can be really proud of yourself for everything you have accomplished! Congratulations!!

    Bella Pummarola

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

    ** I'm inviting you to join Love, Beauty Bloggers on facebook. A place for beauty and fashion bloggers from all over the world to promote their latest posts!

    xoxo;
    BEAUTYEDITER.COM

    ReplyDelete
  46. Great post! I just discovered your blog and I love how inspiring you are.

    a small bit | bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  47. Well done on your incredible achievement Launna, keep exercising, eat more healthy and try to keep a positive attitude all the time even though sometimes it's hard! <3

    ReplyDelete
  48. good for you, Launna! I will start working out again with my core and my running in preparation for a marathon that I will going to join this month. just keep it together!

    thank you for the sweet message you wrote on my blog!

    ellie
    http://chasingculprit.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  49. Just do it is my philosophy as well. Loved reading your new post, Launna. Miss you! ♥

    Have a HAPPY Tuesday! xo
    Love, Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

    THE KAWAII PLANET

    ReplyDelete
  50. Congrats on your milestone, Launna! I'm happy for you too! Wonderful thought provoking post, dear. Speaking from all my experiences I've made so far I can say that I've learnt to appreciate good things in my life more, after going through bad ones. As simple as it is: Just Do It means to take risks in life otherrwise it would be boring. "Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end."

    Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

    ReplyDelete
  51. Lau querida passando para ti deseja um belo dia DEUS seja contigo
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

    ReplyDelete
  52. It's always great when you reach milestones. Keep going!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Way to go for reaching your goal! I think it is so aweosme that you're already striving for your next goal too! (Also, thank you for commenting on my YouTube video the other day!!)
    www.amemoryofus.com

    ReplyDelete
  54. great words sweety, wish you a wonderful day!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Yes.... it ultimately it makes you stronger.
    Like Michelle said " keep exercising, eat healthy and try to keep a positive attitude"

    ReplyDelete
  56. This is really inspiring!I am a person who makes A LOT of excuses about not going to the gym (mainly because after work I am exhausted). Frankly, reading this made me want to start going to the gym again <3 I am so happy for your milestone and for you getting over the obstacles! Don't let your positive attitude falter! You are an amazing person! Keep at it!

    ReplyDelete
  57. 607 miles. That's totally awesome. I got a leg cramp just reading that number :) I've been trying to walk more. Need more hours in the day.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I agree one hundred percent that life is mainly about doing things and then reflecting on those actions. These reflections can be portrayals or essays or diaries... but not life.
    Keep up the "doing" quite an inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Way to walk through it--literally moving forward while dealing. You killed it exercise wise! (And I'm SO jealous. But we'll get there, once our routine changes with the baby...) I like your approach to walking while dealing with tough things. I just may borrow that approach.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Vow.. Launna m so happy for u .. walking and keeping up with it is a big thing.. Also trainning will help u even more.. i felt so much positivity in the post.. have a great day ♥

    ReplyDelete
  61. Launnawhat's up? I hope that this week is going well for you dear, kisses!

    La Flò ♥ blog

    ReplyDelete
  62. Keep, keeping on dear Launna! So glad you have a firm grasp on your walking/fitness goals!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Comfy & Cozy For Fall

    ReplyDelete
  63. Dear Launna,
    hard days at work, with my kids (Simone took a mark for bad behavior at school today, of course he keeps telling me he didn't do anything wrong). But I read your kind comments and I feel better. I'll try to do some Pilates later, it always helps me :)))
    A big big hug from Italy, I hope you are well :)))

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  64. Your post asre really inspirational! Love it
    And Well done, 607miles!!! wow
    xxx
    www.travelera.es
    My Instagram is @travelera.es

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Come to see my new post in my blog :)
      xxx
      www.travelera.es
      Instagram @travelera.es

      Delete
  65. I love reading your inspirational posts. Thanks for sharing. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Lau querida uma noite maravilhosa
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

    ReplyDelete
  67. Really interesting post! You're welcome in my blog!
    If you want you can partecipate to my Giveaway :)

    I'm waiting u! :*

    Blog: J'aime les feuilles rouges
    ♥♥♥FASHION GIVEAWAY - OPEN♥♥♥

    xoxo Marta

    ReplyDelete
  68. Big congrats to you on meeting your goal! I love that you're thinking of new ones already. I do that too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  69. What a wonderful feeling that must have been! Good your you reaching your goal bit shows we can do whatever we put our minds too

    ReplyDelete
  70. Passando para ti desejar um dia maravilhoso
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

    ReplyDelete
  71. Congratulations on hitting the milestone Launna! Take care :-)
    www.reviewwali.com

    ReplyDelete
  72. Hi Launna. I just wanted to drop by and wish you a lovely weekend. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Beautetude

    ReplyDelete
  73. Dear Launna,
    I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead :)))
    Hoping temperature will be lovely as in Italy now!
    A big hug...

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  74. It's always so refreshing, so enlightening and so comforting to read your words, Launna. I hope you keep the faith all the time. :)

    ReplyDelete
  75. You're really aspirational Launna, wow. Amazing! The best way to tackle hurt/challenges is to draw strength from it, which is exactly what you've done. I'm really inspired.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Trials are an exercise! You're so wise and brillant Launa, really you are. As always, you inspire me to such a deep extent! And just look at all the other people above me that you inspire too!! You really should be so so proud of yourself lady xxxx

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  77. Pantene é mara. Estou usando também o shampoo e condicionador da marca. Eu simplesmente adoro!

    Ótima sexta!

    Beijo! ^^

    ReplyDelete
  78. Launna I send you a big hug, it arrived? :) Good week end dear!

    La Flò ♥ blog

    ReplyDelete
  79. Good Week end, dear Launna!

    WWW.ANGELICHIC.COM

    ReplyDelete
  80. Enjoy your weekend Launna, you defo deserve it! <3

    ReplyDelete
  81. Oh thanks for this inspiring post!
    This is like lunch for my soul
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

    ReplyDelete
  82. Hi Launna! WOW I'm sooo impressived you walked over 600 miles in 3 months. I had to do the math on my iphone because I was so curious and that's over 6 miles a day on average. You must have felt so happy when you reached that goal and you're so right about the Nike slogan. They literally hit the jackpot with that trademark because it's so simple and true. :) Very inspirational post and I'm glad you didn't let the 2nd part of Sept. bring you down.
    xoDale

    ReplyDelete
  83. Very inspirational post

    New post :
    Www.miharujulie.com

    ReplyDelete
  84. Hugs Launna and wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend. You so deserve the best of the best.

    ReplyDelete
  85. I love the post! Have a wonderful weekend:)

    Www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  86. Fantastic post!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

    ReplyDelete
  87. Passando pra ti deseja um dia maravilhoso um ótimo feriado
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgeQXJjUpSQ
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

    ReplyDelete
  88. 100% agree with you that, "I think we have to work hard to keep getting better"
    Great inspiring words..as always Lunna!

    xoxo
    Epsita

    ReplyDelete

I love and appreciate all genuine comments, to save a little time, I won't be commenting on the comments on my blog (unless you don't have a blog), I will just visit your blog and comment there, if you have left a meaningful comment for me... I would much rather spend the time reading and commenting on a few extra blogs ❤