I never thought I would be a runner. When we started our weight loss journey, I definitely didn’t think it would be something I would fall into or even love. I started running because I needed something a little bit more fast pace than walking and that slowly turned into a love for hitting the pavement.
I can’t really explain to you why the change when it happened. Things kind of just fell into place at the right time. Timing was everything. My mind was right and I was committed to the cause. It was time to make the change and I went for it. I took the leap not really knowing if it would work or what would happen. It probably was a little easier to take the first steps knowing I had someone by myside but that’s not the only reason why I took the steps.
I was tired of being looked at for my size when I walked into a room. I was tired of being judged by the foods I was eating when I did settle down to eat. I was tired of not being able to wear the clothes I wanted to wear. I was afraid that my love of travel would eventually have to end because I was growing too large to fit in seat. This picture from above was taken in 2009 in San Francisco and that was the first time I had to ask for a seat belt extender. When I had to ask, my heart sank just a little bit. I knew I was growing out of control.
I was eating too much and not being active. It was time to make a change. My continued success in the weight loss/maintenance mode game has come from running. It keeps me excited and interested. Running offers me balance (even though I’m sure a lot of you think there’s not a balance with it). Running gives me something to focus on and keeps me moving, literally! The best part about running is being able to share my story AND hear others. I get “you’re an inspiration” but I am inspired by so many people along the way that I never would have met without running. My life has changed because I run. I am a better and stronger person.
Running has helped my mental health in so many ways. I have learned to deal with stress better. I have learned to channel excess energy into other things instead of destructive behavior. Running has helped me gain the confidence that I never had in the past by giving me the strength to know I am capable of things that may not come easy to me. Finishing a run is a mental feat in itself but I know I can power through to the end. Running has helped me believe that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I now see things through until the end. Physically running keeps me in shape, but mentally it keeps me strong.
I would really like to share my running/weight loss journey with some of you. I know running is not for everyone but it’s something that I love. Have you wanted to check running a marathon off your bucket list? Are you looking for something to jump start your weight loss or want to add something different in your fitness plan? Come run a marathon with me and Willie in Chicago! We are running for Team Healthy Kids which is a great cause and you’ll get to run Chicago. There’s still time to sign up and run a marathon with me. I’ll run it step for step with you if you want. We can bond over 26.2 miles and have a great time. If you’re interested please e-mail me.