In February 2010 I went into my doctor’s office and stood on the scale. It read 344 pounds. Something clicked. You see, I’d been fat my whole life. I’d made half-hearted attempts to lose weight, but never made any headway.
For some reason – at age 38 – it was time. I began a journey to weight loss and fitness.
I began to make slow deliberate changes in eating and exercise. I began walking. When weather got cold, I bought a treadmill. I tried running. I weighed 289 pounds.
The first time I ran for 2 minutes straight I felt like I was going to die. I also felt glorious.
In May 2011 I ran a mile straight outside for the first time in my life. It took me 16 minutes. In August I joined Runkeeper and was shocked to learn that not all runners were skinny ultra marathoners. Some were chubbies like me who were running short distances!!!
In September I ran my first 5K race and finished in 36 and change – I ran the whole thing!!!
I kept running and to my shock started getting a little faster. In July 2012 I hit my goal weight – 119 pounds – bringing my weight loss to 225 pounds.
I was running all the time but when people would call me a runner I would deny it. Me, a runner? No way!
In September 2012 I ran a local 10K and was the first female to finish!! I got a trophy and cried tears of joy.
May of 2013 saw me run my first 1/2 marathon. And then I ran another.
According to Runkeeper I have run 395 miles so far in 2014. I am now regularly running under an 8 minute mile. Sometimes I stare at these numbers on my Runkeeper reports and can’t believe it’s really me! Who is this woman who 4 short years had NEVER run a mile in her life now running 35 miles a week???
There is nothing special about me. If I can do it, anyone can!