One day I asked myself a question that would later end up changing my entire life. After watching my best friend completely change her life with healthy eating and fitness, loosing weight and becoming a runner, I was very inspired. I wandered if I would be able to commit myself to eating healthy and exercising. On December 1, 2014, I said to myself, “What if I can do it too?” With a glimmer of faith in my heart I made a decision to go for it.
As I began my journey I reached out for support from other people who had been successful on their health journey. The encouragement and inspiration from others was never in short supply. Everyone is on their own journey. With different situations and experiences, we all have something to share with others. Knowing that other people are pursuing a healthy lifestyle tells me I’m not alone.
In the last 16 months I have lost 155lbs and I’m still going strong. Part of my life is walking/running 5K’s. I am currently training to walk my first half marathon- The Pacific Northwest Marathon on May 28,2016. My goal is to travel the states and the world to be in 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. I am thrilled to be a part of the PNM this year. And just as I have been inspired, I want to help inspire others to achieve their health and fitness goals. When the smallest measure of belief enters the heart, ask yourself… “What if I can do it too?”
Laying in my cozy bed on a cool Fall Sunday morning while listening to the sound of raindrops dancing in an unpredictable symphony on the roof, I feel relaxed and at peace. Reflecting on the journey that I began just 10.5 months ago, it seems to be happening so fast yet in slow-motion at the same time. Each day has been it’s own little space in time, bringing new and many times unexpected adventures. As I am learning to see through new eyes I find myself seeing the world in an entirely new and fresh way. I see hope and a future. I see endless possibilities. I see the impossible as possible. I see unbelief as a new adventure. But most of all I see the best version of me awakening. I’m introducing myself to me. Yes, I look in the mirror and say “Well hello there Stephanie. It’s nice to finally meet you.” “Yes it is, isn’t it?” “I like you.” “I’m glad because I’m here to stay.” Self-dialogue can be quite healing. 😊 Sometimes when walking past a mirror I do a double-take because I don’t recognize my new body. As of December 1, 2014/10.5 months I have lost (never to be found again😉) 123 pounds! I have walked 5 5K’s so far. I’ve began adding spurts of jogging during my most recent 5K, cutting several minutes off my time. I am working out at the gym, training 5-6 days a week. I eat healthy and track my food/calories. The biggest contribution to my continued success is my support system. I am constantly being cheered on and encouraged by my family, my friends and even strangers. I am honored and humbled to know that several people have told me that because of me, they are inspired and have started their own journey of making healthy choices to loose weight and be physically active. I’m realizing that my weight loss is so much bigger (no pun intended lol) than just me dropping pounds. It’s bringing hope. What a blessing. Words cannot express how thankful I am. Knowing that my struggles and tough moments are helping others is what keeps me motivated to push forward and not give up. It’s so worth it… and so are you.
Change is inevitable. Especially when someone is pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. Lately it seems as though I am faced with more and more changes than ever before. I have to say that I’m not thrilled about it. Just when I think I’m getting into a nice rhythm something always changes. The response to change is very important. I have been challenging myself to see change as a positive thing instead of a negative thing to fight against. Not all change is bad. And some change is very necessary and healthy.
Day by day I am learning to ride the wave of change and have fun. The growing process helps me find out who I am. I’m strong, brave, beautiful and valuable. Enjoy the change and take it day by day. You’re worth it!
On December 1, 2014, I had no idea that this day would go down in history. It was the day I began taking back my life. I began logging my food tracking my exercise using MyFitnessPal and my new gifted Fitbit Flex. Shortly after radically overhauling my unhealthy eating habits, I read an inspirational article about a 600 pound man that had started the journey to take control of his health by eating better foods and walking for exercise. After doing so for a short time he decided to walk at least one 5K a month for the year. After reading his story, SUDDENLY hope filled my heart. I thought “If he can then so can I.” Immediately I went online and registered for my first two 5K’s for April and May 2015, one of which was the Pacific Northwest Marathon. I continue to register monthly. As I was thinking about actually walking 3.1 miles all at one time, It seemed so scary and a bit impossible, but I chose to just do it and give it my all. I have been overweight my whole life. Physical activities have been challenging. So I tried to avoid most everything that I perceived as too hard to do. Since starting my ‘Journey To Freedom’ through healthy eating and exercise ten months ago I have lost 116 pounds! I am being reborn into a completely new person. I’m building strength in my body and gaining confidence like I’ve never known to be possible. This process is amazing, scary, beautiful, messy and rewarding. Highs, lows, ups, downs; I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And the support that I have chosen to surround myself with fuels my passion to keep going and never give up. I’m so thankful. So if you are young or old, a newbie or extremely athletic, don’t be afraid to try something new. For me it all started with walking. I have completed five 5K’s so far this year and I will continue to do one a month. My goal is to run my first 5K in 2016 and eventually a half and full marathon. Thank you Pacific Northwest Marathon for making me feel so welcomed into the world of walking/running! Anything is possible if you allow yourself to believe it.