Welcome to 110 Pounds and Counting! If you’re new to this blog, I imagine you are feeling that pull towards self-improvement that January tends to bring. January is a time of reflection and a time of renewal. It’s like we get a second chance to do those things we want to accomplish in our lives.
We’re passed the stressful, go-go-go of the holiday season. We’ve come through the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve-eating-orgy probably with a few extra pounds and most definitely in need of a Christmas cookie detox!
If you’ve stumbled onto this blog for the first time, welcome! You’ve come to the right place. I write about a lot of different things here, one thing being how to balance healthy living, exercise and eating good food. I used to weigh over 250 pounds. I was unhappy and unhealthy for a very long time. Losing over 100 pounds was the best gift I could have ever given to myself. I turned my life around and improved my health–I was no longer developing diabetes, I no longer had high blood pressure.
My message to you: don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of trying to lose weight and get into shape. It’s a scary endeavor but it doesn’t have to be. The idea of losing 100 pounds seemed too magnificent for me. So I decided to lose 50. Taking a big project and breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals worked for me.
It took me a little over a year and a half but I lost 110 pounds and I became a runner. I ran a 5k, an 8k and then took the leap and raced in the 2010 Hood to Coast Relay Race! My feats didn’t stop there. I biked 55 miles in Reach the Beach and 72 miles in the Portland Century. Doing things that challenge my body, my stamina and my mind make me happy.
I’ve kept the 100 pounds off for over three and a half years now. Fitness is a big part of my life but I love it and try to make it fun. That’s the key to staying on track! I hope that my little stories here can inspire some of you to make changes that you’ve always wanted to make but weren’t sure where to start.
If you’re wonderding where to start, try reading this series I wrote:
I hope that series gives you a good place to start. And then of course, come back tomorrow and read some more. 🙂
QUESTION: What is your New Year’s Resolution?