A Life Overhaul

I have struggled with my weight for most of my life, after learning to turn to food as a coping mechanism at a young age. I spent my early adult years yo-yoing and trying different diets that I could never stick to, and weren’t particularly healthy, and also being completely sedentary. I gained over 60lbs with my first pregnancy, tipping the scales at over 250lbs after having the baby, and only lost a little more than half of that before getting pregnant with my second child, who was born in 2013. In between those two pregnancies, I also sustained a knee injury, leaving my knee permanently damaged. As I continued the cycle of losing a little, then regaining plus extra, the pain in my knee reached a point where I was having trouble sleeping at night, and I was having to wear a supportive brace just to make it through the day.

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I realized that the knee pain was only the beginning, and if I didn’t do something about my weight and my lifestyle, I would likely encounter more serious health issues. I also thought about my two young daughters, and what kind of a role model I was being for them. I wanted to be around for them for a long, long time, and I did not want them to go down the same path I did.

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January 5, 2015 was the day I decided to overhaul my lifestyle. I weighed in at over 260lbs that day. I started weighing and measuring my food, making healthier choices, and walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical for 30 minutes on my lunch break a few times a week. It was really hard at first both physically and mentally, but I kept going. As I lost more weight, my knee pain subsided a little and I added more exercise to my routine. I hadn’t even attempted running for a very long time because I was afraid that my knee wouldn’t be able to handle it. After losing close to 75lbs my knee pain was almost gone, and I decided one day to just go for it. I ran for 5 minutes straight that day, and I remember feeling thrilled that my knee held up, and proud that I made it 5 whole minutes. That was August, 2015 and I haven’t stopped since. I pushed myself a little bit more and a little bit more, and slowly increased my endurance. I ran my first race, a 5k in October, 2015 and as soon as I crossed that finish line, I knew I was hooked. Since then, I have completed several more races including 5ks, 10ks, and a half marathon. Crossing the finish line at my half marathon was one of the proudest moments of my life, and a feeling I will never forget. I’m currently training for two more half marathons that I’ll be running this year, and my ultimate goal is a full marathon. I am registered for the 2017 Edmonton marathon, the half, but I am debating training for and attempting the full. If not this year, I’m coming for the 2018 Edmonton marathon!

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last two years, it’s that I can accomplish any goal I set for myself if I’m willing to work hard at it. If I can go from barely being able to walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes to running a half marathon, I feel like I can do anything.

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And possibly the best part is that my daughters love running with me, and talk about their mommy the runner all the time. 🙂

Comments

  1. You are one of the most inspiring and motivating people I know. I’m proud of your amazing accomplishments.

    Your hard work has paid off. Way to go Tracie!

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