how i started

Thursday, October 22, 2009

last winter i lost a lot of my appetite. it wasn't necessarily in any unhealthy way. my emotional state was fine, i would just get distracted and not eat often enough. at that point i still had about 15 pounds of postpartum weight my body was hanging on to. when i started to lose weight friends noticed and commented on how good i was looking. who's going to hate that? i wanted to keep that going.
many of these same friends were raving about jillian michael's 30-day shred. i got a copy and started exercising 3 days a week. then i would try to cut out some of the excess of unhealthy foods i ate. by the end of last winter i was hovering really close to my pre pregnancy weight. i decided that wasn't good enough. i knew i was overweight then and didn't want to continue like that.
at the same time a friend was running. i didn't know she was training for a marathon at the time. her daughter was only a couple months younger than mine. once she ran it i thought "now i don't have any excuse. why can't I do something like that?" i committed to doing a my own marathon. when the adrenaline rush ebbed i became a little more reasonable and decided on a half-marathon goal.
i heard of the couch to 5k program and started to do that at the beginning of the summer. i was finally starting to like running! it was amazing! i had run track my last year of high school but hated it. i was slow and intimidated by running distances over a mile. this was SO different. i felt like i was accomplishing so much. when i hit 20 minutes straight of running i felt like i could do anything! it boosted my confidence so much just to be able to do that.
i'm now towards the end of my half-marathon training. the farthest distance i've gone is 9 miles. i've already signed up for my own marathon next may and plan on doing a 20 mile race in february just for the fun of it.
now that i have an established work-out routine i'm trying to focus more on building healthy eating habits. but if i can do this i know i can do anything.
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