Tillifinney's Journey...The Final Countdown!

  • By Eric Evenstad
  • 25 Jul, 2015
Join Tillifinney as we follow her fitness journey over six months, starting on April 16th, 2014. The highs, the lows, the goals, the PRs...she shares it all!

And now...Week 26!

I’m officially in countdown mode. After this post, there are three more official blogs from my official DeCO journey. It’s kind of crazy to think about how quickly the past six months have gone by, and really how quickly the entire year of 2014 has passed. Has it been the same for you?

Happy October! Welcome to the month of Pumpkin Spice Everything , sweater dresses, cute boots, cuddles, corn mazes, and crock pots. I’m totally slacking on celebrating the month with any of those things (except sweater dresses), but I have plenty of time to catch up. I also have plenty of time to practice wall balls, because holy crap October’s benchmark is a doozy. Benchmark Tuesday happened at 5:30 am for me this month, and now I’m ready to just lay on a foam roller until the retest. Shout out to the 5:30 am crowd for making it fun though! You guys are usually the people I think of when I think of the core group of DeCO, and it was lovely to WOD with you. Thanks for pushing me to finish, joining me in my last sets, and for taking your sweet time on the warm up in an effort to stall the inevitable. Don’t count on it quite yet, but I may try and adjust my schedule to join you more often. Ya know, spread the love... or something.

I have to take a second in this post to get a little sappy with you, friends. I’m at a point in my journey where I am really struggling to figure out where I belong. Things at work are really stressful and difficult right now and things at home are often double that. It sucks, to say the least, that the two places I spend most of my time are places that I don’t really want to be and places where I feel like I don’t belong. On Monday of this week, I went to 4:30 class then hung out for an hour by myself after I finished and watched 5:30 do work. What I kind of figured out in that hour is that I feel like I belong at DeCO more than I feel like I belong anywhere else, which kind of shocked me at first. If you would have told me in January that my greatest sense of belonging will come from being at the gym, I would have laughed in your face. But it’s so true. Maybe it’s because I have a definite achievable goal to work toward for an hour. Maybe it’s because I try my best to leave all the extra baggage at the door when I get there. Maybe it’s because every single member at DeCO is a cool person. Actually, I think it’s all of the above, plus some. I’ve written about it before, and what’s even more powerful than that is the fact that all you DeCO friends have experienced it first­hand. Nobody cares if you’re super competitive and trying to PR every day or if DeCO is your first fitness experience since high school P.E. We are all welcomed with open arms and genuinely cared about. Everyone knows our names, even though they sometimes spell it wrong (right, Danny?) and everyone is on the same team. I think it’s amazing.

Thank you isn’t even the right thing to say right now. What I am feeling toward you, my DeCO peeps, is so much more than thank you can cover. I am so appreciative of your company, your sarcasm, your jokes, your high fives, and your friendship that it is bringing me to tears. So, figure out a stronger phrase than thank you that will show how much you all mean to me and insert it here. Then let’s hug about it. I like hugs, so if you ever want to hug it out, you can count on me! Plus, hugs are good for you too. Check out this article that explains why.

Thank you for helping me find my place, friends. I hope I can return the favor to you somehow soon. Remember to do something great today! I will if you will.
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