Getting Where You Want To Go

Posted by Erin K Casey on June 11, 2012 in Inspiration |

When Jen McDonough realized she was tired of living a so-so life, she took control of her attitude and behavior and changed health, her income–everything. She shares her powerful story in her book, Living Beyond Awesome. As you read her guest post think about what you want for your life–and what it would take to make it happen.

When I was overweight and couldn’t run two blocks, the thought of running a marathon was unimaginable! In fact, the thought of running a mile seemed impossible.

Like many people today, after becoming a parent and holding down a full-time career, taking care of myself fell by the wayside. Heck, getting to the grocery store seemed like a feat!

Then, one day my young daughter proudly showed me a picture of her mom. Staring back at me was the image of someone I barely recognized. It was shocking to see the portrait of a tired, overweight woman, who didn’t have any sparkle in her eyes–it was difficult to admit that person was indeed me. Over and over I asked myself, “How did I get this way?” The pain of facing the truth was very real.








Jen McDonough achieving her goal of completing a marathon.







After doing some soul searching, I decided to stop making excuses and take charge of my situation. In less than four months, I changed my eating habits, lost 60 pounds, and ran the farthest I had ever run–six miles. I felt great and on top of the world. In less than 10 months, I went on to finish my first marathon–26.2 miles! I was on cloud nine!

What allowed someone who couldn’t run two blocks just a short time before to achieve such success?

In short, I used the pain I once felt and channeled it into becoming intentional in taking steps to change my situation. Rather than blaming, I started claiming.

In wanting to achieve success, I became intentional in setting goals of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to achieve. Even though the thought of completing a marathon seemed out of reach as I shuffled out for my early morning runs, I pictured myself achieving my goals each day. Visualizing myself accomplishing my goals, helped me overcome the inevitable bumps in the road—including my own self-doubt.

Does this goal stuff really work in achieving our dreams? You bet it does!

By becoming intentional and using goal-setting, a few short years later I crossed finish line of becoming an Ironman Triathlete (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and then a 26.2 mile run in less than 17 hours) after not being a runner, a swimmer, or a pro cyclist.

Are there areas in your own life where using goals could help you achieve success? If so, why not take the first steps on going for your goals by checking out Erin Casey’s FREE Goal-Getting Guide.

Best of luck on achieving your success!

Jen McDonough enjoys sharing stories of hope and inspiration through her books, speaking engagements, and her blog. Jen lives in Lindstrom, MN with her four awesome kids, two spirited dogs, one handsome husband, and her ugly mortgage.

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  • Super inspirational. I love the part where she mentions intention. I believe we could all pay a little more attention to our intention. Thanks for sharing such a positive story. Way to go Jen McDough, and thank you for being the kind of person who sets goals and takes action. You are an example of what one can do when they make up their mind to change their current situation.
    Connie Williams

  • Jen,

    I love hearing your transformation story. Knowing where you started from physically and the amazing feats you accomplished let’s me know I can do amazing things too. Thank you for sharing that inspiring and potent message.

    Live Abundantly,

  • Lynne Watts says:

    Jen, I see you all the time on 48days but didn’t really know your story–other than that you ran a marathon. You are truly an inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing the background to your accomplishments and your book. Blessings on all your endeavors!

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