Hood to Coast

100 Pound Anniversary – 3 Years

On September 22, 2006 I started a life changing journey. I stepped on the scale at 250 pounds and decided I’d had enough. I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being unhealthy.

250+ Pounds

I had high blood pressure, I was dizzy all the time, my body ached from carrying around the extra weight and I was developing diabetes. That meant I would have to inject myself with insulin–something horrifying to me.  I wanted a change.

About 230 Pounds

I had set backs. I had struggles. I experienced many plateaus in my journey. I gained about 15 pounds and had to re-lose it.  I clocked in many hours at the gym. But I never regretted a single moment of it.

Less than two years later, on August 10, 2008 I stepped on the scale at 150 pounds.

I had reached my goal of losing 100 pounds! It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’d been determined to lose the weight and I did it. Then I kept going! I lost about 10 more pounds.

I am happy with my journey. I did not have surgery. I did not do fad diets. I did not join any “clubs” to lose weight. I did it all on my own. I counted calories religiously every day. I wrote them down by hand in a small notepad. Eventually I upgraded to an iPhone App that tracks my calories and exercise.

The day I weighed in 100 pounds lighter, Michael took me out to dinner to celebrate. I’d stopped eating pizza for almost 2 years (one of my trigger foods) and he took me to the best pizza place in Portland. That slice had never tasted better!

When I was 250 pounds, I NEVER thought I’d become an athlete.

Hood to Coast Relay
  • I ran my first 5K race (Run Like Hell) and the Shamrock Run (8K).
  • Michael and I participated in the Reach the Beach bike ride. It was a joy to train for it. It was an exciting adventure the day of the race. And I completed 55 miles on my bike–even though my bike broke the last 10 miles!
  • I wanted to challenge myself further. I ran Hood To Coast (a 200 mile relay race). I was excited that I was able to participate and complete Hood to Coast without walking!
  • I swam 2 miles!

Plus I’m training for a Century bike ride. The training is going well and I love commuting to work on my bike.

Not only did I become an athlete that loves fitness (hiking, biking and running) but my story was published in a magazine.

I was even on the cover of the magazine. I was shocked when the magazine told me that they loved my story so much they wanted me on the cover. I excitedly bought many many copies of the magazine.

Now, three years later, I weigh about 145 pounds, over 100 pounds less than I used to weigh. I’ve had some ups and downs in those three years, but I feel like I can confidently say, “I lost the weight and kept it off.”

My hope is that this blog and this post inspires other people to lose weight and get healthy. Here’s to another year of weight loss! Thanks for reading!

QUESTION: How are you going to change your life for the better?

Training for Hood to Coast

In honor of National Running Day here is a post about running! I’m also getting a lot of hits from Google searches about Hood to Coast (two birds, one stone).  Hood to Coast 2011 is coming up! I’m not running this year, either is my team (they didn’t get picked in the lottery).

Since so many people are stumbling upon my blog because of their desire to either start running, or prepare for HTC, here are some things I learned along the way in spending a YEAR training for Hood to Coast:

Here is a comprehensive list for Hood to Coast Links:

Training for Hood To Coast:

Fastest Run Yet

Favorite Running Shoes

Favorite Running Gear

What a Great Workout!

Running in a Heat Wave

Running Through Water

Legs Like Jello

Seven Miles Saturday

Hood to Coast Training Run

Training Dilemma

My Last Run: Before Hood to Coast aka A PERSONAL RECORD!

No Headphones in Hood to Coast

Preparing for Hood To Coast:

Hood to Coast

The Hood to Coast Movie

Packing For Hood to Coast

Food for Hood to Coast

How to Have a Great Relay Race

Carb Loading


Running It:

Hood to Coast is HERE!

Day One

Good Luck Lisa!

Leg 12

After my First Run

Leg 24

Hurry Up and Wait

The Home Stretch

Leg 36

Crossing the Finish Line

After Hood to Coast:

Because You Can’t Do Epic Alone

Walking Like John Wayne

How to Recover From Hood To Coast

The Hood to Coast Movie

Why I Wouldn’t Do Hood To Coast Again


Thanks for reading! I hope you can learn from my mistakes and successes when it comes to running, training for a big race, or preparing for Hood to Coast 2011!

QUESTION: In honor of National Running Day, are you going to go for a run?