Monday, March 3, 2014

My Life...My Journey

I'm starting this blog as a way to share all that I have learned and all that I am continuing to learn about weight loss, healthy living, and distance running. Many people have started to tell me how much of an inspiration I am to them and that is so humbling. The truth is, I have been inspired by many people who have succeeded in journeys similar to mine and if you can learn anything from me, I pray that you use it. There is no reason why any of us should be content to live a life that is less than what we want. You really can do anything you set your mind to. Vince Lombardi said, "The good Lord gave you a body that can withstand almost anything, it's your mind you have to convince." and I believe that wholeheartedly. Please, tell me I can't do something. I'll do it just to prove I can. Back in October, 2013 I wrote a blog post on my Weight Watchers community blog called "I Have a Secret" and I thought that post was a great place to start this blog, as well. In it, you'll see my mindset after just starting WW (I'd only lost around 5 lbs) and just before I started running.
I've never told anyone this. In fact, I think I fear that they would laugh in my face if I did. I currently weigh 270, so I wouldn't blame them. That's not my secret. I secretly want to be a runner. Like run every day, zone out and just keep going type of runner. I was thinking about this the other day and I even remember a time in High School when I thought I should try out for track. Never did it. I was very overweight even then. I did a 5K once, but did it with friends who didn't want to run, so we walked it. There is a 5K in my town every year on New Years Day. I am a kind of afraid to do this, but I'm never afraid of anything I set my mind to. So now you know. I am going to be a runner. I just don't know where to begin. Any ideas or suggestions for me? Did any of you start running at my size?
That was the day I made a decision to change my life. For real this time. I did run that 5k and another. I have also since lost over 50 pounds and now I am training for a half-marathon. More on that later...


  1. Just thought I'd stop by from the DietBet transformer and say hello! Congrats on your progress so far! (I love the blog Runs for Cookies too! So inspirational!). Keep up the great work!

  2. Just found your blog via Katie - congratulations! You've done really well and fulfilled your dream of becoming a runner - what could be more inspiring than that?

  3. Just found your blog thru Katie and I just wanted to say I love it. You both are such an inspiration. I too am overweight with a dream of running. I just started my journey but am determined to be as successful as you both. I have my first 5k to run scheduled in exactly 6 months from today and I'm excited! - Rachel