My weight loss/healthy lifestyle/running journey began in 2010. My Mom decided to have Gastric Bypass surgery. As I’m sure most people do, I thought, ‘Easy fix!’ Then, as I normally do when I want to know something, I researched the heck out of it. For months. I googled my way through studies, webpages, blogs and pictures trying to get a clear picture of exactly what Gastric Bypass was and what needed to be done to be successful at it. Well, what I learned not only gave me hope for my Mom but I also learned that it wasn’t an easy fix. At all. It was more, much more.

Having been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, Pre-Diabetes, High Triglycerides and being morbidly obese (252lbs at 5ft 2in), I decided to see how this surgery worked out for my Mom. All the while, I continued to research to see if it was something that might help me as well. I was miserable. I didn’t want to develop diabetes. I’d tried numerous diets. Tried numerous times to ‘workout’ and lose weight. I have arthritis in my knees and hips and tended to get discouraged easily. I didn’t want to eventually have heart disease.

But one thing I knew. I had to do SOMETHING drastic to lose the weight. I knew that if I could get a ‘jump start’ on the weight loss that I would run with it. (Excuse the pun!)

Decision made, I started planning a strategy, setting up doctors appointments and getting my mind in line with what had to be done to be successful at this surgery and not gain back any weight. I had the ‘diet’/lifestyle formula straight. I knew how many calories, fat grams, grams of protein, how many ounces of water, what vitamins, how many carbs..etc. I had to have to lose and maintain weight loss after Gastric Bypass surgery. I needed to figure out what exercise I could do that wouldn’t cost money, be easy(ish) and keep me in shape. That’s when I was at a party and there was this lady with killer legs and a svelte figure. Amazing legs really. So I mentioned to my good, long time friend that I wish I had legs like that! To which she replied, ‘She’s a runner!’ Running?! Ouch, my knees! But wait! Maybe if the weight comes off…my knees won’t hurt. Hmmm. I researched running. What it would take, how it affects the body and particularly the joints.

On July 13, 2011 I had my Gastric Bypass surgery. Three weeks later, I started the couch to 5k program. I couldn’t even walk for 20 minutes at that point but I kept at it. I was determined to do a 5k.

This is my journey about what I’ve done to sustain my weight loss as well as my running goals….

I’ve gone from a size 22 to a size 2!! My highest weight was 252lbs and I now fluctuate between 127 and 135lbs, depending on if I am training or not. If I am training, I am at the higher weight. Otherwise, I am in the 120’s!

As of 10/04/16, I have completed 10 Half Marathons, 2 Full Marathons, won a few 1st place medals and have 5 more Halfs, another Full and an Ultra Marathon on schedule for the next 6 months!! With the grace of God, I shall complete all of them!