“I wasn’t your typical “big girl.” Oh, I certainly qualified for that title at 300 pounds for at least a decade… but I didn’t see myself as that big. I felt like I took up a lot of physical space but I didn’t see a big girl in the mirror. I didn’t hate myself. I was reasonably active, ate reasonably well, but couldn’t seem to lose the weight.
I spent a ton of time at the gym swimming, biking, running, and on the elliptical but not doing a lot of strength training. It was boring to me. My goal at the time was to do a 5k on the elliptical at a 10 min/mile pace. I never reached that goal.
At 44, the extra weight wasn’t affecting my health or quality of life but I knew it would eventually. So, I put some focused efforts towards losing weight. I tracked everything that went in my mouth, every workout I did, and actually started seeing the number on the scales start to move! It was a commitment, to be honest with myself every time I logged my food but it was paying off.
In about 18 months, I was able to drop 115 pounds. Once I lost the weight, I ran my very first 5k race, at a 10:30 min/mile pace. Not quite my 10 min/mile goal from when I was heavy, but I was happy with it.
And then the dreaded plateau hit, hard! When I couldn’t stop the weight from coming back on, I started to get complacent and ended up gaining 30 pounds of my hard earned loss back. When my clothes started to get snug I knew I needed to haul myself back on the wagon and get back on track.
I hit the pavement and started running again. My first 10k was a study in insurmountable walls. At mile 3, I was seriously wondering, what I was thinking, running 6.2 miles. I ended up walking most of the way back to the finish line and was happy I was able to finish. I’ve run several races since then. My Couve Clover Lucky 7 mile race pace was 10:19. With each race, I am getting closer to my 10 min/mile pace goal!
Since working with Nathan and Jamie, I’ve lost 10 pounds, and have the mobility to enjoy my future grandkids, and am training for my first half marathon in October. My weight loss has been slow but it is going back in the right direction. I have gained strength and mobility that I didn’t know was missing and I have learned to enjoy the journey and feel success in my training towards my goals. Most importantly, while working with Nathan and Jamie I have learned that success is in the attempt… not perfection.”