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Losing the Weight for Good!

My aha moment came after my husband and I got married in October of 2008. I saw the pictures and knew I needed to do something. I decided it was time to get healthy and lose the weight for good! I joined Weight Watchers in November of 2008 and lost 60 pounds. It took me about a year and a half to lose the weight and I have kept it off since then. I should note that my husband lost 40 pounds and has also kept off his weight.

Since losing the weight, I became a runner. And my husband is now a runner as well. On July 12 of this year (2014), we participated in our 100th race! We’ve been running for about four years. We have completed three half-marathons and will be running our fourth half-marathon on October 19, 2014 in Denver, CO.

Running is something I never imagined I would ever do. And here am I now. I am a runner!

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Training for My 1st Marathon

Hello,

I am so excited to be an ambassador and be part of this great community.  I have been running since 2011. This may sound odd but I decided on a whim one day that I wanted to run a half marathon. I never was interested in running until then.

I started training and signed up for a 5k to test this whole running thing out. I ran my first half marathon in 2012 and haven’t stopped since. I have run multiple races of varying distances and I am currently training for my first full marathon.

That’s a little info about me. I can’t wait to get to know everyone.

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Ready to Sweat Pink :)

Hi Everyone!

Time to share my story with all of you fantastic, passionate people.

I guess you could say we’ve all had our ins and outs with physical fitness over time.  I know I have!  I never realized how it could pull me out of a personal hole until about a little over 3 years ago.

I had left my steady 9-to-5 job to pursue a passion of mine (although maybe not as financially stable…big mistake! lol) in the hopes that it would let me spend more time with my daugther, as I am a single mom.  I worked weird hours and fell behind financially. I barely had time for my daughter and then my father was very sick.

At first, I thought I was in a funk.  Just weighed down by the day-to-day and out of sorts. It started to envelope me. I began to notice that I was not engaged.  I lost my joy for the simplest of things.

I decided that maybe I should go and see the doctor.  I arrived at her office and sat in the waiting room.  I love my doctor.  Been with her forever.  She delivered my baby.

I sat down, she asked me what was wrong, and I cried.  Sobbed.  I thought I would not stop.  She was able to calm me down and ask questions about how I was, what was happening.  I was diagnosed with depression.

She, along with my awesome family, were an amazing support system.  She told me that I had to continue my physical fitness, as it was important for not only my physical health, but for my mental health as well.

Through a personal trainer I had had before I ventured down the rabbit hole, I was able to continue working out, and start running again.  As hard as it was for me to go out and be amongst people at that time (because in my head, people would SEE my mental illness, like a cartoon bubble over my head), I did it.

But it was running that became my outlet.  Running that helped me clear my head and connect with myself again.

I started my blog when I became injured, as I wanted to share my story about running and mental illness.  To reach out to the running community and connect with like minded people.  I have met so many wonderful, passionate, supportive people in doing so.

My newest passion is hot yoga.  I can’t get enough of it.  I hope to start cycling once I have my knee operated on here in the hopefully not so distant future!

I am so excited to get to know other SPAs and support everyone on their own journey.

………..and I can’t wait to Sweat Pink!

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