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Not long after graduating college with a degree in Criminal Justice, staring my first “real job” as a child welfare caseworker, and getting married, I would have said I lived a great life, until I discovered – and not without a whole lot of things going really wrong first – that there was more to life and more to myself.  For my entire life I have struggled with a thyroid disorder that left me worn out and feeling sluggish most of the time, but it wasn’t until I found myself about 75 pounds overweight and on the border of becoming a full-blown diabetic that I decided to do something about how I felt and looked.  The first step was to get my mind set straight – and for me, being told I could, among many unpleasant things, die an early death- did it!  

After the first step, the rest just seemed to fall into place.  I started strength and circuit training.  I started eating the right foods at the right times, I started writing everything down, and I started running.  Don’t get me wrong and think it was all a breeze from there…the changes I made in my lifestyle came a little at a time, and I had the constant encouragement of my husband, family, and friends.  My very first steps were very small.  I walked into the gym.  I walked one lap around the track.  I ate breakfast two days a week.  I swapped out one serving of rice for a vegetable.  I drank more water.  I started getting books on fitness and nutrition.  I started talking to other people about what they did to stay healthy.  And I ran – for 20 seconds at a time.
Compared to those first baby steps, I have taken amazing strides to get where I am today.  Not having a clue about what to do in a gym turned into strength training three days a week with a personal trainer who is now my friend, Dan Edghill.  One lap around the track turned into more laps than I can sometimes count.  I eat breakfast every single day.  Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, and clean foods have become my primary diet.  I drink water almost exclusively.  I have a fitness and nutrition library!  I can’t get enough of what other people have to say about their personal fitness and weight-loss journeys.  And I can’t get enough running – I joined a local running club and run five to six days a week sometimes for two or more hours at a time.
My life is different – and not only in terms of fitness and nutrition.  I have lost over 50 pounds, stabilized my thyroid hormones, decreased my cholesterol levels dramatically, and am no longer at high-risk for developing Type II Diabetes.  I am happier, healthier, and enjoy my life so much more than I used to.  I want to be around people again – especially my husband, Michael, and am no longer embarrassed by the way I look around him.
The person that I was is not the person that I am now, and I know is not the person I will be as I continue on my journey.  Welcome.  I hope my blog can help you also become the happy, healthy person you know you too can be!  And with that, a final thought… 
“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a Catalyst…. a spark that creates extraordinary results.”
~ Anonymous

Comments

  1. Awesome! You are an inspiration!!! And I love your “Words to Run By!” What a simple but great mindset! A great big congrats to you for all of your accomplishments thus far, as I am sure there are many more in your future!

  2. Awesome! You are an inspiration!!! And I love your “Words to Run By!” What a simple but great mindset! A great big congrats to you for all of your accomplishments thus far, as I am sure there are many more in your future!

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