|Megan two and a half years ago and today|
My journey began 2 1/2 years ago. For me, I changed immediately after that first session. The change wasn't physical; it was my attitude, that inner voice was singing a different tune for once! I actually had hope. I believed that I could do this. I didn't see a change in size for a good three months. I was OK with that.
Megan experienced more than physical changes - her attitude changed too.Over the first year, I celebrated small victories:
All these things that skinny people take for granted – I could finally do!
- No more acid reflux.
- No more pain all day long.
- Being able to paint my toe nails and cross my legs.
- Fitting in a restaurant booth.
- Fitting in an airplane seat and being able to fasten the seat belt.
Over the last year, I have not dropped a size. While I am disappointed, I have never wavered. I have had to think about what I have accomplished during this time since I haven't gotten any smaller.
Over the last year, I have run:
- Five 5k's (3.1 miles)
- Two 10k's (6.2 miles)
- One 7-mile road race
- Two half marathons (13.1094 miles) - I'm running the second half marathon this Sunday.
|Megan before her 7-mile road race; August 2014|
I first met Megan after I finished the Hot Chocolate 5k Run in Northampton in December 2013. She recognized me from this blog and introduced herself. I asked her what size she was and she replied that she was a size 12. My response was "if this is how good a 12 looks, then I'm good with being a size 12!"And I'm disappointed that I haven't dropped a size? If I stay this size forever it will be OK with me. I have never been this active in my life and stuck with something for so long!
I came home from my run this morning disappointed. I said to my husband "I was supposed to run nine miles, I ONLY ran 8!"
Springfield Biggest Loser Run - a proud moment for Megan.
He looked at me like I was crazy.
I had just run eight miles and I'm not happy about it???
I needed to put this in writing to remind myself that I HAVE CHANGED – even if I'm not an 8 or a 10.
|Megan and Theresa; Hot Chocolate Run December 2013.|
|Theresa and Megan April 2014|
You don't have to run a marathon to lose weight, in fact you don't have to run at all, but exercise helps transform your mind and body. Find a form of exercise a part of your life helps tone your body. This is your journey and you get to choose what form of exercise works for you.