My story starts in February 2012, while on vacation in Florida, my boyfriend took a picture of me at SeaWorld. When I saw that picture, I quickly realized I somehow let myself go and I needed to figure out a way to get myself back.
Within 24 hours of getting home I joined Weight Watchers to help me keep track of food. And that worked within a year I had lost over 60 pounds.
I needed a new challenge and thought what better than to run a 5K on New Year Day. I trained for that 5K and as the race got closer, I got more excited. It was miserably cold on the day of the race, like -9 degrees Fahrenheit cold, but I still got myself out to run that race. I ran that race, or as much as you can run when you are frozen through and through. However, I knew when I finished that race that my life was forever changed, because I had found a new love.
Running helped me lose another 30 pounds but more importantly it helped me find myself. I have become a stronger more confident person, I believe I had both attributes before running, it just helped to bring them out even more.
Running has helped me push myself outside my comfort zone. I started a blog to put myself out there and help others going through some of the same challenges and struggles I have. I have ran 5 half marathons! I am training for a triathlon! I am an ambassador for a women’s running series, if that doesn’t show how running changed my life I don’t know what does! I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing those things before I picked up running.
I am the person I am today because of running! It has been an amazing journey, and I am looking forward to seeing where running will take me in the future!