Well here I am from 220 to 160 and from couch to Triathlon:)
Don't might if I do pat myself on the back:)
There is no crazy diet thrown into this mix....believe me, I have tried them. And have always gained back as many of us have. This time I decided that the key word in the journey was going to be "fit," not "skinny."
So about 2 years ago I started. I joined a gym and very painfully stepped onto the treadmill, plagued with embarrassment of my current weight, wearing spanx under my workout clothes, and pressed "GO." I hired a fantastic trainer, Jesse Johns, and worked out with him once a week. I decided to set physical goals for myself that would force me to train. My first accomplishment was last spring when I competed in the Warrior Dash. It was the first competitive race I had ever done and it was awesome. I was hooked.
|Lynn & I|
I proceeded to compete in 2 additional mud-runs last year. One being the Muck Ruckus to benefit MS, for my friend Shannon.
|Team Red Hot Mama!|
|Me & Gina|
|I actually made it!|
And also conned my husband, Brett, into doing the Gladiator Rock and Run with me!
|Brett & I|
|He may or may not have been channeling his inner Old School's "Frank the Tank" (love you ,Brett!)|
Do I go to the gym everyday? No.
Do I eat perfect all the time? No.
I do what I can each week putting forth as much effort as I can depending on work, kids & Brett's travel schedule. I make working out a priority each week and pre-plan as to when I can fit it in.
And I always tell myself that a 20 minute workout is better than no workout at all.
I eat better.
I feel better.
So coming into 2013 I began the search for a new challenge and in February I signed up for the "My First Tri." I got my friend Nicole to do it and another friend, Erin, had registered as well! We gave ourselves a little over 3 months to train and on Saturday, June 8th, we did it!
|Erin, Me & Nicole|
I still can't believe it. I became a triathlete.
|I'm a purple hat somewhere up front on the right. I came out 3rd in my age group for swim!|
|Nicole & I coming in to the transition|
|start of 3 mile run|
And I can't wait to do another one. Actually, I have already scouted one out for September!
My time was 1 hour 40 mins and I am super excited to see how I can beat this now knowing what to expect.
Of course, there are always a few lessons learned.....
- In that quarter mile swim I couldn't help but wonder where that wall was that I so graciously pushed myself off during practices into each lap went. Note to self, practice more open water swims. There is NO wall to propel yourself forward.
- When you are kicked in the head, don't freak out. Lifeguards are everywhere....you are not going to die!
- Must figure how to grow gills to flush out gallons of consumed water. Lake water. yuck!
- Must practice cycling on hills. Period.
- And why, OH WHY, is running so boring to me???? Seriously, I get annoyed with myself and how I can't get over this. Must learn to sing and run so that I can entertain myself although others might find my mix of Jay Z, Maroon 5 & Gotye confusing and a bit psychotic.
And my favorite part crossing the finish line was my cheering section! Super thanks to Brett, Braxton, Wyatt, Ken, Barb, Caleb, Maddie, Leigh Anne, Shannon, Jason, Jack, Dawn & Riley for the support. It was an awesome feeling crossing that finish line and having you all there!
|Nicole & I....mission accomplished!|
|Me & My Boys|
|Wyatt, Ken & Barb|
|Me & my Red Hot Mama (Shannon)|