A monumental day for me.

by Elizabeth on October 9, 2013

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday was a pretty big day for me. I attended my last group at the place I’d been going to since I came home from ERC two years ago. It’s kind of ironic looking back. When I got there, my plan was to just “jump through the hoops” until I had Noah in November and then get as far away from therapy as I possibly could once he was born. You can see how well my plan worked ;-)

In all seriousness, once I was a mom something shifted and I realized how now, more than ever, I needed to be at my best because my family and especially my baby deserved that. So every Tuesday and Thursday for two years I made sure I had childcare arranged, I packed up our things (not an easy task while breastfeeding that first year), and drove the 40 miles one way so that I could be a part of something I hoped would help change my life. And it did. In so many more ways than I’m going to get into this morning. All I can say is that it brings tears to my eyes to think about how blessed I am to have had this opportunity. And I’m more of my true self now.

My therapist told me yesterday that in the 18 years she’s done this, I have the most loving heart of anyone she’s ever worked with. That might have been the best compliment I’ve ever received :-) If anyone out there is struggling and thinking about getting more support, I can’t recommend doing it highly enough. Feel free to email me with questions!

It really is crazy how much things can change over time.

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On a less serious note and because I like to show you food related things, I found both of these at Trader Joe’s the other day and it seemed like the perfect fall combination after we loved their goat cheese ravioli so much the other night! I really liked it. The butternut squash gave it a sweeter taste that Joe didn’t like as much and overall, I think we both preferred the other one but it’s nice to switch it up on occasion!

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Don’t buy these unless you just like eating an entire bag of something and having a really bad stomachache afterwards. 

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And also don’t buy hats because as you can see, bowls work just as well. 

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Have a great Wednesday!

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1 Aunt LALA October 9, 2013 at 6:50 am

I am soooooooooooooooooo proud of you!

Job well done, my dear.

I wished I had taken care of all my issues in my early 20′s. How different my life would be today. You have had a tough few years but realizing it and taking action early in life sets you up for such a successful life for many years ahead.

You have made your Aunt LALA so happy!!!!

I love you…..

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2 Mary October 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

I am so very proud of you! Krista has been such a blessing in your life. You are an awesome mom and daughter and I love you more than you will ever know. Also, I will be eternally grateful for your Aunt LaLa and her encouragement as you began this journey.
Mom

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3 Heather @fitncookies October 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

Yay!! Congrats :) I am sure it took a lot of motivation to get there some days, but couldn’t be prouder of you for sticking with it!
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4 Joe Sauvageau October 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

Congratulations on reaching this milestone Elizabeth! I couldn’t be more proud to have you as my bride. I feel so fortunate that you are the wonderful mother to my son. Most of all, thank God for his blessings and unending grace throughout our journey so far! I am looking forward to what our future has in store for us!
I love you!

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5 Morgan October 9, 2013 at 8:07 am

Congrats on all that you have overcome! It is very inspiring to read you candid writing, and I wish you and your family only the best :)

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6 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run October 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

Good work girl!! You are amazing!!!! So so proud of you. What an amazing example you are.
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7 Jojo @ RunFastEatLots October 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

Congrats! You’re recovery journey is truly inspiring!
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8 Lauren October 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

I am so, SO proud of you! Congratulations on the two years and all you have grown! It definitely is worth the battle for your loved ones. Always. <3 And do those pretzels come in dark chocolate?! I want them right meow.
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9 Paige@ ozwantstorun October 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

Congratulations!
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10 Amy @ Run Mom Run October 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

Um, I need to go get some of those pretzels right now.
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11 Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels?!?! I need those in my life.
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12 Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness October 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

That was the sweetest compliment ever and just reading all your posts I can totally agree and tell you have such an amazing heart! : )

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13 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Huge hugs to you girl! Congratulations. :)

Ohhh my apple cinnamon goat cheese?!?! I need to get my hands on some of that! Yum!
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14 Katie @ running4cupcakes October 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations!!! You should be so proud of yourself!! Also, those preztels look ah-mazing. And I love that pic of Noah as a pumpkin!! How fast they grow, right?
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15 Danica @ It's Progression October 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

so proud of you, Elizabeth!!!
When I met you at HLS, I had the same impression of you – you’re genuine, kind, and loving! It shines through!
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16 Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now October 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Awesome job :)
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17 Leslie Slaughter October 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Elizabeth, I am so proud of you for the devotion and effort you have devoted to this for the past two years, and what you have accomplished as a result. What your counselor said is so true. I have always known that. I am thrilled that you know it.
You, Joe and Noah are a treasure to all of us.

Love,
Daddy

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18 Emily @Sinful Nutrition October 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm

You’re amazing!! Keep being you.

Not to mention your son is adorbs in that pumpkin outfit! And goat cheese ravioli?! Where have you been all my life..
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19 Runner Girl Eats October 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

Congrats on moving on from treatment :) You are a great mom and a wonderful inspiration for Noah. Also, what time should I come over to help you eat that pasta and goat cheese?
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20 Courtney @ C is for Courtney October 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

How very exciting and bittersweet! Sending you many hugs and well wishes!

Also, that is such a tremendous compliment you received… Write it, and keep it near! (Seriously, I keep sweet notes in my wallet to view on the not-so-good days.)

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21 Samantha @ 10,000 Squats October 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

Congrats! It’s pretty easy to tell through your blog that you’re a wonderful mom, wife and person all around. Such a great compliment she gave you! Love the picture of your little halloween pumpkin! hee hee. Such a cutie!
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22 Larissa @ Running with the Dragonflies October 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Congrats Elizabeth! I’ve taken a very long break from blogging and keeping up with everyone so this was quite a treat to read! I’m so happy you are doing so well and so proud of you!

I have to agree though, nurses and caring hearts come hand in hand (most of the time).

On a side note, I just moved to Florida and although I miss my family.. I’m dying without a Trader Joes. Pure. Jealousy!
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