The reason I don't talk about weight much here is because in the grand scheme of things, I just hope to help inspire people to get out there and run. I don't care what size you are. Everyone can run, but not everyone does. And the reason I rarely touch on my personal weight loss is because I have no great Cinderella story. There are definitely some majorly inspiring stories out there with regards to weight-loss. Katie and Jen come to mind.
My friend Eve and I decided it was time to lose some weight and became one another's accountability partners. After about 2 months of very light eating, I was down to 180 lbs. A 16 lb. loss. Obviously, not the healthiest weight loss because I was really eating probably too few calories and felt hungry all the time. Ugh.
In late February 2009, I started attending a bootcamp type fitness program at 5am, 3 days a week. On 2 of my off days, I would run - usually 45-80 minutes (I couldn't care less about mileage at that point). I was slow and often scattered lots of walking throughout that period... usually not running more than 1 mile at a time. (The bootcamp also included a fair amount of running.) Three months later in May 2009, I weight in at 164 (down 32 lbs), and commited to running my first half-marathon.
(This photo was just after I finished boot camp.)
Between May 2009 and December 2011 despite my 1500 miles of running in that time period, my weight stayed stagnant... well except the standard 2-3 lb fluctuations. On January 1, 2011 after a Christmas of eating and very little running (I was pooped from my Dec. 5 marathon), I was up just a smidge to 168.
As most people do, on January 1, 2011, I declared that it was time to finish my loss (it was one of my 2011 goals on this blog). My original goal was 150, and I let myself stay stagnant at the mid-160s. And I again procrastinated this goal until my training for marathon #2 started in mid-February. But then I took on the challenge. For the first 2 weeks, I just tried to be a little more conscious of what I was eating... then by week 3, I started calorie counting (something I've always thought I'd loathe). We're now on week 8 of marathon training, and I'm happy to say that this morning I weighed in at 156... down 12 lbs.
To be continued with the details of the "how"...