BENEFITING: FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 23, 2014
July 27, 2013
I attended a weight loss seminar for gastric sleeve. I weighed in at 453.6 lbs. I knew this was what I had to do to save my life and start living again. I didn't have the money for the surgery and my dad offered to pay for it. You see, my mom passed away 9 months earlier and had left behind insurance money. The money part was solved, but to even qualify for surgery I had to lose 71 lbs. It seemed impossible. I started that day by cutting carbs and fruit and walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week. I was under doctor's supervision and had to attend monthly progress visits. The first month I lost 30 lbs.
Nov 7, 2013
What would have been my parent's 31st wedding anniversary was my monthly weigh in that was my make or break surgery date visit. I had to have lost 71 lbs in order to have surgery in a few weeks. I was exactly 71 lbs down.
Nov 26, 2013
Final weigh in before surgery and I was 91 lbs down. I lost another 20 lbs in about 3 weeks. I had the surgery. It was a year to the day we buried my mom. Her death gave me life. It was so surreal to be going under a year to the day we laid her earlthy body to rest.
March 2014 to June 2014
After surgery, I stopped working out and let the small stomach do it's thing. I dropped another 60 lbs. In March, I started walking again along with boot camp and Zumba classes. Then at the end of April after walking trails for several weeks, I tried running. I was addicted. I participated in The Color Run and walked the whole thing.
July 2014 to present
At the end of July, I hit 200 lbs lost. I also started training for the Route 66 half marathon with Runner's World Tulsa. I'm not the fastest but it's been a blast meeting new people and increasing my distances. Almost every weekend long run is a distance PR for me.
I'm currently down 210 lbs and hope to hit 226 lbs lost by the Route 66 half marathon which would be half of my previous weight. I also think the timing of this half marathon will be special. As it's almost a year to the date, I had my surgery. It's my surgiversary gift to myself.
God, my family and my friends have made this journey possible. I appreciate all your support and encouragement on this journey to run my first half marathon. I'm not looking to finish with a certain time. I'm simply plan on finishing. Whether I run, walk or crawl, I just want to finish.
Money raised will go to this charity and will allow me to run the Route 66 half marathon for free.
To learn more about my choice of charity, Folds of Honor, visit their website at www.foldsofhonor.org/.