One of the things I love most about the last year and a half has been meeting so many new people. From runners to triathletes to people who share a similar journey! I met Colleen, The Fit Bee, a few months ago and she too is a newer runner who has lost over 100lbs! Take it away Colleen!
You can go your entire life waiting for your body to wake up. Or you can make a conscious decision to make a change and start living. For me the choice was not always clear but I knew a change was needed when I was taking 7 different medications each day and spending a small fortune on doctor bills. You see I had been living with chronic diseases and letting them control me and hold me back. Then I had my daughter.
She opened my eyes to a lot of things. The biggest one being probably that I needed to live and I needed to be healthy so I would be able to take care of her. Children are so vulnerable and needy and they rely solely on their parents for everything during those first few years of life. I needed to be stronger so I could care for her and ensure she had a strong foundation to build upon. I joined Weight Watchers in February of 2010 and I decided that I would make a conscious effort to get healthy and make it a life style.
At first it was hard. I wanted to quit so many times. It was hard, cooking every day, prepping food and packing a lunch to work. Working out after work and taking care of a baby, it was definitely a challenge. There were times where I would think to myself, man it would be easier to quit. It would be simpler. But I kept fighting because honestly it was working. For the first time in 10 years I was losing weight and slowly but surely I was feeling better.
Then one day I was on the treadmill walking and a funny thing happened, I decided to try jogging for a few minutes. I felt like I was going to pass out, but in a weird way I kind of liked it. You see my body was changing and I was beginning to fall in love with exercise. I began to feel alive; when I was working out I actually enjoyed that feeling. When you exert yourself it releases endorphins you never knew existed. It is a natural high. So I slowly started running and I enjoyed it. Then I took the plunge. I signed up for a 5K.
After that race I felt amazing! It was exhilarating and it changed my life really for the better forever. I never imagined I would ever be a runner. When I weighed 272 pounds and felt hopeless and helpless I never imagined I would be thinking of myself as a runner! That first 5K just was the beginning for me too. I signed up for another a month later in Quincy and then after that race I signed up for my first half marathon. You see I became an addict of a new kind I became addicted to running!
Now I have completed 3 half marathons and am training for my first full marathon in Philadelphia in November 2011. I have found that setting new goals and working towards them has kept me motivated to keep off the 120 pounds I have lost and stay fit and healthy.