October of 2009, you would have found MFH (My Favorite Husband) and myself packing up our belongings and making the move from our long time home in Colorado to our new home in Mississippi. This was a big deal move for us! Granted we had lived all over the country in our (now 31 yrs) marriage, but this was the first time that we had moved because one of us was ill. Me.
When we first moved to Colorado, our children were just entering elementary school and I was a personal trainer at a local fitness center. MFH had a good job. Things were going our way. Then, I got sick.
We were living at 8000 ft elevation and that elevation really did a number on me. Over the course of 13 years, I changed from an active woman into a “obese lump on the sofa” person, dependent on oxygen 24/7. It was due to the oxygen dependency that we were moving to Mississippi. We had family there and the elevation was a lot lower! Hopefully, I would be able to breathe easier in Mississippi.
At the time of our arrival in Mississippi, my 4’11” frame was carrying 275 lbs. I was not only vertically challenged, I was horizontally challenged as well! Fortunately, I found a great Doctor and the credit goes to this guy for giving me a new lease on life!
He carefully began weaning me off the multitude of medications I had been on in Colorado. My weight began to drop. Thinking this was a pretty cool beans thing, I decided to make an effort to encourage the weight loss.
MFH encouraged me to join a gym. I started attending water aerobics classes and fiddling around with the weights. I was faithful in my new workout routine and was seeing success.
Not once during all of this did I “diet.” I ate “sensibly.” Not once did I feel deprived. Everyday I made room for the two foods I loved. Nutty Bars and a beer in the evening. The Nutty Bar is my sweet treat. It keeps me from ripping the kitchen apart looking for something sweet to eat. The beer is my treat for not ripping the kitchen apart looking for something to eat. LOL! Hey, it works for me. 🙂
4 years ago this past Labor Day, my sister asked me to do the C25K program with her. Bear in mind that I had lost between 80-90 lbs by this point but was still 100 lbs overweight. I was thinking, “Piece of cake!” and agreed to do the program with her.
HOLY COW!!! That was sooo hard!!! Looking back on it, if I hadn’t made that promise to my sister, there is no way I would have finished the C25K. Also looking back on it, this program is the best way I know of to help a person get into running.
Labor Day morning I was out there with my 3X5 card. It had all the walk/run intervals written on it. MFH was my timer. He told me when to walk and when to run. I staggered through that first day and was determined to finish the program.
The end of October arrived and MFH, my sister and I ran the congratulatory 5K. Crossing the finish line that day? I was hooked on running. I mean, seriously hooked on running!
I haven’t looked back.
To date, I have run every distance through the 50K Ultra Marathon distance. Presently I am registered for my first 100 mile Ultra. Go big or go home. LOL!!! I am no spring chicken, as the saying goes, but I get a major kick out of women my age or older running these distances. How many 54yo women do you know who don’t bat an eye at a 30 mile training run on a Wednesday morning?
It’s messed up, I know. I also know I am loving every minute of it!
3.5 years after that initial C25K run for my sister, and the weight loss I began with our move to Mississippi, I have lost a total of 170 pounds. This loss has been only through being more active and eating sensibly. Not once have I done a cleanse, used a shake, pill or powder. None of that nonsense. Just real food (plus a few Nutty Bars and beers along the way!) and embracing an active lifestyle.
It CAN be done!!! It does take time and patience. It also takes forgiveness. Not every day is going to be perfect. You will mess up. Forgive yourself and then move on. I will never grace the cover of a magazine. I’m too short (and old!) but for 54 and having two great kids and an incredibly awesome husband, I’m a happy girl! I am blessed.