I’m a mother of two wonderful children who are currently 8 and 10 years old. I work full time as a Project Manager for Iron Mountain. I’m a Girl Scout Troop leader for my daughters Brownie Troop. I enjoy traveling, hiking, scrap-booking and spending time with my family. But this blog is about the culmination of a health/fitness journey I have been working towards over the last couple of years. So let me tell you how it began. It all started with a statement I said to my husband in December of 2010.
I boldly said to him, “I’m going to run a marathon!” Being the awesome, intelligent husband that he is, and knowing I was not a runner, he kindly suggested I start with a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. So after training for 10 months, I completed my first half marathon in September of 2011. I found my training runs gave me a chance to get inside my own head with no interruptions. I chance for reflection and opportunities to really think things through. And race day was filled with all sorts of emotions. I remember starting the race and getting to about mile 3 and thinking, “ok if I can get through this race, I don’t need to do it again. I’ll check it off my bucket list and move on.” But by mile 9 the emotions of seeing my family changed my thoughts, to “wow, I’m doing this! And I can do this! I’m going to do this!” And of course the feeling of crossing the finish line was like nothing else. Which is how I became addicted! Since then I have run 5 more half marathons and two 10Ks. With each one, I improved my time so recently when I told my husband about wanting to run a full marathon, he confidently told me to do it!
But starting running wasn’t the only journey I took. I also have been on a parallel journey to become healthier. In early 2011, my son was told he was obese at his 7 year old checkup and it was in the moment that I realized I was not setting the right example with my weight. I started to look at what I was eating and how my eating habits were being passed on to my kids. I needed to change to get healthy and be a better role model for my children. In December of 2012 I took the biggest leap toward this goal and joined a non-surgical Weight Management program. In that program I lost over 80 lbs. in 8 months.
But it wasn’t just all about the weight I lost: I’ve learned how the right food is important to fuel the body, how eating smaller meals more frequently is what the body needs to work most efficiently and how to reward myself for my accomplishments without food. And now that I know these things, I’m passing them on to my children and being the role model I wanted to be.
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