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.
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.
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.
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. 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…
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. 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…
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