- Posted August 26, 2013 by
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Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
If you don't like something about yourself, change it.
I've been heavy since middle school. I'd lose weight here and there, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, but never lost all I needed to, and never kept it off. I turned 32 years old in May 2011 and was just struck with how unhappy I was inside and out. I made a very conscious decision to change anything in my life that I didn't like, that I have control over. I significantly cut back on carbs and started running. I'd run 5.6 on the treadmill for 5 minutes, walk for 4 minutes, and do that for 30 minutes. I then progressed to running 1 mile, which I did in 12 minutes. And I kept running and running and running. I ran a 5k that October, and by the following spring of 2012, I was down -130 from my heaviest and I ran a half-marathon in 1:48. I was so afraid of gaining the weight back. I knew I couldn't view the half as the finish line. If I made running a lifestyle, I'd just be a "runner" and not a "dieter" and I could keep the weight off for the long haul. I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon last year and ran it in October 2012, in 3:40. I'm now training for my 2nd Marine Corps for October 2013. The biggest lesson of all this has been I'm more powerful in shaping my destiny than I ever thought possible, and when you make yourself your #1 priority, all aspects of your life improve.