Celebrating Milestones

This is part of my journey that I don’t post about but am going to share. Last year, I was off work, had succumbed to sloth-like ways and had put on weight. I was sitting on the couch making awful food choices, including a lot of restaurant food. A friend of mine posted on Facebook that a local gym was putting on a free 2-week challenge where they would be posting 10 minute follow-along workouts to do at home.

Something clicked and I knew that it was time to make a change. I said ‘What the heck, it’s only 10 minutes a day. I won’t die.’ Although they were only 10 minutes, they weren’t easy and I still broke a sweat. Doing that challenge gave me the courage to get out and start walking again. Having been so inactive, it was not easy. I had to keep stopping every little while to stretch. After a few walks, I added some running back into my routine. Same deal, I had to keep stopping. But I kept trying, no matter what.

On April 1st, I said it was time to tackle my weight. I started tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal. It was amazing to see how many calories were in some of the things I was eating and it really helped keep me accountable for balancing out my day both food and exercise wise. It made me determine if having those fries were worth it that day or not. Some days it was (& still is) worth it! I have not deprived myself in the least.

Throughout the year, I started going to a weekly run with another run group. Although everyone is way faster, they are so supportive and I enjoy going. I also crashed a few runs with Team Myles powered by Lifemark last year. I’m happy to be back with them for this year’s Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.

One part I don’t share is weight. A memory came up today on Facebook that was Day 1 of the challenge. It showed my selfie that we were to post to show we did the workout. I decided to throw on the same shirt and take a ‘during’ shot. I say during because I am nowhere near the end of my journey. I see two different people in the before and during pics. The during is 50 pounds lighter, running a few times a week and feeling good about where I am now! I give full credit to that gym for unknowingly giving me the push I needed to get started. I can’t thank them enough and I haven’t even met them in person!

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