Back in 2006, I wore a size 16 pants, I weighed 175lb (the biggest I had ever been), and my blood pressure was around 180/90. I decided I had to do something so I decided to take my best friend (Bubby, my boxer mix) and start running. I had never ran before in my life. Honestly, I absolutely hated it when I started, but Bubby had so much fun. I made it about 1 mile and was out of breath and had to walk. Bubby stopped and turned around to make sure I was okay, then he started pulling me. He was essentially my motivator to get me back home. It took me about 45 min to go those 2 miles. It was horrible. The next day, I decided to go again since I knew Bubby really enjoyed running. He had fun, it was a little better for me since I ran a little then walked a little.
Bubby and I really enjoyed all of our runs together, and I slowly started losing weight (that was also a great motivator for me!). Over the course of about 2 years, I had done lots of research on weight loss, weight lifting, and healthy eating. The first thing I did was stop drinking pop. I figured out how many calories I should be eating in a day, and decided that I would rather eat the calories instead of drink them. Water and Crystal Light became my new favorite drinks. In 2 years, I had made it down to 140 lbs and wore a size 10 pants. I was so excited, but knew I could do better.
I joined my gym, Fitworks, in 2008. I started taking group classes like weight lifting classes, boot camp classes, spinning classes, etc. I had my 2 free personal training sessions with the certified personal trainers and learned so much! I started losing more weight, and gaining muscles in places I didn’t even know could look like that!
Since I started running in 2006, I have ran in several 5K events, I have ran 2 Turkey Trot races (5 milers), and I am going to be running my first Half Marathon in May at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati and my first Full Marathon in October! I ran the Turkey Trot in 2011 in 40 min. I was so excited!
Looking back over the past 6 years, I realize how far I have come. I now weigh 125 lbs, wear a size 5 pants, and my blood pressure is 110/70! I started a healthy living and running blog (www.healthyrunnerwife.com) to share what I have learned, and to help you realize that it is possible to be “the skinny girl”. I am, in no way, a medical professional. I am just here to help you live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy a long, healthy life!