Comeback Half-Marathon, May 5, 2013 (BMO Vancouver Half Marathon)
I recently had the biggest health scare of my life and the doctors and nurses who have cared for me tell me how lucky I am to be alive, what they are not saying, but what any fool would know, is that part of the reason I came so close to meeting my maker after what should have been a minimally invasive surgery, is my weight.
I think my story isn't any different than most people here, I've had issues with my weight my entire adult life, in fact, I started having issues with my weight as early as 11 years of age.
I have gained and lost several hundred pounds in the last two decades, and yet, I am still struggling.
Last year, on the eve of my 37th birthday, I had to face my biggest fear head on, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes runs in my family, I have seen people die of diabetes-related complications, but I was in denial, thinking that simply wishing it away would keep it away!
It did not.
So I am here once again, determined to make LIFETIME changes. I am not going to diet, I am not going to drive myself insane with guilt, I AM going to learn healthier ways to cook, make healthier choices and get moving. I will try new sports and I will become the self-proclaimed gym rat of yesteryear! I WILL REGAIN MY HEALTH!
I am a former marathoner so my goal for 2012 is to hit the road and kick some asphalt once again! I would like nothing more than than to complete a 1/2 Marathon this year and if my health allows it, I WILL!
I LOVE LIFE---it's too bad I had to learn the hard way how quickly I can lose mine. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, it's truly the ONLY thing that matters!
***UPDATE: I completed my first 1/2 Marathon in a little over 5 years this past weekend, May 5th, 2013 and have lost a whopping 25 lbs. so far! The best is yet to come!
Reach my pre-Canada weight by the end of May, I have 7 lbs. to go!
Reach a healthy weight of 130-140 lbs.
Stay within a range of 1500-1850 calories.
Exercise at least 6 times per week.
Dedicate 8 hours to sleep per night.
Take my daily multi-vitamins.
I am interested in AIDS Charities (have ran 3 marathons to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles), have volunteered with APLA and are a big supporter of Project RED and Keep a Child Alive. I love to travel and my hobbies are photography, reading, writing and music--Frank Sinatra is my favorite! I love to read true crime and my favorite author is Ann Rule.
"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of Heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor" Oliver Wendell Holmes
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| Pounds lost: 13.0