Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Story

Many graduating seniors go off to college and put on the imphamis "Freshman 15." For me though my "Freshman 15" started as a Junior in high school. Up until my Junior year of high school I was in pretty good shape. I stayed pretty active by playing two varsity sports and maintaining a busy schedule between work, school and my social life.

My junior year was when I stopped caring. I stopped caring about what I looked like or how I felt. There were a variety of difficult circumstances that led me down this path, but I found my security in eating. I ate and ate and ate ignoring the fact that I would outgrow clothes and had to ask for new clothes every Christmas and birthday. 

I continued this distractive eating into college. My physical activity slowed down because I was no longer playing sports and I found myself being inactive and enjoying the dining hall more than I should have. It was until just before Christmas of my senior year of college that I looked at the scale and knew I needed a change. I looked at the scale and read 250 pounds. I always told myself once I reached 220 I'd lose weight. 220 turned into 230 and then 240. 250 was my breaking point.

In November/December 2007 a couple of coworkers organized a "Biggest Loser" style competition in our office to begin in January 2008. I knew this was my opportunity to have some extended accountability and be able to finally lose some weight. I consulted with several people around me that I trusted for health and fitness advice and came up with a plan.

My plan was to follow the Weight Watcher's Point System for my eating and to use the Couch to 5k Program as my exercise portion. My goal was realized when I completed the Couch to 5k Program by running in the Race to Wrigley in Chicago, IL in 30:58. Up until this point in my life I struggled to even run a single mile without stopping or being completely exhausted at the end. 

At the conclusion of the contest I had lost 30 pounds and despite finishing in 2nd place...I felt I had achieved something. I had finally got the momentum going to lose weight and enjoyed going clothes shopping. It was nice to be on the other side of having to buy new clothes and being able to give clothes to Goodwill because they were too big instead of too small.

I have continued running and my longest run so far has been 6.5 miles. I never really thought of going any further than that, but I have recently set my goal for this year to run my first half marathon and also my first full marathon.

I hope that you'll join me on this journey as I set out to conquer two extremely challenging races. I'm looking forward to the next 11 or so months of training.

Before (5-11-07)

After (3-17-11)

2 comments:

  1. Hey there, very good story, and thanks for sharing as it closely relates to what I went through. In 2007 I was about 245 pounds or so, and started running a mile or 2 and eventually lost about 45 pounds. Now, I am on the quest to lose 30 more, but it is a lot harder now. Good luck in your adventure with the Half and Full Marathon. It is an awesome experience, esp the first one. Take care. Now following your blog! Oh, I like the part were you throw in about accountability. That is a good motivator in itself.

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    1. The initial weight is the easiest to lose, but getting that last bit off is frustrating. I'm hanging at about 170-180...but I find myself struggling to maintain it. It's so much easier now to convince myself "you've lost all that weight..reward yourself by eating that entire bag of mini-Snickers." Thanks for the support!

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