Here’s an inspiring story from a runner who has battled weight and finally found what works. She is crushing her results and accountability in our current challenge group and I’m so proud of her! Read on for her story in her own words…way to go, Robin!!
My journey with weightloss has always been a sensitive issue for me. In high school, although I was fit, and one of the fastest runners in my state, I always felt like I needed to lose weight. When I went to college, I actually lost a freshmen 15 instead of gaining 15 pounds. I think that was due to me running cross-country and track at the collegiate level. However, when they told me I would not be earning a scholarship, I quit. All of my structure came tumbling down, and in a matter of months, the weight started piling on. Before I knew it, I had put on over 65 pounds. I joined Weight Watchers in 2004. As a competitive person, the points program was working for me…initially. However, I soon learned that I could “cheat” myself by counting “junk food” instead of real food. I’d avoid meals so I could eat garbage…legally. Things were staying relatively constant, but that was because I was running between 50-70 miles a week. I soon learned just how bad my new “healthy” diet was when I injured myself and could not run for a month. I put back on 20 pounds.
Once I graduated from college, I found myself overwhelmed by a real job, and little time to run, or even work out. I went back to Weight Watchers because that’s what I knew. That’s what worked for me in the past (when all I had to do was just run and go to school). However, it wasn’t working. I would slip up, feel guilty, and stop going. The weight would inch up even more.
Then…as many moms find….pregnancy brings out the worst in ourselves. I gained 80 pounds with my first child. In fact, when I went into labor, my blood pressure was so high they told me that I needed an epidural (I didn’t want one), or I was at risk for having a stroke. That was a wake up call for me. After delivery, I could barely fit in the wheelchair to get wheeled to the NICU to visit my daughter. I was miserable. When she was 6 weeks old…I went back to Weight Watchers…again. I shed nearly 30 pounds, and entered into the last semester of my Master’s Degree where stress played a huge role in my life, and I gained 15 pounds back in a month.
I wanted to lose all the weight before having another child, but plans did not work out that way. I gained weight again with my son, but not nearly as much. However, after he was born, it did not melt off as quickly as it did with my daughter. In fact, it plateued. It would not budge. My husband told me at this point, I was not allowed to do Weight Watchers anymore…he’d seen enough.
That”s when I was talking to a friend of mine who was doing Insanity. I saw her results, and thought, “hey. I run marathons (or at least did), I can do this.” I was intimidated by the price, but liked the online accountablity with the Super Gym, not having to use any equipment, and being able to work out at home…so I signed up for the challenge. After a few weeks, my friend invited me to join a Facebook Challenge with Kathy, and I have hung on since. I finished the Insanity Challenge, losing 17 lbs and 4 dress sizes. Plus, I smashed my half marathon goal by 7 minutes.
That was all over my vacation. Going back to work at a new school proved to be challenging. I tried P90x, but I had a hard time staying motivated. I tried Insanity again (seeing a pattern here)…but the intensity of workouts and my work schedule were not meshing. Then, I saw a program in my challenge group that caught my interest: Les Mills Body Pump.
Body Pump was always one of my favorite workouts, and now I saw I could do the workouts at home…even better! I signed on for Kathy’s New Year Challenge, committed to using Shakeology (which has helped me curb cravings), and have made it through my first month. At first, I was getting discouraged because the scale wasn’t moving drastically…but in the last week, I saw a 4 pound drop, and 10 inches of fat disappear! Poof! Gone! I didn’t believe it, I remeasured several times. I am doing Weight Watchers concurrently, but I only eat REAL foods. I avoid fat free foods, and as much of the processed foods that I can. However, I am also realistic. Eating a pre-packaged yogurt is going to keep me from going to the vending machine more than not eating it will.
I love my online motivational system. Sometimes, it is hard to make it to a gym for a scheduled class…working out at home allows me no excuses. Checking in gives me more accountability…and people notice when I don’t check in. I still have a long way to go, but at least I know, I am on the right track now.
~Robin Kelder (Feb. 2013)
So, are you next???