Happy Reinvention Week!

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I’ve decided it’s Reinvention Week here at A Firework in Progress, for two reasons:

1. I think reinvention is one of the keys to being awesome and living a happy, healthy, fit, and balanced life.

2. It’s my blog and I can do whatever I want.

So, it’s Reinvention Week! I’ve even capitalized it so it’s official. My first official blog holiday, and it’s a week-long extravaganza. Hey, go big or go home!

I went to Boston this weekend to visit one of my best friends, Mary Lee, for her bridal shower. Though we hasn’t seen each other in a year and a half, we picked up right where we left off. When we woke up for breakfast Saturday morning and she pulled out her measuring cups to measure her cereal, it was a simple reminder of why we’ve stayed friends for so long even when were far apart. We are cut from the same cloth and have a lot of similar habits (though her fiancee thinks we’re both a little nuts for being so meticulous, but hey, we understand the importance of following healthy serving sizes!) I learned a new trick from her to spruce up breakfast and create a one-of-a-kind cereal experience: she measures out a partial serving of several different cereals to make a new creation. This is a great trick for reinventing your breakfast. Thanks Mare!

Mary Lee's couture cereal recipe: measure out 1/4 to 1/3 of three or four different cereals, then slice a banana on top, and enjoy with a fresh cup of coffee. Try your own version by mixing some of your favorite cereals to get a special blend of your own!
Mary Lee’s couture cereal recipe: measure out 1/4 to 1/3 cup of three or four different cereals, then slice a banana on top, add some fat-free milk and enjoy with a fresh cup of coffee. Try your own version by mixing some of your favorite cereals and fruits to get a special blend of your own.

After enjoying our one-of-kind breakfast creations, we set off for the shower. It was a beautiful event and everyone really enjoyed it. We even reinvented the ribbons from the presents into a bouquet for her wedding rehearsal. Recycling is reinvention at it’s finest! Are you sensing a theme here? Good.

Mary Lee's gifts were all wrapped so beautifully, and we gathered all the ribbons to reinvent them into a bouquet for her to use during her wedding rehearsal. Beautiful!
Mary Lee’s gifts were all wrapped so beautifully, and we tied all the ribbons into a bouquet for her to use during her wedding rehearsal. Beautiful!

Later that night, we went out in the Fenway area of Boston to a bar called Yard House, which is a great sports bar. We enjoyed a few drinks and some good food and had an amazing time catching up and spending time together. We grew up in the same town and became best friends freshman year of high school, shortly before she moved to Massachusetts. We have lived far apart for most of our friendship, but we have made it work. We had to reinvent the idea of friendship to work for us long-distance so we could stay friends while being separated, and maybe that’s the secret to our success. Even if it’s years in between each visit, and even though we’ve both reinvented ourselves so much over the years, it seems like nothing has changed between us. Although, we used to spend our high school days drinking Shirley Temples and eating ice cream sundaes while listening to (and being obsessed with) the Backstreet Boys; now, we’ve traded Shirley Temples for cocktails (in moderation!) and we enjoy healthier lifestyles while sharing our workout and healthy eating tips with each other. We still love our boy bands though. You can only reinvent yourself so much; a leopard can’t change it’s spots for goodness sakes!

BFF bonding time! We have both reinvented ourselves many times since we became friends as kids, and the beauty is that we have stayed close through the years even as we've changed.
BFF bonding time! We have both reinvented ourselves many times since we became friends as kids, and the beauty is that we have stayed close through the years even as we’ve changed.

After all the fun and festivities, I came home tired but reinvigorated and ready for a good workout. I was ready to reinvent my training since my 10k is fast approaching. I usually run the same route, but decided to go a different way today and it took me to a fork in the road. I felt like I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book from back in the day and I enjoyed forging a new path.

I came to this point during my run and Robert Frost's poem entered my head: two roads diverged in wood...bla bla, which to take? I wanted lots of hills and more fuel points to power my 10k training. I went left first, but looped back around after a few miles and went down to the right. Both are great routes with lots of hills and I'm excited to run this way more often.
I came to this point during my run and Robert Frost’s poem entered my head: two roads diverged in wood…bla bla, which to take? I wanted lots of hills and more fuel points to power my 10k training. I went left first, but looped back around after a few miles and went down to the right. Both are great routes with lots of hills and I’m excited to run this way more often.

I ended up having a banner day. I ran farther than I’ve ever run at once, 9.26 miles. It was a much-needed jolt to my routine and I ended up burning a ton of calories and earning a boatload of fuel points. It’s amazing what can happen when you go out of your comfort zone or off your normal path and see what else is out there.

Ran 9.26 miles, continued my 62-day Nike Fuel streak, and finished off with a nice protein shake and my best-ever heart rate monitor reading of a 1256 calorie burn. Now THAT's a workout, reinvented!
Ran 9.26 miles, continued my 62-day Nike Fuel streak, and finished off with a nice protein shake and my best-ever heart rate monitor reading of a 1256 calorie burn. Now THAT’s a workout, reinvented!

Every day, plant little seeds of transformation and the harvest will come in time. Reinvention is a process, and not just something that happens overnight. I’m excited to see what else lies ahead and what Reinvention Week will bring. I’ll be bringing more stories of reinvention throughout the week. I hope you’ll stay tuned, and share what you’re reinventing about yourself and your routines as well.

Courtney Wienslaw

My blog chronicles my 90-pound weight loss transformation and encourages people to live a healthy, happy, fit, and balanced lifestyle.

6 Comments
  1. Hi Coutrney! Do you love your Nike fuel band? What do you find is the best tool for keeping track of your results? Ps I am so proud and excited for you!

    1. Thanks Andara!! I absolutely love it. I use it every day and it gives me more motivation to squeeze every ounce of activity into my day that I can. I track everything on MyFitnessPal. Thanks for your never-ending support!!

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