Here I am as a child in Kindergarten. I remember being fairly confident with lots of happiness and support at home. I was always referred to as a “tomboy” because I loved playing sports… and that didn’t bother me one bit! I was usually out playing football, baseball, or basketball with the boys in my neighborhood. This picture cracks me up because I was the farthest thing from a cheerleader! – 1979
My senior year on the Varsity Basketball Team – 1992
During my senior year, I injured my knee and required total ACL reconstruction. Over the period of about 6 weeks, I lost approximately 20-25 pounds. My guess is that I lost a lot of muscle weight due to inactivity. This is probably the first time in my life that the idea of my “weight” even entered my mind. I had never even considered being on or going on a diet…. EVER! I remember several people commenting on how good I looked and how “skinny” I had gotten. I was roughly 125 lbs. – 1992
I’m guessing I was around 135 lbs at college…
ages approximately 7yrs and 5yrs.
I never wanted to go anywhere… didn’t want anyone to see me… I dyed my hair dark brown…
I cried and cried after she left.
These are several pictures that were taken during my heaviest years. I was mortified every time someone would point a camera in my direction.
My husband is a Chiropractor. Can you imagine having a husband in the health and wellness field and looking the way I looked? I was so embarrassed to meet his patients, I never wanted to be seen at his office. I would go in early or after hours to do paperwork to avoid being seen. I felt so bad for him because I was so depressed that a lot of times I took out my anger at myself on him. I was blaming others for my own unhappiness.
One of my lifelong dreams was to run a full marathon. I ran the Country Music Marathon in April 2007. A full 26.2 mile marathon!!! It was a huge confidence builder for me. I love running and I felt very good about this…. I could feel myself gaining confidence. 165 lbs
Over the next year, I got down to 143 lbs just in time for a vacation to the West Indies to visit one of my best friends!!! I was also training for my second marathon and was able to run 11 miles while on vacation that stretched from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
PS – I shaved off an entire hour of my second marathon! Finished in 4 hrs 15 minutes!
I have been eating the foods I love and learning even more about portion sizes, power foods, and exercise. I have experimented with new vegetable and meal ideas and taken new work out classes, including Body Pump and Bikram Yoga. I LOVE challenging myself to try new things! What I’ve come to realize is that there really isn’t a FINISH LINE!
Click HERE to see my story in the November 2012 Issue of HEALTH MAGAZINE!
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