I started my blog on June 22, 2010 for the purpose of motivating myself to lose weight. My first post had one tiny picture of a goal that I had put out for myself if I lost weight. In the past two years, one of the topics I mentioned a lot was losing weight, posting about pounds, goals for weight loss, etc. I did a lot of different things from Weight Watchers to trying to workout to eating less. Nothing really worked.
On Sunday March 6th, 2011, I started the Couch to 5k program. With that, I also started doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred with some other bloggers that I still keep in touch with today. We motivated each other with tweets and posts about how we were doing. To be honest, the weight at that time never changed much. What did change? My mentality and lifestyle.
On that day when I put one foot in front of the other and stepped out the door on day one of that program, I remembered what it felt like to be active and proud of myself (I swam in high school and played water polo in college…I packed the pounds on late college and after graduating). I ran 6 miles for the first time on May 6th, 2011, and for some insane reason, I signed up for my first half marathon.
After I ran my first race (a 5k in August), I was hooked. I’ve since run a handful of races and am on my way to running my first marathon in January.
But in the mean time I’ve lost weight. And I’ve done it by changing my lifestyle, eating habits, exercise goals, and mentality.
I’ve found enjoyment in going to the gym and working out.
I’ve found a new love for classes that I wouldn’t have previously been caught dead in.
I’ve discovered that if I don’t take care of myself, no one else will.
And in it all, I’ve lost weight and transformed my body and mind.