Ann, from Twelve in Twelve is a comrade in the weight loss-healthy living war. When I started reading her blog, in so many ways I saw (and still see) me. Homegirl is another self-taught runner and I just love that there’s another soul in the Twin Cities just throwing stuff at the wall to see if it will stick.
Ann here from www.twelve-in-twelve.com. I’m honored that Kat thought of me to write a guest blog while she and Marcus are honeymooning. I don’t have nearly enough entertaining antics or quick wit as her, so maybe I just tell you about myself? And my blog?
I started Twelve-In-Twelve in January 2010, after setting a goal to complete 12 5ks in 12 months. I had seen a friend on Facebook complete the same goal and was immediately impressed. What a cool goal, right? If anything, what a cool goal to BRAG ABOUT. And since I set the perpetual lose weight/be healthy/have a nice firm butt resolution for 2010, it made sense.
But apparently – walking one 5k/month doesn’t help you lose weight, or be healthy, or even have a nice firm butt.
For nine months, I struggled with completing the 5ks and losing weight. Around October, my husband and I were bursting out of our clothes. The family that gets fat together, stays together. No?
He was faced with two options: wear my brother’s “fat guy” clothes, or lose weight. Jay chose option 2, and we started a new weight-loss journey. Since October, we’ve lost over 100 pounds together!
We set another goal for 2011 – to complete 12 races in 12 months. Along with 5ks, we recently completed our first 10k, and are training for an upcoming half-marathon in July. By the end of the year, we will have completed triathlons, duathlons, the Ragnar Relay, and a 10-mile race. Every race seems to bring a better PB – Personal Best. Yet, I struggle with the identity of being a “runner”.
And over the last 3 months, I haven’t lost any weight.
I guess that’s why they call it a “journey”, right? In the past year, I’ve purchased a road bike. I’ve walked races, I’ve run races, I’ve almost quit races. I’ve almost puked. I’ve had “nervous tummy” and pre-race anxiety. I’ve fallen, I’ve struggled, I’ve given up, and I’ve succeeded. And at the end of the day, it’s about creating the person I want to become.
“Life is not about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself” – Anonymous
Thankfully for me, that does not include giving up or wearing “fat guy” clothes. And sooner or later, I’ll be showing off that nice firm butt.
To keep updated on my progress of losing more weight and completing 12 races this year, head over to www.twelve-in-twelve.com. And don’t be shy! Introduce yourself!
Have you ever participated in a 5k?
Do you think it’s easier to lose weight when you have a weight loss partner or do you prefer to go it alone?
Event though Marcus didn’t need to (or attempt to) lose weight with me, his support in my healthy living journey was a huge part (and still is!) of my success. It’s A LOT easier to do a meatless meal when your significant other isn’t acting like a victim ;)