Day 7: Just Do It!

As of today, I have been been a “runner” for about four months. Now, I use that term very lightly! I’m really more of a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race jogger, but, hey! It worked for the tortoise! Anyway, I have struggled with weight issues all my life! Once I started college and fell in love, eating became my favorite past time, and exercise was a curse word. Eight years and about 60 pounds later, I got pregnant with my first child, and, well, we know what goes along with that! Yep! More weight! When Cecilia was about a year and a half, I lost about 30 pounds, and then I got pregnant again. After losing my Angel Baby, food was my best friend, and I gained all of the weight back and more. A year and a half later, my sweet William came along, and so did more weight. This past winter, I was at an all-time high, and I had had enough! I was done! I dabbled in Paleo for a while and then tried Weight Watchers, and I lost about 25 pounds in about six months. It wasn’t until this summer, however, that I made some serious lifestyle changes. I couldn’t afford a gym membership or any fancy home equipment, but I knew I needed to add exercise into my life, plain and simple. Along with giving up almost all processed foods (especially processed carbs), I downloaded a free running app (Ease Into 5K) onto my phone, and I hit the pavement! I’ve battled hip injuries and (am still battling) Planters Facciitis, but I am still at it, and I am down another 25 pounds! I will be running my first race (well, obstacle course) this coming weekend–Warrior Dash–with my wonderful husband, my awesome cousin Emily, and my incredible best friend of 17+ years Kellie! I can’t wait! I am far from perfect and still pretty slow, but, as Kellie often tells me, I am still lapping the couch potatoes! I couldn’t have stuck through it without my husband’s constant support, my friend Shawna’s non-stop checking-in and cheering me on, the incredible encouragement and belief in me from Kellie, and the outpouring of support and “likes” and comments from my awesome Facebook support group! Thanks to everyone for believing in me and helping me out along the way! So, if you have ever thought about running or have the desire to be a runner, my advice to you is simply to Just Do It! If I can do it, anyone can!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. homemakingwithheart
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:07:44

    Inspiring! I would love to get into running again. It seems like a mountain in front of me. 🙂

    Reply

  2. shawnagarrett79
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 17:59:37

    I say RUN RUN RUN RUN!! I’m so proud of you and everything you have accomplished so far. You are a superwoman and can do anything!

    Reply

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