“Let’s claim this small victory.”
That was the first thought that came to me when I woke up this morning. And then I thought, why is it a small victory?
“Let’s claim this VICTORY!”
And for the next 13.1 miles I wrote my story.
I was surprised and intimidated when asked me to write my transformation story. I didn’t lose 100 pounds, I didn’t, (thank God) go through a loss of a loved one or battle a fatal disease. How could my story be inspirational? I realized though, that I am just like everyone else. I battle self doubt, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence instead of cancer. I was a size 12 pushing 175 on my 5 foot 2.5 inch frame.
My battle with weight loss has been ongoing, but it wasn’t until I turned 30 that I had had enough. I reached my peak of 175 and decided it was time to do something different. I wanted to lose weight and was frustrated when going to the gym a couple nights a week wasn’t getting me anywhere. A friend taught me that weight loss wasn’t going to happen with just 30 minutes on the elliptical a couple times a week. The biggest lesson I learned was this: 1 pound is equal to 3500 calories, if I wanted to lose weight, 3 nights on a treadmill or elliptical was only going to get me about 200 calories a workout, that was 600 calories a week and that that rate I’d lose a pound in 5 weeks. If I wanted to lose a pound a week I needed to cut 500 calories a day from my diet or burn 500 additional calories with exercise. That one lesson was an eye opener to me, it taught me that weight loss wasn’t just about exercise, it was also about diet.
So I started calorie counting and I started walking/running 5 days a week. Over a year I lost 50 pounds. I became a size 0 instead of a size 12 and I became a runner instead of a coach potato. The trouble with losing weight is keeping it lost and in the next 5 years I changed jobs and started traveling a lot. I used race goals and half marathons to keep me motivated to continue to run and exercise often. Running was my “go to” weight loss exercise. My weight fluctuated from 125 to 140 depending on how busy ‘life’ got.
January 2014 I was “on again” race training for a half marathon, (needing to lose about 10 pounds) when I tore my ACL skiing. My first thought was, “Oh no, I can’t exercise, I’m going to get fat again.” I had surgery in February and I was allowed to start running in May. I was so excited to run again but when I did it wasn’t the same. Every step I took I could feel it, pounding on the pavement. I could no longer do 3 miles never mind 13, it hurt and it was no longer fun. Discouraged I just stopped running and stopped working out. In the following months my weight got up to 146.
In January 2015 I decided it was time to put myself and my family first and I quit my travel job. I knew I needed to do something different with exercise, so I went to PushPointe. PushPointe is not just a gym to lift weights in, it’s not a “Y” that offers exercise classes. Sarah, Leonard and the “Effort coaches” care about your well-being and your success. When you work out, you work out mind, body and soul. Their encouragement and concern make you want to come back, when you are spinning on the bike and think you can’t do any more, somehow, “push, push, push, dig, dig, dig” makes you do more. Not only have I lost the extra 20 pounds that I gained over the last 5 years, but I have become stronger than I ever was. I owe all of that to PushPointe and the great team that works there.
As I finish my story, I finish my race… hard… 13.1 in 2:04:01. A Personal Record. I didn’t run a whole lot to train for it, which is different than the other half marathons that I’ve run. I cycled, I Hung ten, I Pumped up, I Barre Cardio’d, I Tag Teamed, I HOD’d, and I believed in myself. I claimed this victory!