Thursday, June 14, 2012

What a difference a year can make...

Less than a year ago I had surrendered to the thought that I couldn't lose weight. I had given away all of my "small" clothes, ditched my "goal jeans" and given up. I was disgusted with myself. I weighed the same as I did when I gave birth to my daughter, who's now 20. I had tried watching what I ate...went to the gym...and made a LOT of excuses.
Jon coming out of the mud crawl

Me coming out of the mud
Then a friend of mine told me her and her daughter were using Weight Watchers (WW) on-line. I decided to give it a try. IT CHANGED MY LIFE!!! It wasn't a "DIET"...it was a lifestyle change. I had been using most of the pieces...I just didn't have them in the right place. For those of you who don't know...WW focuses on real food...fresh vegetables, fruits and protein. If you are hungry on WW...shame on you...I ate all the time and I wasn't hungry.
Jack & I at the 7th obstacle...the slide

I've lost 30 pounds since this past September (9 months), go to the gym on a regular basis and eat when I'm hungry. I have always been an active person. Enjoyed roller skating, softball and swimming as a young person. Our family has a small farm so there's always plenty to do. Since I've re-gained control of my body...instead of IT controlling me...I've awakened a passion in myself I didn't know was there.
Jack & I ...WE DID IT!!!
Pushing my body to it's limit..then a little further is an amazing feeling. I decided to sign up for the Race for the ROC, a 5k obstacle course set for this past weekend. I ran it with my dear friend Jack (probably the reason I started back to the gym...thanks for the push buddy), my handsome 14 year old son Jon and a family friend, Sue.

Sue, Me & Jon

The course was 3.2 miles long with 8 obstacles including mud crawls, chest deep EXTREMELY cold water, round bales to jump over, cargo nets and more. I finished in 38:31 minutes, 14th out of 29th in my age bracket and 175 our of 272 overall. It was such a GREAT time. So great, as a matter of fact, I signed up for the Warrior Dash in August. It's 3.12 miles with 12 obstacles. It benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. My goal is to raise at least $250 for St. Jude's, if you would like to donate please visit my web page to contribute.
Jon & Jack refueling with some chips

6 comments:

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

I am SO PROUD of you! Not just for completing this race but for taking charge of your life and feeling good about your decisions! You look FABULOUS and I know you'll work yourself silly preparing for this next adventure! That's good though ... we all need something to look forward to! Although I'm thinking more along the lines of a hot bubble bath, candles & a glass of wine! LOL ... what can I say, I've got 20 years on you!!
YOU GO GIRL ... this is were being a bit 'head strong' comes in handy! LOVE YOU!!

Lana said...

Wow Carolyn!!! I am so happy for you!!! I am sitting here thinking HOW did she do it , it's something I struggle with so much and now I want to try harder any advice for us out here needing that push or major shove in my case LOL. Soooo proud of what YOU have accomplished!Congrats
Hugs

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

You are an INSPIRATION. Such a satisfying accomplishment!

jrmom said...

Lana the catalyst for me was truly Weight Watchers. It was so easy...no special foods, no calorie counting and no hunger pains. Accepting that exercise and weight loss are a marathon, not a sprint made a big difference too. We did not gain weight and become out of shape overnight so why would we think we can turn it around overnight. Patience is the key...your body will change if you are patient and committed. Good luck :-)

Teresa said...

Way to go! So Happy for you!

Teresa said...

Way to Go! You did fantastic!