This was me. With Tammy from Greek Grits ( on the left and best Blissdom 2010 roomie evah) and the sweet and gracious, MckMama. (I do believe she was pregnant with McFlurry in this photo! 🙂 ). That’s me on the right. durr.
And this is me… with Robin from Pensieve. Isn’t she gorgeous… and I love the story of her dress.
But seriously… what was I thinking? At the point that these photos were taken, I had gotten to the heaviest that I have ever weighed. Yes.. even pregnant with twin girls. Yes, even pregnant with a 10 lb. boy. Heavier. If I remember correctly, I had already seen my new GP (who is amazing) and gone through initial blood work and the “chat”. I was close to Type 2 diabetes and being diagnosed with high cholesterol. Ummmm, no thank you.
March 8, 2010 was it. First day of Couch to 5K and Weight Watchers online. I was bound and determined that things would be different.
There are a few areas in my life that I have not let Him have complete control over. Food was one. Exercise was another. Blah, Blah, Blah. I’m an emotional eater. I’m a mindless eater. I’m a lazy chick. I am not going to sugar coat it for you. It’s not easy. It’s hard. You have to plan out what you are going to eat (within reason), you have to be aware of your portions, you have to counter act the caloric intake with the proper amount of exercise. It takes perseverance, organization, tenacity and most importantly, it takes God. I can’t do this by myself. I can’t do this without Him.
Somewhere along the way.. through two amazing blogging communities called Losing It, it started clicking. (I am going to refrain from any clickin’ and chicken comments.. just sayin’.) Maybe it was the accountability. Maybe it was the fact that I had to (no, noone was twisting my arm) publicly report on how the week had gone. Publicly explain why instead of walking/running and watching what I ate, I ate an entire piece of chocolate cake and sat on my bottom watching Grey’s . For the tenth time that week. It started to click.
It’s September. Six months ago that was me up there. Today, just a few short days after the true six month anniversary, I am 39 lbs lighter. I’ve lost 25.5 inches. I’m running. Really. I’m cross training. Really. Pilates. Kick your bottom kind of cross training. I’m training for a Half marathon. The Half is at the end of September. Me. That chick up there. She’s changed a lot.
She’s this chick now.
The chick that is not afraid to post a picture of herself and her running buddy (cute Jenn Carden) after a nasty 9 mile run. I don’t know what I was thinking, but this way of life, the trying to take care of this vessel He has blessed me with, it’s much better. It feels right. In the weeks to come, I’m going to keep talking and encouraging you (and me) to keep at it. The cliche’, “It’s not just a diet, it’s a way of life.” is true. It’s not a diet at all. It’s the way that He wants me to live.
Today, I want to introduce you to two women that I haven’t met. My friend Kathleen B. explained the whole #runlikeamother hash tag on Twitter one day and then I was hooked. These two women are changing the way I run. Please meet Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.
They wrote this amazing book called Run Like a Mother – How to Get Moving – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity.
I love it so much.. and it has helped me so stinkin’ much… that I bought one just for you. (Not all three of you that read this gets your own copy… ) UPDATE: Because SBS just made my day.. I am giving away three copies of each.. not just one! Just a way to spread the love of the running mothers!
I’ve also thrown in a copy of Runner’s World magazine just for grins. My triathlon buddy, Angela got me hooked.
Make sure you visit their website and check out their facebook page. They have created a wonderful community of all types of runners. From beginners like this chick to pros that encourage one another.
All you have to do is leave me a comment answering this question: What or Who is it that made things start clicking and helped you realize things needed to change?
Can NOT wait to hear what you have to say!