The reason I started this blog, is the hope my experiences may encourage other women to exercise and eat healthy, and in turn train their families to do the same. I chose running because it has helped me the most. Yes, it is and will be a lot of work but nothing easy will make big changes .So if you are like I was, you also need to sweat away the weight, while watching what you eat. So if this gray haired forty-six year old mother of ten can find the time to better her and her family’s lives, so can you. You and your family are worth both the sweat and work.
Do you want to know why I love to run and what got me started?Here we go.
I was always active, but when you have children you seem active in a different way. Chasing toddlers around all day, washing clothes, and fixing meals do not burn the calories. Baby after baby gave me more “baby fat”. You have the kid’s junk food that calls to you at your weakest moments. Fast and easy to prepare food would win over what was good for you.
Well I knew I was fat and out of shape, so I googled to find out how bad it was. I stared at that screen for a while, it shocked me to find out I was considered to be obese. After the shock wore off I knew it was time to take control and do something for myself. Treadmill here I come.
I started very slowly, but I was consistent. I walked more than I ran; as time passed I ran more and walked less. The pounds came off, some quickly and some slowly, I lost over 65 lbs. slow progress is still progress; I felt better and had more energy. I went from size 16-18 to a size 4, Wow!
Still I got side tracked with life, and added some of the weight that I lost back. Then I read about a lady who faced the same problem, her solution was to schedule to run a race every few months to maintain her training. This made sense to me, who wants to pay and sign up for a race and then go out and do poorly, not me. I got my competiveness from my Mom as she loved a good game, but always tried her best to win.
My husband saw a sign advertising a race in town, the Lottie Moon 5K. I was worried because I hadn’t run outside yet. Not to mention I didn’t want people watching me train. So my husband graciously helped me train .He is so sweet, he wasn’t even a treadmill runner and he ran to help me.
Wow! Running was much harder on the road; it was really hard not walking most of the way. We practiced the route that the race would follow. It was so much harder than the treadmill was, but we completed it. My husband kept telling me I could do it, and we did.
During the race, I was determined to not walk, not even one step. I felt like dying as the first half was almost all uphill, but I didn’t walk even though I really wanted to. I didn’t want to give in, I could do it, I wasn’t about to. Surprise, I ended up getting third place in my age group, so never give up! You can do it! I was surprised what I could do and you will be too. You only fail when you give up.
Within a month my treadmill broke beyond repair, so the road replaced it. I was comfortable now with running outside, and prefer having the breeze in my face. I trained our Australian Shepherd, who loves running, so I wouldn’t be alone. When he sees me in running gear, he follows me around excitedly, whining behind me, not letting me out of his sight. Afraid I would forget him; this was when I really became a runner.
Now at least three times a week my husband, our two dogs, and I run. We have some children running as well; they join us for shorter runs with their own dogs. Our daughter after running a 5K was asked by a Cross Country coach to join the team. She is running 10K’s and training her own dog, while looking forward to being on the team.
Running not only helps me to keep fit it, also relaxes me and temporally frees me from laundry, dishes and many other chores. Whether you are a Mom of one or many, you need to find some time to reflect, this makes you better at what you do. I have gotten many solutions to problems while running. But if I don’t get a solution I will have more energy, patience and a better attitude when I am back in the most important race of all life.
Commit thy way unto the Lord ; trust also in him ; and he shall bring it to pass.
So what motivates you to be active and eat better?
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