Friday, December 2, 2011

THE story....or part of it anyway

***I am participating in a December Back2Basics Challenge on Twitter started by Colleen so this seemed to be the perfect time to post the beginning of my story. ****

This will probably be the hardest post, or series of posts (trying not to make it TOO long) that I will ever write. I'm not embarrassed by my story, in fact, I am quite proud of it. However, I am embarrassed by how far I had to go in my quest for healthy. My story is not unique, there are many other people that I have met in real life and through the internet that have lost just as much, if not MORE, than I have. But, it is my story and if I can help even one person start their own journey to a healthy lifestyle, then it's worth it.

Two years ago, I was 50 pounds heavier than I am now. When I lift my 4 year old who is 45 pounds, it really brings it home for me. I was carrying around a LOT of extra weight. In retrospect, I am very lucky. I didn't have health problems because of my weight. Mental health, yes, of course; I wasn't happy with myself. Starting on that journey was one of the hardest things I've done in my life; admitting that I needed to. At the beginning I wouldn't tell anyone what my weight was, nor would I tell them how much I needed to lose. One reason was that I was afraid I would fail. Over the years I had tried so many diets and would always end up back (or heavier) than where I started.

Looking back, I wish I would have taken pictures along the way to record my process. I do have my "before" picture that started my lifestyle change.
December 2009



I have a few along the way, but not at any specific weight that I recorded.

After my 2nd child was born (August 2009), I started running knowing that it was the most efficient calorie burning exercise. Over the years, I had been an on and off runner (more off than on, of course). The longest running stint I had was in 2008. Zachary had just turned one and I bought a jogging stroller so I could start trying to get into shape. That fall, I ran my first 5K and loved it! November came, I got pregnant and stopped running. We had a difficult time getting pregnant and I was taking NO chances with my pregnancy (even though running has been proven to be perfectly safe with OB/GYN approval). I had even purchased a Garmin Forerunner 305 during my pregnancy to help motivate me to run more.  I was determined to run the same 5K that I had run in October 2008, in October 2009. Seven weeks of training and I did it! After that I set my goal to be able to run 5 miles comfortably. Not quite sure why I chose 5 miles, but to me, I think 5 miles said that I was a runner. (At this point, I still didn't consider myself a runner, I was a "jogger"). Somehow, during this time, I decided to register for the CapCity Half Marathon the following May. To this day, I don't know what possessed me to register for it, but I sure am glad I did!
May 2010

Back to the weight issue....I was running and slowly losing weight. The week before Thanksgiving 2009 I finally made it to 4 miles! I couldn't believe that I was running so far. At this point, I had the mindset that I was running, so I could eat whatever I wanted. (We all know that's not true!) I was feeling pretty good about myself which was huge for me as it had been many years since I felt good about myself. We made it through the holidays and I got my pictures printed (see above). Yep, when I almost didn't recognize myself, I knew it was time for a change. Luckily, my mom had found Lose It for her iPod Touch as she was planning to lose a few pounds. I had thought I would try weight watchers, but with 2 little kids, I wasn't sure how I'd get to the meetings. I downloaded Lose It and started the next day. It was really eye opening to see what I was eating on a daily basis and how unhealthy the food was! Since Jeff is a total gadget guy, he decided to try it with me. Without Jeff and my mom both using Lose It, I honestly don't know that I would have done as well. Seeing the number in black and white every day helped keep me on track. Also, having them as "friends", kept me on/under calorie budget for the day. My pride wouldn't let me go over my calories for the day because I knew that they would see it! With my family's support and the support of my close friends, I was able to keep it up.

We kept up the tracking, I kept up the running and the pounds kept coming off. I reached my goal weight (for the first time) in January 2011. Since then, I have basically been +/- 3-5 pounds depending on my level of training and how carefully I monitor my eating. I've come a long way both physically and emotionally. The scale and I are still good friends, it helps to keep me honest with myself, which is very important to me. I spent almost 10 years being dishonest with myself and I will NOT go back there again. 

--Anne

8 comments:

  1. Congrats on making time for yourself while managing the home and kids! Bet your stress level it's lower too

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  2. Congrats on how far you've come! You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  3. I'm a running mom of 2 boys too and I just came across your blog via HBBC. I like reading peoples' stories - we've all got one. I look forward to reading along!

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  4. Great post Anne. Looking forward to reading more of your journey!

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  5. Awesome post. Can't wait to read the next one. Keep moving forward.

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  6. Thank you all for the kind comments!

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  7. Congrats on such a fantastic accomplishment- a fully changed life! You completely inspire me!

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  8. Wow! I knew you have been on a weight loss journey but as an outsider, being able to see your before and after photos really helps to share the impact of your success story! Congratulations to you on how far you have come! You are an inspiration!

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