Couch Potato to Distance Runner
I grew up as an athlete. Dance, basketball and softball were driving factors in my life. I took them seriously and my life revolved around them. Then, freshmen year of high school, I had a devastating leg injury, a compound fracture of my tibia/fibula that left me wheelchair bound for 6 months and on crutches for another 6. 1 year and 5 surgeries later, I started to rebuild. But, that year away messed with my athletic skills and left me on the sidelines, the rehab process was long and painful.
In high school I continued eating how I had when I was playing sports, then in college it multiplied. (During this time, I started dating my husband, John. You know how that goes…I ate to keep up with him…not the best plan ever!). We made it through college and the weight came on.
We got married during our senior year of college. Within 6 months of our wedding, I hit the 220 pound mark.
let negativity override my thoughts and I lost track of what was important to me. I hid from pictures, I knew how to angle myself to minimize my own discomfort. I avoided doctor visits because I didn’t want a weight lecture…I hid myself from the world, and put on a happy face…but inside, I was crumbling.
Fast forward a little bit. In 2010, I got pregnant with my first child, Colin. He was born in December and the pregnancy wasn’t easy. I actually finished the pregnancy 4 pounds lighter than I started it. After having him, I committed to exercise and started running with my husband.I got myself down to 188 lbs, but didn’t change my eating habits. 10 months after Colin was born, I was pregnant again with number 2. The day I found out, I was back up to 200 lbs. My food choices didn’t reflect my life goals.
In June of 2012, Lucas was born. This pregnancy was more difficult than Colin’s, and I lost 35 lbs by the midway point. I gained a little and finished the pregnancy at 178, the lightest I had been since high school. But, I still wasn’t living up to what I could be. I wanted fitness to be a focus as well as eating right. I signed up to run a half marathon in October of that year. I started running with my husband once getting the clear from the doctor and hired a personal trainer, Sam, who became a lifesaver.
I finished my first half marathon (The Hershey Half) after intense training in 2 hours, 14 minutes.
Since then, I’ve taken a lot of turns! I’ve continued the training and started training in a power lifting regimen. I’ve also struggled a lot. Eating and moderating it became an obsession for which I needed outside help. I obsessed over numbers and was terrified for the scale to go up; I realized quickly that being at a healthy weight does not mean you’re living a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve learned to break away from the unhealthy habits, to focus on my family and on living life the way it should be. I’ve also learned that the scale is just a number, fitness is more than that.
Today I am secure in who I am. I weigh 125 pounds. I run competitively, so far this year I am signed up for 2 half marathons, my first marathon, a mile road race and four 5k races. I usually place in local races and use my downtime to train. My husband and two sons are my biggest supporters and a love of fitness and healthy eating has become a family focus, central to everything we do.
I’ve also started a fitness blog: http://www.taketwoblog.net. On this site, I share gluten free recipes, workouts and try to inspire people just starting on their own fitness journeys. I’ve seen how fitness has given me my life back, it’s my goal to help others find that same satisfaction.
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