My Story

For as long as I could remember I had been a picky, junky eater. I loved pizza, chicken tenders, ice cream, chocolate, gummy bears, and pretty much anything with sugar. I avoided greens at all costs and never really considered nutrition as something important.

I’m slowly learning to eat healthier, make better choices, and avoid sugar at all costs! For me, it’s the one temptation that I have such a hard time avoiding. Exercise (mostly running and walking) is becoming a huge part of my life, and I’m loving every second of it!

My journey began one snow-filled, cold-as-heck week in the winter of 2010 when I was living in the great city of Boston.  A few (very fit) friends from work and I decided to run a half marathon (I’m not even sure who mentioned it or how the idea got spread around, but we had about 7 women interested in it within a few days)! I had enjoyed running in high school (strictly for fun) and in college (leisurely), and was super excited to train for a race and see if I could do it!

Somehow I managed to train for and run the entire thing without losing a single pound!!  I felt such conflicting emotions — complete joy that I finished 13.1 miles and was still standing — and shame that I had eaten so poorly I didn’t have any weight loss to show for it. This really sparked my decision to change my life for the better, and I knew that my diet was at the center of my problems.

Since that race I’ve managed to lose over 50 lbs. I have fallen in love with chia seeds, spinach, cauliflower, green monster smoothies, almond milk, almond butter, fat free half and half — just to name a few. I’m paying attention to nutritional content on top of just counting calories, especially fiber, sugar, & protein. I still have occasional cheat days, I still mess up, but I’m determined to make my goal weight my reality.

I want to be a positive influence for my extended family, friends, and my future children. I have changed for the better in so many ways, it’s hard to count them all, but here are a few:

  • I’ve fallen in love with running & don’t think I’ll ever be able to give it up
  • Walking/Hiking has become a favorite activity of mine (especially if we throw in a stop for coffee along the way!)
  • I love making interesting, healthy dishes for my husband and I
  • “Paleo Baking” (I use quotes because it’s sort of “baking if people in the paleo era had ovens and food processors”) is almost more fun then “regular baking” (use of sugar)
  • My life is changing every day and I love it!

Stick with me and see how I fair on losing my last 45 lbs & learn how important a healthy diet along with exercise is the best way to lose weight and stay fit!

c

May 2011 – my 1st half marathon – 250 lbs

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Zooma @ Lake Lanier Islands – April 2012 – 2nd half marathon – around 225 lbs

 

August 2012 -- 3rd half maratahon -- 215 lbs

August 2012 — 3rd half maratahon — 210 lbs

November 2012 - 195 lbs

November 2012 – 195 lbs – Holiday’s have gotten in the way and this is where I currently stand =)

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4 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Glad my post on running in the heat helped. I have learned to love running in the heat, at first though I had to lie to myself that I liked it. Now I can’t wait till it is 4pm and the hottest part of the day to go on my run. Good luck in your goal, keep a positive attitude, do what you know you need to do and you WILL reach your goal! I’m going to have to try some of your recipes, they all sound good 🙂

  2. Love this blog 🙂 I am excited to read as you post. Do you have the “Primal Bueprint Quick and Easy Meals” cookbook? It’s amazing! We have made many many meals from it and have loved every single one! Good luck on your journey! Finding healthy delicious recipes has become a favorite hobby for me …and of course cooking them too!

  3. I fall in and out of love with running, but mostly because I get lazy. There’s nothing more inspiring and sexy than seeing someone running/jogging and pushing themselves towards a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations on all of your success and all that you will accomplish in the future………..Healthy Journey!

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