It was May of 2013 when I realized my fitness and health aha moment!
I had weighed the most I had ever weighed at 155-160 lbs and was fighting depression, knee and back pain, and anxiety. I am petite at five foot so you can imagine this extra weight was a contributing factor to some of my other symptoms. You would find me in the bed or the couch for the majority of the day. I would constantly munch on things that were not good for me. Potato chips and ice cream were my weakness.
I went to the doctor to find that my B -12 levels were very low and was prescribed weekly shots and medicines to help fight my depression and energy levels. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes runs in my family. I got scared that I was heading down that same path. I knew I had to make a change with myself both on the inside and the outside.
No prescription drugs were going to fix that. The change had to come from me. I committed myself to eating better and joining a gym.
One year later and I have lost thirty pounds and feel so much better both on the inside and out. I am active, as I make it a point to jog or walk daily. I have also incorporated these changes with my family as well. We strive to live healthier and more fit lifestyles. I want to be around for my children when they get older.
Today, I am committed and passionate about helping others with their health and wellness goals.
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!
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.