5K Success and New Goals

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Well, my big goal for 2011 (besides losing weight) was to become a runner again. In high school, I was incredibly active. I played volleyball in the summer and fall, basketball in the winter, and soccer in the spring. Some days I would have a two hour practice, then come home and go to the gym with my sister. When I went away to college my freshman year, I kept the same active lifestyle, playing volleyball and basketball, and then working out or playing tennis with my friends. After freshman year, however, I came back home and transferred schools. Suddenly there was no sports team to play for, no big game to train for, and my workout buddy now lived 6 hours away. In addition to those changes, I had become incredibly iron and vitamin D deficient, and didn't feel well. In only two years, I gained over 60 pounds! I never exercised, and turned to food to comfort me when I was missing my friends and not feeling well. My family never made me feel anything less than beautiful, and for awhile I stayed in a state of denial over my weight gain. Eventually, though, I realized that I wasn't even the same person I had been two years before. I dreaded shopping, wanted to wear baggy clothes, hated being in pictures, and avoided new situations and new people because I was embarrassed by the way I looked. By Christmas 2010, I was FED UP with feeling like crap physically and emotionally. New Years 2011 seemed like the perfect time to change my life. I started out pretty slowly and quietly. I cut out the Cokes I had been drinking daily, added fruit to my diet, and began walking on the treadmill for twenty minutes almost daily. By March I had lost enough weight that I felt ready to start jogging again. I started out jogging for only one minute at a time, then walking before doing one more minute. It took two months before I could run for fifteen minutes, and three months before I could run a mile without stopping. On Thanksgiving Day 2011, I woke up feeling sick to my stomach with nerves. "I can't do this, " I kept telling myself, "I'll never be able to run the whole thing." It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I finished the whole race without a single walking break! That sense of accomplishment was so amazing I can't even describe it. My two New Years resolutions were: Lose weight and Become a runner! I have lost fifty pounds since January, and ran a 5K. Now I've started dreaming up 2012's goals. But that's for another post. =)
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    2313 days ago
    Wow! Good for you! Awesome job. Very inspirational. Sounds like nothing can stop you!

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