On April 12, 2010, I decided I was sick of being overweight. I was sick of hating pictures of myself, I was sick of sitting around on the couch all day, I was sick of having trouble finding clothes, I was sick of my tightening pants. I had to do something about it, so I decided to sign up for Weight Watchers online.
I had done Weight Watchers before, but I had only lasted a few months. I wanted this time to be different. I wanted to just lose the weight and keep it off. So I started walking. I walked a couple miles at first and it was easier than I thought it would be. Then I walked a 5k around my neighborhood. It took me over an hour to walk the 3.1 miles.
About a month later, I signed up for a 1 mile walk. I had fun and it was easier than I thought it would be. So I signed up for my first 5k. I planned to walk it. It was a terrible experience. I finished last (but under an hour!) and I was one of only two walkers. They had taken down the course markers before I was halfway done and mostly everyone had left by the time I crossed the finish line. It’s a little surprising to me now that I signed up for more 5ks after that.
I did five more 5ks and a 4 mile race that first summer. I started running bits of each race. I started getting faster and running more. After the summer of 2010, I was hooked. I remember telling my running/walking partner that I wanted to “be a runner…because runners are skinny”. I also mentioned to my mom that I would maybe want to attempt a half marathon. So by July (just 3 months after starting to exercise), I was signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon for February 2011 in Orlando, Florida. It was around that time that I started this blog.
I trained for the half marathon over the winter and I finished in 3:37:36. A slow time, but I finished. I participated in 13 more races in 2011. I formed a solid group of friends to exercise with me. Over the summer, I led a group of people who were all mostly trying to finish their first 5ks. I also started building muscle by participating in a Boot Camp workout class. In the fall of 2011, I finished my second half marathon in 3:03, a 34 minute improvement!
Now it’s 2012. It’s been two years of workouts, training runs, and all different diets. I finally reached the 50 pounds lost mark, a big milestone. I have gone from a size 20 to a size 10! I also finally got out of the “obese” BMI category. That was a big hole to dig myself out of. I became a Certified Running Coach through the Road Runners Club of America. I am now a CLIF Bar Ambassador. I am working on my NCSF Personal Trainer Certificate.
A lot of people ask me how am I losing weight. Well, it’s not really a quick answer. Exercise is so important. Do all kinds of different exercises to keep it fresh. Find family and friends to do it with you. Find a diet plan that works for what you like to eat. If you get burned out on one diet, just try a different one. Think there’s a lot of diets out there? Guess what, they (pretty much) all work. It just comes down to calories in vs. calories out. And most importantly, remember that it’s a slow process. It took you years to gain it all, it’ll take you years to get it off.
As of writing this, I have 24 more pounds to lose before I am in the “normal” BMI range, so that’s my goal. I’m not discouraged at all that I haven’t reached my goal in 2 years. I know I’ll get there. Here’s to year 3!
A few resources:
Weight Watchers Online – learn how to eat right
My Fitness Pal – keep track of your calories & find other people like you
Shoreline Squad – join others in Decatur, IL to train for your first 5k