I’m tired. Soooo tired. I am not sure the total reason for my exhaustion, but I am sure that much of it can be attributed to 5:30 a.m. wake-ups for exercise, 40+ hour work-weeks, evening commitments that pile on top of one another including ball games, play practice for a play that isn’t happening anymore, and Biggest Loser, and some nights of little or no sleep for some reason or another.

But on the other side of the spectrum, I am energized. This summer has been a fun one so far, and much of that is due to the fact that I am losing weight and exercising my tail of (literally). Now, some of you may not think that sounds like fun, much less energizing, but that’s only because you don’t have a great team of Bacon Lovers (anonymous) to go through the journey with. Every walk I take with one or more of these ladies energizes me. Every text, Facebook, or MyFitnessPal message I exchange with these women encourages me, every success and failure that we experience together tightens our bond, and every challenge that we complete at our Biggest Loser meetings cements the fact that we are a very competitive and amazing group.

It’s easy to get out of bed in the morning for exercise knowing that my gals are waiting on me and depending on me. It’s a highlight of my week to meet them all on Saturday mornings for our long walk. I love our every other week BL meetings because I get to be with these amazing women. And last night, we tied for first in the challenge and got $50 to go out together as a group – something else I will look forward to.

We have four more weeks of competition, but at least 100 more days together as BL(a)’s because we are training to walk a half-marathon. And I’m glad for that extra time, not only because I love these gals, but because we weren’t meant to do life alone, and I am glad to be doing life with these women.

Who are the people who are energizing you as you do life together?