Weight Loss Success Story: Nataisha Lost Weight And Became A Fanatic About Running
My name is Nataisha Ramirez and I am a Phenomenal Diva. I use to be a 408 lb natural queen. I have always wanted to lose weight but it was a big struggle. After two children the weight never left and kept adding up. I can remember as a teenager in highschool being on the track team for shot put and disc and not being able to run one lap aroung the track. I have always been one to workout surprisingly; even at 408. October 26, 2005 my life changed for the healthier. I had the gastric bypass surgery because I simply could not get the weight off and with two little children with no ailments I wanted to be around as they got older. It was very rough at first because I had to do everything on my own. My husband is in the military and he was getting ready to deploy about a week or two after the surgery. I had to give myself shots in the stomach and deal with two little children. As time went on it got better. I have found a new passion for running and have wanted to run mostly all my life but could not due to the weight. I now live in Hawaii and they run all the time here. I started a Book club called the Mocha Ladies and February 2010 we decided to run the Great Aloha Run, 8.2 miles. Although I tried to prepare for this run by running a little here and there, it was still difficult. So I am at the start line with the other ladies and anxiety and nervousness begins to set in. I tried to talk myself thru it before the gun goes off but once again unsuccessful. I felt claustrophobic as everyone passed me like a stalled car on a race track. I walked the entire race. After that, I was determined that I would run the next one. August 8, 2010 I ran my first run, The Mango Run. The Mango Run was a 5k and I finished it in 54 minutes. I continued to do several runs after that to include The Breast Cancer Run. I ran the Great Aloha Run again this year and I ran the entire run and shed thirty minutes off my time from last year. I Continually participate in little runs in my area to stay on top of my game. I ran the Wahine Diva Half Marathon on April 17, 2011, my first half marathon ever, and I finished it in 3:24 hours. I love to run now that I have disciplined my body. I am now able to complete a 5k in 45 minutes. It feels good to challenge myself every time I step out my door to run another run. I am scheduled to run another half marathon on May 29, 2011 and the big challenge is the Honolulu Marathon on December 11, 2011.
I want to encourage anyone that thinks that they can not because if I can they can. My moto is if you believe you can you will. I still run races and I plan on attending a personal trainer certification in May so that I can give back to those that are struggling with their weight and need someone to motivate them and encourage them that they can do it.
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