SweetMelissaKae & I 2 nights before our first 5K! Picking up our packets
SweetMelissaKae & myself in Cacun, MX -- October 2008
A group of us in front of Stonehenge near London, England
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Weight has always been an issue for me. I've always been the chubby kid picked last for any type of sports team (even though I was actually really good!). As you can imagine, this lead to a lot of self-esteem problems and never feeling like I was good enough.
Well, things have changed quite a bit since then. When I was in High School a really great friend taught me how to love myself so I was then able to gain self-confidence and love others. He showed me that people should like me for me and if they don't, it's their own loss. This really helped me to feel comfortable in my own skin and really helped me to be myself and make amazing friends in college and beyond along the way.
I have tried this whole "diet" thing so many times in my life, usually with a little bit of success, but nothing to write home about...until now. I have started working out almost everyday and have been sticking with a lifestyle change for over 3 months now (a new record!), and I think that is key...this isn't a diet...it's a new way of living. The gym is no longer my enemy, it's my friend. The trainers aren't scary, they are there to help. They want you to succeed. I love getting hello's from people at the gym -- they recognize me. How odd is that? They have what I like to call the "we" mentality. It's always, don't worry "We'll get there." I'm not alone in this journey...you are jumping alongside with me. And, I want other people to know who are just starting their journey, that from what I've seen Sparkpeople also has the "we" mentality. You are not alone in this journey. We will get healthy together. We will get in shape together. We will do it.
Anyway, that shy kid from 3rd grade has now grown into a vibrant, vivacious, voisterous 26 year old woman. And she couldn't be happier with who she became. So far she is 23 pounds lighter, the best shape she has been in since she can remember, and is a very happy young lady...just looking for Mr. Right.
Just remember, we will do this together. You are not alone.
I would like to be able to run a 5k by this summer. The date has been set, May 2nd will be my first 5k. Completed in 36:11!
Next race: 4.5 miler November 26, 2009 then 13.1 mile half marathon May 8, 2010
I want to be able to look at myself in a photograph and not want to immediately rip it up.
I want to actually stick to a program for a change.
I am working with a personal trainer at a gym in Indy to get started. I am strength training a 1-2 days a week and using the elliptical or treadmill at least 3-4 times a week.
"If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live" - MLK, Jr.
"What you've gotta be able to focus on its you, it's about you...Anytime you start feeling that fear, welcome it. Hands up, eyes open, I welcome this. Don't give all that fear, that power. It's time for you to start seeing what you are capable of...You will come out of this victorious. I believe in you, you believe in you, and there's no failure in that." -Bob Harper, from the Biggest Loser on NBC (air date Jan 13, 2009)
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