Update!!

Hello Friends! It has been entirely TOO long since I’ve written to you. So many wonderful things have been happening that I’ve honestly just been enjoying life and living it fully. I was sitting here trying to figure out where I wanted to begin filling you in and I decided I’d start with my proudest moment first. I’m going to start at the beginning, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and get comfy while I fill you in on my weight loss journey 🙂

So much time has passed since the last post I did about my weight loss on February 11, 2016!! At that time, I was down 22.4 pounds and had a goal weight of 165. I also had a goal of walking in five 5k races. I have done so many things in the last 11 months to improve my healthy lifestyle.

At the end of last February, I saw an ad on Facebook about joining a Piyo Challenge Group run by a woman named Cheyenne Tracy. I had no idea what Piyo was or what a Challenge Group was at that time, but I knew I needed to do something to keep me motivated on this journey. I signed up to join the next group and the rest is history. I had daily accountability and encouragement. I joined as a coach just a few days after signing up and have been in LOVE with Beachbody, what they stand for and the amazing people that surround you. The Piyo program lasted 8 weeks and during that time I lost 11 pounds and over 10 inches!! I was motivated and supported by so many amazing women during my journey that it just fueled my desire to continue this lifestyle even more.

Piyo Before and After

10/9/2016 was the one year anniversary of the day I stepped on the scale at my heaviest (198.6 lbs.) and I’m happy to report that today, 1/31/2017, I weigh 161 pounds 🙂 That’s a total loss of 37.6 pounds since the beginning of my journey. That also means I’ve hit my goal weight of 165 I set at the beginning! I continue to do Beachbody programs every day including 21 Day Fix, Cize, Country Heat, Core De Force and of course, Piyo.

After Core De Force

My after photo from the last program I did, Core De Force 🙂

Now onto the other goal I had set at the beginning of my journey, to participate in five 5k races. My first 5k was the Rocket Blast-Off on March 5th and it was freezing cold. I attempted to walk/run my first ever race which I’m not sure was the best idea. I did more walking than running, but finished with a time of 37:11. That set my baseline.

Rocket Blast off 5k

The next 5k I participated in was the Glow-4-It race on April 30th and this one I walked with some of my girlfriends. We had a great time and since it wasn’t time, we just took our time and enjoyed each others company.

After that, it was on to Madison for the HER Madison 5k. I did this race with two of my mom’s friends. We arrived the night before and enjoyed some downtime before the race the next day.

Madison

fireworks

We had a great time and walked most of the race. I didn’t want to leave them behind so I just kept pace with them 🙂 My time for that race was 49:03.

HER Madison 5k

The next race we signed up for was in my hometown. I used to run this race with my mom, aunt and cousins many years ago. We were just kids back then! Unfortunately, this was going to be a race to remember. The morning of the race, just before we got into the car, I received a phone call from my father letting me know my grandma has passed away earlier that morning. I dealt with an array of emotions on our way into town. I’ll spare you the rollercoaster and just say that at that very moment, I decided we were going to run that race, start to finish, no stopping. I ran my heart out that day. I didn’t train, I’m not a runner, and had only a few days before that, gotten an inhaler for my exercise-induced asthma. To say I was unprepared to run that race is an understatement, but I was determined to push myself harder than I ever had. We ran the whole thing and I had every emotion pouring out of me by the time I finished. I started out strong, with feelings of empowerment, knowing I was running this race for her. I cried when we ran past the care facility where my grandma had died earlier that day, my husband rubbing my back trying to help ease the pain knowing I wasn’t going to stop. I ran with anger up a hill I thought I’d never make it up and cried tears of elation when I saw the end in sight. Tears of sadness, hurt and loss hit as we crossed the finish line and then a sense of pride, knowing that I had just done something I’d never done before. Finally, calm came over me knowing that she was free and back with grandpa again. I finished that race with a time of 33:15.

grandma

us

The last race of the year was the Fox Cities 5k and took place the day after a family wedding. I only add that in because I had to talk myself into doing this race that morning because I enjoyed one too many cocktails the night before lol.

wedding fun

Even my husband was trying to talk me out of it, but I dragged myself out of bed and ran the race. I’m so glad I did it. It was the first race I ran by myself and I’m so proud of myself for doing it. Believe it or not, my time wasn’t even that bad at 34:50!

Fox Cities 5K

So there you have it! A very long post filled with HUGE accomplishments and hurdles cleared. I’m so glad I finally finished writing this post as it was a great review for me to see how far I’ve come 🙂 I promise that my next post won’t be this long and I’ll write it sooner than next January 😉 I hope you all are doing well and that this year will be one filled with wonderful memories and dreams realized.

1.5 year difference

What a difference one and a half years of healthy choices can make 🙂

 

Much love,

Liz

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