At 36 years old and weighing 315 lbs, my life changing point came after visiting a amusement park with my 2 boys and being denied access to a park ride because of my size. This was the point I knew my life had to change. I began walking around the park a couple miles a day and soon started to change my eating habits, then started to up my walking miles. This wasn’t easy but the pounds started to come off. After loosing 130 lbs I started to hit the gym because i was very unhappy about the extra skin. Walks soon turned into runs on the treadmill, once I got myself to the point I was running a 5k on the treadmill I brought my runs outdoors. Running was doing a couple of things for me it was helping to rid the last 35 lbs I needed off and it was changing the shape of my body. I was loving it, soon my runs turned into long distance runs and I was at goal weight. At this point I was entering all 5k, 10k, races in my area that I could do! Running was now a sport for me in which I had never had a sport I was part of! After running for a year I had decided to make my next goal a 1/2 marathon, I was out on a training run one morning and had collapsed, lucky for my my husband and I had a fitness ap on out phones that allowed him to track my runs and he had noticed I had stopped moving on the tracker when he found me I was brought to the hospital to find I was having a heart attack. I was 39 years old and this comes after loosing 165 lbs and being at my goal weight for a whole year. I was devastated, but I was in the best shape I had ever been, i was doing everything right nutritionally, I had faith i would bounce back fast. Within 4 weeks after my heart attack I was back running and 6 weeks out I was running my first 5k again! Now I knew that 1/2 marathon was back in the picture with the ok from my cardiologist 8 months later I ran my first 1/2 marathon to go an run my 2nd one less than a month ago. After realizing that I had the determination to shed 165 lbs and become an avid runner, running 24-30 miles a week, I knew that I had total control of my own fate! My end result is I am happy as ever at my goal weight for 2 years now doing what I have found comfort in and love, RUNNING!! Looking at my weight loss journey I tell everyone that this was never about dieting this was making a lifestyle change that my whole family has embraced!