About Me

I’m Andrea, a 30 year old single woman living life one stride at a time. Running, dancing, laughing, and kissing my way through this wild adventure. I started this journey over a year ago tipping the scales at 200 pounds and was barely able to run a minute at a time. If you ever feel like you’ll never become a runner, read my blog and know that you should never doubt what you are capable of.

I started my running journey way back in my sophomore year of high school. I thought it would be a good way to lose weight, meet new people, and impress some guys. Yeah, being the slowest, chubbiest runner on the team does not impress anyone when you’re 14.

Sophomore year of high school

After running on the team for one year (and actually “lettering” in the sport), I took a break from running until senior year when I joined the winter track team.

After a few years of lounging around in my jammies in the dorms at college, I gained a good 20 pounds and picked up running again since I knew it was a sure bet to lose the weight. This was also the first time I tried Weight Watchers. I went from 195 to 176 in my senior year of college.

Me, 21 years old, 176 lbs.

In the years between 2003 and 2006, I moved back and forth to Florida twice to work for Walt Disney World. I ended up moving to PA to be with “the love of my life” in January of 2006 and packed on the pounds I lost when I was in college plus 10 more.

Me, around 205 lbs.

I again lost the 20 or so pounds again, bringing me to 176 pounds again. My boyfriend introduced me to a local nature trail, and I started out by walking it a few times a week, but then I started the Couch to 5k program. I quit the program after Week 5 though.

But the pounds came right back in January 2008, when I moved back to Delaware to be closer to work, and “the love of my life” moved to Colorado and turned out to not be “the love of my life”.

You gotta love the yo-yo, right?

I joined the YMCA shortly after moving back to Delaware and started exercising pretty regularly, but I didn’t change my eating habits that much.Β  I blamed my weight on many things… PCOS, heridity, anything I could think of. I’d go to doctors and complain that I just couldn’t lose the weight. I had read that women with PCOS tend to have problems losing weight due to insulin resistance. One doctor told me “there’s no secret to weight loss.. it’s simple… it’s calories in, calories out.” I was infuriated. Did he not know I had medical problems?

Well, he was right. After seeing this picture from my best friend’s wedding…

Bridesmaid at BFF’s wedding, 203 or so pounds

I began going to a weight loss doctor in May of 2009, and the program he has put me has completely changed my life and my relationship with food. But most of all, I have become a runner. My doctor made me think beyond my excuses, and I started making real changes in my diet and exercise program.

I started the Couch to 5k program again and ran some 5ks. Over the summer, I decreased my time from 37:10 to 33:44.Β  By the end of the summer, I entered a 5-mile race. At the time, this was the most daunting task I could ever dream of, but I did it and finished in just over 1 hour.

After finishing that exhausting 5-mile race, I told myself I wasn’t going to stop there. I was going to try a longer race, and since I have wanted to run the Disney World Marathon since 2003, I decided to sign up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, and subsequently signed up for the NYC Half Marathon. Both are in March 2010, and once I finish both of those races, my plan is to enter the Walt Disney World Marathon 2011.

Since May 2009, my body has gone through a lot of changes. Here are some of my progress pictures…

May 2009, 200 pounds

June 2009, 193 pounds

August 2009, 183 pounds

December 2009, 180 pounds

January 2010, 177 pounds

Difference in my face

175 pounds… 1 day before my first half-marathon. March 6, 2010

As of January 2011, I’m back to 205 pounds. I’m steadily working on losing the 30 pounds I’ve gained back!

I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and more than anything, I hope you are inspired by my journey!

Please email me with any questions- runeatdatesleep (at) gmail (dot) com


47 Responses to “About Me”

  1. thefitbridesmaid February 1, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Hey, just found your blog! Way to go with the running! Definitely inspirational! Good luck running a half marathon!

  2. Erin February 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog. You have a fantastic story that hopefully will inspire a lot of people. Way to go! πŸ˜€

  3. Melissa February 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Brand new to your blog!

    I worked for Disney too! I was part of the College Program during the fall of 2004. And I’m planning to run the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon this fall. I’d love to follow your blog and see you train for the full in 2011!

    • runeatdatesleep March 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

      Where did you work on your CP program? Did you enjoy your time there? I have mixed emotions about the whole thing πŸ™‚

      Maybe we can meet up at the Wine & Dine. I will hopefully be registering soon!

  4. Dawn March 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    You look awesome! You’ve done a great job! I’ve been trying to lose weight also. I have lost some pds but it has been so hard and slow! It seems if I don’t workout for a week, I gain pounds! You are inspiring! Good luck @ Disney! You are a true Princess!

  5. Rachael March 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Hey! I just started reading your blog. Congrats on the Disney 1/2!! I read back a bit on your blog and I’m from South Jersey so the snow was definitely getting me down for a while too! Keep up the great work ❀

    • runeatdatesleep March 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to follow along with your blog as well! πŸ™‚

  6. Anne P March 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Great meeting you, too πŸ™‚ Your before and after pics are awesome!

  7. Kelly March 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    what an inspirational story. I have always wanted to be able to run a marathon. I think I will focus on the 5k’s for now, eventually 10 k’s, then we will see. great blog πŸ™‚

    • runeatdatesleep March 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      Thank you very much! I’ll be sure to follow your blog as well πŸ™‚

  8. Emily March 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Okay, so I read your recap of the Princess Half and then started reading more of your blog and I’m hooked! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hear how the NYC Half went.

  9. hundredtenpounds April 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Your pictures look fantastic! Great job! πŸ™‚

  10. Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me April 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Came across your blog and wanted to say hello! πŸ™‚ Loved your story.

  11. Lauren @ One Day at a Time April 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    You are a beautiful person inside and out! Your story is very inspiring, thank you for sharing. I wish you all the success in the world and I hope you reach your goals.

    I’m just getting back into running…I’ve never done any real races and I’m signed up for my very first 5k in June. Your running progress is amazing and definitely something to aspire to.

  12. Ashleigh April 18, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I love your story!! I’ve been up and down myself and now I’m trying to get it off and keep it off for good πŸ™‚

  13. Mandy April 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Great work πŸ™‚
    I love your before and after pics…your face reminds me a bit of Ellen Muth.

  14. Yokasta July 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Awesome job!!! Keep it up!! I’m on the same journey myself. Started running last November. I’ve lost 37 lbs. so far. Question about the NYC Half: Did you go through the lottery or a charity?? My husband & I just registered for 2011. Hopefully we’ll be chosen.

  15. Maria July 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi! I found your blog through someone else’s blog through the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Group on Facebook πŸ™‚ Ahhhh….social networking! Anyway, I read your “About Me” post and really admire your drive. I just started running a couple of years ago to lose some weight and have become addicted! I love the high! For a while I was too chicken to run in a race. Then I sucked it up and registered for a Koman Race for the Cure this past June in DC. I discovered that nothing beats crossing a finish line!

    I’m planning on running in the Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon in Feb 2010. I’m so nervous because it’s a little more than the 3.1-mile Koman Race, lol.

    Anyway, just wanted to send out a comment. I’m journaling my training and eating for the marathon at http://maria-runningoutofexcuses.blogspot.com/

    Any helpful advice would be great!


  16. Sabrina July 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    I just found your blog and its very inspiring. Your progress pictures are great and you look great. I am a non runner and signed up for the Princess Half in Feb 2011. Last week I joined a running group and have been doing the couch25K for about 2 weeks. It’s ALOT harder than I thought but I am determined to do it! I plan on doing a 5K in September and am Hopi I can make it!!

    Any advice or motivational tips would be great!!


  17. Lauren @ Team Giles August 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    You go girl!!

  18. Shelley September 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Hey just found your blog through THS, all the best with the move!

  19. Katie September 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Andrea,
    I just found your blog via the Healthy living summit videos and just wanted to let you know that I was touched by your speech how blogging has impacted your life in a positive way. Not only were you the “slowest girl” who is still running, but you have accepted yourself and shed your “fat girl” image. That was really inspiring to me. Just wanted to let ya know!

  20. Lauren September 11, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Yay! Dishney Princess Half-Marathon! I want to do that soooooo bad πŸ™‚

  21. Lessons in Life and Light September 12, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    Hey girl! I loved reading your story! And your pictures are amazing. I do Couch to 5k too. I started last fall then quit when it got too cold. After my miscarriage, I let myself just be lazy for a month. And I just started over at Week 1 on Wednesday. It felt really good and was easier than I thought it would be!

    Super glad we found each other. Looking forward to keeping up with you!

    • Lauren September 12, 2010 at 9:46 am #

      Same here, I ❀ your blog! Where in Colorado are you moving?

      • runeatdatesleep September 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

        Thank you πŸ™‚ I’m moving to Glenwood Springs.

  22. mikala September 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi! Somehow I stumbled upon your blog…way to go on your weight loss! You look fantastic πŸ™‚

  23. nicole November 9, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Just found this blog through And Her Little Dog Too! πŸ˜‰ (such a great blog) Wow, you and I are similar…congrats on the weight loss! Did the Dr treat you specificaly for a PSOC friendly diet?

    Where are you located? I am in Northern VA, just moved from Philadelphia for “the love of my life” and I need to make some changes in my lifestyle. What type of Dr did you see for the help with the weight loss? Nutritionist? family Dr? I cant find anyone who tells me the same thing you heard. I am active and eat well but may have PCOS and have trouble losing weight.

    Any direction on a type of dr to see would help me so much. You can email me at nicspang@hotmail.com if you have a minute. THANKS and Good Luck!! I look forward to reading up on your blog!

  24. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) January 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I just found your blog and you are truly inspirational. I cannot wait to read more!

  25. lenniejane555 February 15, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Hey! I just found your blog and love your story. πŸ™‚ I will definitely be coming back! Thanks for the inspiring post!

  26. Fit-Zaang February 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Very nice bio story!

  27. simplyshaka April 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi I just stumbled upon your blog and love it. Your pictures are so inspiring!!

  28. Lauren April 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    hey, your life is my life! thank you for being a single blogger, aha.

  29. Molly Richards June 22, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Wow Andrea-you are such an inspiration!!! (Im sure you have heard that before: ) I met you on Twitter and then came to read your blog today and all I can say is you rock- i love your honesty, your awesome attitude and motivation!!! I am excited about following your blog.
    I am not a runner ( I have never been good at it:) but became obsessed with workouts like Turbo Kick which then led me to Beachbody- the company that makes P90X and the meal replacement shake Shakeology which then led me to become a Beachbody coach and its changed my life. I think you would be awesome at it too- If you want to take a quick look at this video you can: http://bit.ly/ewa9PE It explains what I do as a coach but last month working at it part time I made $3K which isnt so bad doing something I love.
    Keep inspiring people- I got a little teary reading about your journey, oops I mean your venture by the way! You rock, keep it up!!!!
    -Molly Richards

  30. Carly July 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    You are very inspiring – keep up the stellar work! You’re lifestyle change is really incredible.

  31. Faith August 7, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Hi Andrea! I just found your blog and I have to love it as a fellow Criminal-Minds-Junkie/Runner in central florida! I can’t wait to read more of your posts – keep up the awesome work with your running!

  32. Jennifer August 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Andrea,
    Just found your blog through Healthy Disney. I’m guessing you live near Orlando, since it looks like you drop by WDW whenever you feel like it?!?!? I’m totally, totally jealous. It is my dream to one day live close enough to WDW to be an annual passholder. For now, I go about once a year–I leave next week for my next trip! Look forward to following your blog (and living vicariously through you)!

  33. Becca July 11, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I just came across your blog, read your “about me” section and literally got goosebumps reading your weight loss journey. Your blog is very motivating, and you look great in every pic! I have run all my life (since 13). When I was 25, I was in a pretty major accident where I broke all of my cervical vertebrates, among many other bones. I was lucky to be alive and not paralyzed, but I developed a serious love of cooking, eating, and drinking during that time and in the last 10 years πŸ™‚ I continued running marathons and half marathons after gaining about 40 lbs since college. After I had my son, my blood pressure actually go high. Thank combined with seeing a picture of myself, and I knew I was going to have to get control of my eating because obviously my body was so accustomed to running that I could run heavy. I am down almost 30 lbs since November (on weight watchers) and I run about 25 miles per week when not training for anything. I still love to cook, eat, and drink, but now I know how to do it in moderation πŸ™‚

    Best of luck on your journey!!

  34. Elisa Rinaldi August 14, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    omg i have pcos too…. thats why i have been up and down in weights since highschool like i would lose so much weight and then gain it and gain more

  35. thehealthyapron February 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Losing weight is such a struggle and it’s so much more than calories in vs calories out! It’s our environment, it’s stress, it’s emotions, it’s lack of figuring out your hunger/fullness signals. There’s ALOT working against us! Hang in there! Keep positive! You can do it!

  36. Julie June 26, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I just found your blog and love reading about your journey!

    • Andrea June 26, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks, Julie! Welcome! I’ve moved over to withasideofmagic.com.


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