At Goal, down about 90lbs
May 2009, 223lbs
Right before my wedding
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One of the hardest parts about this journey is finding support and people to bounce ideas off of and learn from. You know, the community part.
Most of the time you can find me at Fitblogger.ca.
I would never say that running is fun, far from it, some days it is a form of divine torture but on most days, it is the closest thing to perfection that I can find...
I'm a 30 year old stay at home mom of a 3 year old girl, I have the same story as countless others.
I started to gain weight around 9 years old, I have pictures of skinny at 7 then really large at 10. Not sure what happened but it really doesn't matter anyway, what's done is done. Around 25, I lost 55lbs to hit my lowest adult weight of 167lbs then I found my great love, we had a baby and I got fat, again. Somewhere in there I thought that maybe I could eat like him, with his darn hollow legs and I didn't want to have to work so hard, I got lazy, eye off the prize, whatever you call it, I call it cellulite. So I began again, at 223lbs, 3 pounds heavier than before to do this again for the last time.
On the road back to myself I've had countless revelations, changed things about myself that I never ever meant to but my diet and life are virtually unrecognizable to the person who began this in May 2009. I started to read everything about nutrition and fitness that I could find, each book leading to the next until ultimately I have become a vegetarian and have run 13.1miles and that would mean, a half marathon is possible because I can already do it.
This is astounding to me but it has been months' worth of baby steps, a very positive attitude (most of the time, ok maybe 50%) and a whole lot of hard work.
So today I'm fitter than I have ever been in my life, can run for two hours without stopping, and enjoy it, almost :). I can do a pull up, like with a bar, like a man only better because I'm not supposed to possess that much upper body strength and workout 6 days a week, often twice a day, once again, because I like it. I'm also thinner than I have ever been, today weighing in for maintenance between 135-140lbs but that has become less and less important as time goes on, which may just be the greatest victory of all.
Weight Goal Achieved: December 2009!!!!
Now onto the other goals:
In January 2010 I began my Personal Fitness Trainer program so in two short years I can became a certified personal trainer.
I have struggled with some IT Band issues for a few months this year that completely sidelined my marathon hopes this time around. It's feeling better now but I am all for letting it heal properly and that means not pushing for a long running race at the moment. So I decided to do a triathlon. The cross training will do my body good and why do one sport when you can do three, right?
To lose 83lbs - Done
Half marathon - 2:05 Kelowna BC, Oct. 2010
Sprint Triathlon - 1:39 Alberta August 2010
To become a Certified Personal Trainer - In progress, started January 2010
2. Whole food, plant based diet, no crap, no chemicals and no animal products or dairy.
3. Weight Training 6x a week, heavy weights with failure at 8-10 reps (because girls don't get big!)
4. Cardio 2-3 times a week if I'm not trying to build a lot of muscle. If I am, then I do less. Usually run, do HIIT or intense body weight circuits. If it's not hard, it's not doing anything :)
5. Lots of sleep, meals every 3 hours (300 calories or there abouts) stretching, yoga, and above all respecting myself, I come first.
Books I have found useful or life altering:
The China Study
In Defense of Food
The Beck Diet Solution
The Food Revolution
50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 days
Crazy Sexy Diet
The Raw Food Diet (recipe book)
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