Monday, May 11, 2009

2 year anniversary to a new me

So two years ago this week I joined Weight Watchers. I was morbidly obese and had the worst diet possible. We went away for the prior weekend and upon looking at the pictures I was disgusted with myself. I hated what I looked like. I had started running 3 weeks prior and was gaining weight instead of losing weight. Not to mention, running hurt, bad. I knew that I couldn't make it to the marathon in January with just running, I needed to trust someone else to get me there.

I walked into my Weight Watchers meeting and met my leader Linda. The group was a tight group and I didn't think I would fit in. Week after week the weight started melting off and I finally started talking to people. November I made goal, I was down 62 pounds from when I started in May. (I was down 30 pounds before I got pregnant and never gained that weight back, so my total is 92 pounds) In December I made Lifetime and ran the Disney Marathon in January.

Now 2 years later I don't follow Weight Watchers, but instead am enjoying watching what I eat. I am eating a very clean diet. I have learned from the blogworld that I can have delicious food and be healthy. There are days where I swear I am going to gain weight because I am enjoying my food so much, but the foods are so healthy and filling that I continue to maintain my weight. And I enjoy exercise so much that I can't live a day without it. I run 5-6 days a week and cross train on the other days. I am running my 5th marathon in 2 weeks and continue to finish local races in the front of the pack. If the people I am beating at these races knew what I looked like 2 years ago, they would die. (They are already surprised as I am always wearing a crazy skirt, so I get many compliments from the men I beat after the races.) I know not many people read this blog, but I want to thank the foodie and running online bloggers and forum members. You have taught me so much and changed my life.

Here is me 2 years ago this past weekend.

And here is my girls and myself yesterday.


Caroline said...

Congrats on your 2 years, and running :)

You are such an inspiration!

Both your pics are beautiful. But way to go on the new and healthier lifestyle!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Super progress and great story.. I saw your comments on my family blog, THANKS! I also have a running blog.. Amazing that you have run 4 marathons.. Was the Disney Marathon a blast?? I think it would be fun to get a character medal..

Caroline said...

Just noticed how in your first picture you're sorta hiding behind the kids - I was always doing that too!!!

You look great and really inspire me, again, way to go on the anniversary!!!