Motivated to get Moving

Telling my story……
September 13, 2010, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Weight Loss

When Trish asked me if I wanted to be a featured fave spot on her blog, I said “sure, but what is that?”  She told me all I had to do was tell my story, talk about my journey: where I am, where I want to go and how I am going to get there.  Until Trish said that I never really thought I had a story, I was just another person fighting to drop weight once and for all.  I realize now just because I don’t think there is anything special about my story, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t.  We all find motivation in different places, I know I have been inspired and motivated by tons of people I have never met in real life, yet I feel like I know them thanks to Twitter (KellyK_C) and blogs.  Because of that, I feel like it is my obligation to share my story with you, I hope you will sit back, relax and enjoy the ride I am about to take you on.

My name is Kelly, I recently turned 35.  I live in NJ with my husband.  Like many people I struggled with my weight most of my adult life.  I joined Weight Watchers years ago with some co-workers and experienced great success, unfortunately I left before I reached my goal weight (I have no idea why.) Slowly but surely the weight came back on.  I dropped that weight again and low and behold it came back, this up and down continued for awhile, sometimes even without me realizing.  That is what happens when you have a wide range of clothes in your closet (8-14 to be exact) Fast forward to Christmas 2009, I was enjoy the holidays with my family.  Of course that means pictures were being taken all over the place.  Shortly after Christmas I saw a pic of myself and my husband on Facebook and I thought “Oh My God, is that what I really look like?”  I need to do something about that STAT!!  January 5th 2010 I rejoined Weight Watchers for what I know will be the last time.  I approached the program with an open mind and a “must win” attitude.  I follow the program as designed, I write down everything I eat, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (more like 3 liters a day but who’s counting) and eat tons of fruits and vegetables.  I still enjoy most of my favorite foods, and the occasional glass of wine, I just do it in moderation and enjoy it more now than I ever did before.    Watching what I eat is only part of the equation that has allowed me to be successful the other more important part is exercise.  I have had a gym membership for YEARS; however, I was not a dedicated gym goer, I had the membership so I could go to yoga, if I missed a day or a week or at times even a month I was okay with that.  Not anymore, I am all about the exercise now, dare I say I enjoy it?  When I first started working out I remember telling my husband my goal was to be able to ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes and maybe one day complete the 5k loop on the treadmill.  Little did I know I was going to blow past those goals rather quickly.  The 5k loop is now something I do all the time, ,as a matter of fact I recently said “I won’t be at the gym long, I am only doing 5k” seriously, did I say that?!?  ONLY 5k is not something I thought I would ever utter.  I went from taking yoga 1 day a week to doing yoga as many as 4 days a week and taking classes like “total body conditioning” and doing “butt bustin workouts” I feel like a new woman.   When going away even if overnight one of the first things I pack are my sneakers, I am now “that person” that works out while on vacation and I love it!!

30 weeks into my journey, I have lost 31 pounds, and 24 total inches (16 of which were on my waist and hips); however, this isn’t really about what I have lost, but what I have gained.  I have a new found confidence that allows me to continue to try new things, meet new people and grow as a person.  I am about 5 pounds away from my goal weight, once I achieve “lifetime” status I hope to work for Weight Watchers, giving others the motivation and inspiration that will one day make them want to share their story. 

**ETA** I have lost 35 pounds and am 3 pounds away from my goal weight!!


Live and Learn
July 13, 2010, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Running, Weight Loss

Today was a good day, I went to my Weight Watchers meeting and am proud to say I was down 2.4 pounds which means I have lost 30 lbs since the first week of 2010.  I am pretty excited about that.  I haven’t decided on a goal weight yet but I think it is about 10 pounds away. 

After spending the day with my grandparents and running some errands I put my sneakers on and said to my husband, I am going for a run/walk do you want to come with me? Much to my surprise he said yes.  Usually I ask and he says no he is going to the gym to lift, spin or row and I am ok with that because I am not sure how I feel about working out or running with someone else.  At least I wasn’t sure how I felt about it until tonight. ….. I DON’T LIKE IT AT ALL!!! I felt like we were in competition (even though I know we weren’t) I felt like I had to run faster because I didn’t want him to have to slow his pace down.  We were going at a pace that initially felt good, but I knew I couldn’t keep it up.  I tried to slow down and encouraged him to keep going.  He slowed his pace to keep up with me.  I know he did that because he didn’t want to leave me but it was making me feel bad.  I finally told him he was making it worse and asked him to go ahead.  He did but I could tell he wasn’t happy about it.  Seriously?!?  What is wrong with me? He was slowing down to be with me and I got mad at him, WTF is wrong with me?  I feel like a spoiled brat!!

When we were done running I told him I needed a really good stretch because my hips were very tight.  I felt like if someone pulled my leg I would snap like a wish bone.  Again my husband tries to offer advice and shows me a stretch that would help; however, it was for a different set of muscles.  So I got pissy with him because that wasn’t where my tightness/pain was.  Again, who do I think I am?  He is trying to help me and I am getting mad at him?  Then I started to get mad at myself for acting like such a brat. 

Needless to say it wasn’t the best run of my life, but I did it and will do it again, only next time I will do it alone.

Until next time, remember to ask yourself, What have I done today to make myself feel proud?

What motivates you?
July 12, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I often wonder what motivates other people, heck sometimes I even wonder what motivates me and if I will have the energy to keep going on this journey.  One of the things I turn to often for motivation and inspiration is music, I love it!  When I am happy it makes me happier, when I am sad, it makes me happy.  I can hear a song and instantly think of people, places or events in my life that relate to that song. 

Listening to music is something I enjoy doing.  Many times I will set the iTunes to shuffle and just go about my day.  Much makes dishes, laundry and other household chores just a little easier.  Sometimes iTunes freaks me out a little, how does it know what kind of mood I am in and what I need to hear?  When my husband is out of time it tends to play sappy love songs that make me miss him more.  When I am running/working out it plays songs that pump me up and keep me going.  How can I stop when I have Bon Jovi telling me to “Keep the Faith” and Bruce telling me I was “Born to Run”  Just when I think I can’t take any more Sean Kingston tells me to “Push it” and Shania Twain chimes in with “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”  Listening to Tina Turner tell me I am “Simply the Best” makes me want to push harder and run longer.  Those are just a small sampling of the songs that have popped up just when I needed them and boy am I glad they did. 

Until next time, don’t forget to ask yourself “what have I done today to make me feel proud?”

I’m Back!!!
July 11, 2010, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Running

Both physically and mentally, I am back!!  I had an amazing week at the beach: perfect weather, great food and the most amazing friends a girl can ask for.  This year one of the first things I packed were my sneakers and some workout clothes, determined I was going to workout while away and gues what…. I did!!  I walked about 10 minles, not including the trips back and forth to the beach and let me tell you something, it felt great!  I really enjoyed lacing up my sneakers and hitting the road, just me and my iPod.  Seeing all the other people out running, walking, riding bikes was the motivation I needed to get back on track. 

After sitting in the car for what felt like all day yesterday I got a good night sleep and woke up ready to conquer the world (ok not really but I was determined to run again.) I laced up my sneakers, made sure my iPod was charged and hit the road.  Again I didn’t set any speed records (I did enough of that on my last vacation but that is the topic for another post), but I did run for a little more than a mile and it felt great- hills and all!  Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!!

Today I am proud of myself for getting out there and doing it, what have you done today to make you feel proud?

1, 1 and a half, 2…….
April 28, 2010, 9:56 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I am on a roll!  Friday April 17th I ran my first mile.  Sunday April 25th I ran a little over a mile and Monday April 26th I ran 2 miles!!  I Was so excited I could barely contain myself.  I got to the gym with the intention to hit 2 miles no matter how long it took me, I was motivated and a woman on a mission.  I set the treadmill for the 5k loop like I always do and told myself I could walk for 5 minutes then I was going to run until I hit 2 miles.  My legs and my brain were on the same page for the first time in a long time because I ran the fastest mile I have run since I started running!  29 minutes and 2 miles later I felt like I was walking on air.  I think I could have kept running but I was so excited when I hit the 2 mile mark I almost fell off the treadmill.  

There are so many cool things about being a runner (I can’t believe I just said that and meant it) one of the coolest is being about to say “I ran 4.6 miles this week” and it is only Wednesday!!  Yes I know some people log that kind of mileage in one run, but you know what, I am not some people, I am me, and I am a runner!!

Until next time, continue asking yourself “what have I done to make me feel proud?”

I hit a wall, then jumped over it
April 26, 2010, 11:28 am
Filed under: Running

I said I was going to try to post on a regular basis and I haven’t posted since then, not sure what to say about that.  I have written tons of blog posts in my head and have ideas for several others, I just can’t seem to get them from my head to the computer which is crazy because I am on the computer all the time.  Oh well enough with the excuses, let’s hit the gym.

Friday I was at the gym, it was a running day for me.  Following the C25K program it was supposed to be a 25 minute run.  I was scared but thought I would be okay, afterall I ran for the 20 minutes the other day.  What’s 5 more?  Well, it didn’t happen.  I hit a wall.  I don’t even think I ran for 5 minutes let alone 25.  My allergies had been bothering me, I spent all day Thursday in bed.  I had no idea taking that one day off would reak the havoc on my body that it did.  Running just wasn’t an option, I pushed myself to hit the 5 minute mark and every one of those 300 seconds was torture.  I completed the 5K loop on the treadmill at a decent walking pace and got off feeling a little defeated, I want to be a runner!

Fast forward to Sunday, I got to the gym with the attitude I was running for 25 minutes if it killed me.  I didn’t care how fast I was running, I just wanted to prove to myself I could do it.  Well guess what?  I DID IT!!  I ran for 25 minutes!!  It was 1.62 miles.  I was so excited I literally started to cry on the treadmill.  I sent my friend Lori a BBM and said ” I just ran 1.62 miles and am excited because that is almost 2. I feel like I am living your blog post!” Who would have thought I would be running 2 miles at a time?  Not me!!  The C25K program is great, it really got me moving and made a runner out of me.  However, I am going to jump off that ship for a little while.

Lori has been an amazing inspiration and motivation to me. She told me if you can run for 25 minutes, you can run for 28, that’s just how the body is. If you can run 1.63 miles you can run 2. This week’s goal is to hit the 2 mile mark! I am going to find a pace I like and am comfortable with and just run with it, literally. If I can hit 1.63 miles in 25 minutes, I should be able to hit 2 miles in a little less than 31 minutes. Lori thinks I will be running 3 miles in the next 2 weeks, I am not sure about that but I do know I will be hitting that 2 mile mark sooner instead of later!

I am sure you will all know when I hit that 2 mile mark and not because you read it on my blog but because you heard me screaming with excitement, that is once I have wiped away the tears of joy.

Until next time, don’t forget to ask yourself  “what have I done to make me feel proud.”

Feeling proud!!
April 16, 2010, 6:54 pm
Filed under: Running

One of my favorite days of the week is Tuesday and that is because “Biggest Loser” is on.  I love watching the show with all of my Twitter friends, they are a crazy group of peeps and I love them!  The theme song asks “what have you done today to make you feel proud” typically that is my first tweet of the show.  Usually that is a question I ask myself before going to bed, kind of reminding myself of my accomplishments for the day and motivating myself for the next day.  I rarely share the answer to the questions with anyone, I feel it is more of a personal thing.  However, today is different, I would shout my answer from the roof top if I could.  Today I  RAN  MY FIRST MILE!!!!  By no means did I set any kind of speed record but who cares?  I don’t!! So what if I was on a treadmill and it took me 15 minutes?  I still did it!!  I am sure this will be the first of many; however, I am not sure I will remember them all the way I remember this one.  This one was special and I am going to cherish it!

I will be back soon, until then keep asking yourself “what have I done to make me feel proud”