W/ Gramps in Laughlin. I drove him nuts in the morning - We'd never get down to the casino otherwise
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I'm sorry I have been missing in action for a few months. It was a rough summer with some life changing events along the way. I lost my grandfather in July, and I've decided to participate in the Los Angeles Marathon in his memory. I'm trying to get back into blogging, and I plan to post updates here about my training progress along the way.
For those of you new to my page (and me in general) -- Hi, I'm Amy! It's nice to meet you :)
I'm in my late twenties, and after struggling with my weight for most of my life, I finally gave up the yo-yo dieting (that eventually led me down the path to obesity anyway!) and changed my LIFESTYLE. I was realistic and accepted that long-term weight loss wouldn't happen overnight. I've lost well over 100 pounds, as you can see from my before and after photos to the left :)
I changed my diet by making healthy choices (which I promise I will get around to blogging about), and I also worked very hard at burning calories, too. I logged hours on the Elliptical each week, and I also enjoyed walking and hiking. Eventually I began jogging.
Losing my grandfather was a difficult experience for me, as it would be for anyone. It was also life changing, because he raised me, and I was his caregiver for most of my twenties. I saw him everyday. I bathed him, helped him with meal preparation, gave him his medication, etc. He was my best friend, and we had a lot of fun together. Even though he just lived a mile away, he would spend the night at my apartment at least once a week, and we would rent movies and enjoy dinner. I feel very fortunate I had him in my life for 28 years, he passed peacefully and I got to say goodbye, but I still miss him very much.
I decided I wanted to do something to honor him, maybe run a 5K, but then I started reading about the Los Angeles Marathon and realized it would be possible for me to prepare in time for the March 20, 2011 event. All of a sudden, 5K didn't seem like ENOUGH! :) Since his passing, I've fallen in love with running and it's almost as though I can't bring myself to stop. It's a wonderful free and healthy escape, and my cousin has decided to join me and participate in the Marathon as well!
Wish us luck :)
Complete the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon in memory of my grandfather
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: "Short" 2-5 mile runs
Monday and Friday: Rest
Saturday: Long runs!!
Sunday: Elliptical or walking, hiking
I also practice yoga.
I'm Amy, and I live the Los Angeles area.
"Some things I cannot change, but TILL I TRY I'LL NEVER KNOW!"
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| Pounds lost: 114.0
Hey there! I'm back on SP after a 2-year hiatus. Just thought I'd stop by and say hi. I hope everything is going wonderfully for you!
1020 days ago
Congratulations on your weight loss!
1337 days ago
Hey it has been a while - how are you doing!
1338 days ago
Looking tor an update...how did the marathon go!
1590 days ago
Hi Amy, I've been away from SP for a few months myself. I'm back at losing my weight and find SP a great motivator.
Sorry about your grandfather, but I know he will be cheering you on as you cross that finish line.
You look amazing and are a inspiration to me!
Hope your holidays are filled with love, fun and lots of unexpected surprises!
1733 days ago