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How Sarah lost over 40 pounds…

13 Jan

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I get asked a lot about how I lost my weight and how I got into running. It didn’t happen over night, it took years of me being over weight and "trying" (not really) to lose weight. I told myself I was a happy person, I didn’t need my world to revolve around food and how many calories, fat, etc I was eating. Truth was it did revolve around food, but in a bad way. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Never thinking about the consequences of my eating, or the example I was setting for my daughter. I had high cholesterol and my liver levels were not in the normal range, I was 40 pounds overweight and out of shape. I ate my meals like it was my last one.

Not sure why it finally clicked but in June 2011 (the 13th to be exact) I actually started my journey. Here are a few things I changed right away.

  • Started walking
  • Went cold turkey on cheeseburgers and fries for one WHOLE month.
  • Switched flour tortillas for corn (it’s the little things)
  • Started eating the Special K protein bars for lunch, usually with fruit, veggies, cheese, etc.
  • Quit drinking Dr. Pepper
  • Starting drinking water and lots of it!
  • Cut my portions down
  • Started eating breakfast. I’m still not a big breakfast eater, but I’m trying.
  • Protein Shakes
  • I started tracking all my food and exercise in My Fitness Pal.

I sarahbeforecan’t believe I’m making this picture public, but here I am October 2010, 40 plus pounds over weight. Sadly this picture wasn’t enough to get me active until June 2011. 

 

 

It was hard at first, really hard. But once I started seeing results it became easier. I tell myself every day I am happy, I am healthy. I will not go back to being 42 pounds overweight!

I walked 5-6 days per week, 4 miles at least with a friend. We walked all summer that year. When the time changed, it was harder for us to walk during the week so I started trying to run. I made it 1/2 mile and I thought my lungs were going to explode! I kept trying and I would run 1/2 mile, walk 1/2 mile and so on.

A friend talked me into signing up for a 5k on Thanksgiving Day that year, so now it’s getting serious. I did that 5k and I was hooked! I decided to sign up for the Cowtown 10k which was February 25, 2012 and my training began. I didn’t follow any specific training schedule, I just ran, each time increasing my mileage just a little bit. By the time February hit I was at 7 miles and I had lost 42 pounds.

I still struggle with eating the right food. I don’t have any special diets like Vegan, Vegetarian and Paleo. I just try to eat the best way I can. I still eat almost all the same foods I just cook them differently and eat less of it. I have been trying new veggies. I still don’t like asparagus. I did recently try spaghetti squash and I will try it again. I do love Broccolini!

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I have days when I don’t make the right choices, I just know the next day is a new day. I can begin again.

I love being able to encourage others. I love that I have made new friends in this journey. I love that I am a good example for my daughter. I think I have made my little family proud of me. I never thought I could achieve anything at my age, let alone be running half marathons and be considering a full marathon. I never thought I’d get up before the sun to run. I don’t get up that early for anything but vacation!

I never thought at my age that I’d have something to be this proud of. I run to set an example for my daughter. I run for my health. I run to compete against my old self, the out of shape self, to prove to her that I don’t have to be her anymore.sarahchristmas

 

You can follow Sarah on her blog, How my world runs.

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Ultimate Reset: Day 6

4 May

Day 6. Feeling super mellow today. Not much of an appetite at all.
I didn’t eat my breakfast until after nine this morning. That’s about 3 hours later than normal. Breakfast was some avacado, tempeh, toast, and steamed spinach. Very filling and very good.

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My boss let me off two hours early today since it’s my birthday week. So, I was off at noon. This worked out perfectly because I needed to run out of town to get groceries for week 2. I packed a healthy lunch for the drive. I did not feel like eating, which is so not me! I packed some carrots, green apple, and some almonds.

Dinner was a zucchini and cashew soup and roasted root vegetables (beets, carrots, and onion). The soup was alright, too much for me, but I ate it all like a good girl. The veggies were super good!

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Not too shabby of a day. Feeling a little bleh and tired, but that’s expected. Very excited to go to bed early and sleep in. I hope my little man heard that last part!

Excuses…

9 Apr

Last weeks workouts:
Monday: Chest + Back + Balance & Ab Ripper
Tuesday: Plyocide
Wednesday: X2 Shoulders & Arms & Ab Ripper
Thursday: Rest
Friday: TurboFire 60
Saturday: Base & Back & Ab Ripper
Sunday: Run

What a busy week! The last couple of weeks I have used a day for rest. Which is something I rarely do, but I started a new schedule with P90X 2 and I think my body just needed it. I didn’t take a day off because I was lazy and didn’t feel like it….that’s lame. I believe in listening to your body in order to prevent injury or illness.

I was not able to run very much this week. My husband works long hours in the spring, so I go when I can.

I sure didn’t feel like working out today. I got off work, started laundry, and decided to gut out and clean my bathroom closets, and re-organize my makeup case. What a crazy life I live.

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A few laundry loads later I looked at my little man and said, "It's time to go workout buddy." He gets so excited.

It is quite interesting working out with a 2 year old. When I am doing push-ups he seems to think that I am making him a bridge to crawl under. Or, he drives trucks up and down my back. Do I get extra points for difficulty?

When he was 1, I had to wake up at 4:30 am to fit my workout in. If I didn't do it first thing in the morning, I was at risk of missing it entirely. Now, not so much. I make a point to fit in an hour workout daily. Why? It makes me feel better and I never regret it.

The moral of my blabbing is: get your workouts in. Are you better at making excuses? Stop it *smack*
My challenge for you is to stop with the excuses and show your body some love! You only get one body. It is a great gift! Take care of it!

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