I have been doing a lot of thinking about my running and how far I have come after doing nothing but couch sitting for 25+ years. The life of obesity needed to change and come to an abrupt halt…
I come from the western side of Maine. My parents were french, and both lived in Quebec before crossing the border to start a life in Maine. Living in a small town had lots of advantages. There were no computers, netflix, or bigscreen TV’s. We made our own fun.. we ran, we skied, we skated, played tennis, went hiking, swimming… we did it all. Most of us were very active and enjoyed a simple but fulfilling lifestyle.
I was always thin, active and very competitive growing up. Once I met my husband, and after getting married and having children, I found myself too “fat” to do anything, and it was just killing me inside, mentally and physically. Having a job where I was on the computer all day, didnt help matters either. My mind was going crazy because on the outside I was a fatty, but on the inside I was still a slim, muscular runner. Around Christmas 2011, I was walking through the hallway at work and glanced at my reflection in the window. For some reason, that day, it shocked me. I decided right there and then that I was going to do something before I died from heart disease, like many in my extended family.
What are my goals for the future? First of all, to run without injury. Second, to improve my times, and hopefully speed up a bit. Most of all, I am in this for the long haul, and my goal is to keep it that way. Even though I am currently recovering from an Achilles surgery, I am still actively running as much as I can tolerate. I’m not sure what the future will bring, but if I have my way, running will still be a big part of my lifestyle.
I wish any of you that are on a weight loss journey the best of luck. You only have to take a few steps to start a life changing transformation. I did it, and you can too!
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