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.