Tuesday, April 2

Running, Calories, and Weight Loss...Oh My!

*I don't really like talking about my weight on here but I was inspired by a blog that I read so if this encourages one person, it's worth it!*

This is a sentence I certainly thought I'd never say...

I completed the Couch to 5k program!!!!!!!!!!

Y'all probably don't understand how huge of a deal this is for me. This is the first time in my life that I've ever completed an exercise goal. Over the years, I've tried LA Fitness, Boot camp, Jazzercise, a personal trainer, and more, but I've never stuck to anything for more than a few weeks. I even attempted the Couch to 5k a year ago but quit after 4 weeks. But this time, it was different.

I still can't believe that I did it. That I can run 3 miles without stopping. Before now, I hadn't even run a full mile! I remember back to the first week or so when I would be SO winded from running 2 minutes. Yeah, I was pretty terrible. So if I can do this, anyone can!

I don't think I've ever been so motivated. I have gained close to 20 pounds since our wedding, and with our trip to Mexico coming up in May, I was determined to feel good in a bikini by then. Over the past year or so, I've "dieted" occasionally, meaning I completed changed my eating habits overnight....and it didn't last long at all. I went from eating pizza, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers all the time, to only eating healthy foods- grilled chicken and rice, salads, etc. That method just does not work for me. It would last a week, maybe two, and then I couldn't resist my urge for cheeseburgers any longer (Cheeseburgers and fries are my weakness.) For me, if I cut out a food from my diet, it only makes me want it that much more. 

But then I read Amanda's weight loss story. She said that she had tried eating healthy for so long, and her weight didn't budge. She started counting calories and just like that, the weight started coming off. So I started using My Fitness Pal to keep track of my calories each day, and sure enough, I've been able to lose 1-2 pounds a week. I'm still eating what I want, but I've reduced portions and have the splurge foods much less frequently. I've found that when I see the progress I'm making, the healthy choices are much easier to make. But if I'm really wanting a cheeseburger that day, I just go for a run to make room for the extra calories :)

So far, I've lost 9 pounds and am hoping to lose about 10 more. For the first time, this is not just a diet- it's a lifestyle change and it will be permanent. I want to keep running (I am running my first 5k on Sunday!), and I want to maintain a healthy weight, but most importantly, I want to feel good about myself. And I'm very excited that I'm on my way there! 


Jordan said... Best Blogger Tips

That's awesome! I've wanted to try the Couch to 5K. I am so NOT a runner though! Congrats! :)

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

way to go girl! I got about half-way through that program...and then I got pregnant and decided I could just stop moving!

I am definitely not a runner, but I've found a love of Zumba! Way to go on your weight loss...I'm sure you're gonna look fabulous for your trip!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, way to go!! I love to run and have done over 30 5ks! They are so much fun and when it's finished I bet you'll be ready for another! You are going to rock your first one!! :)

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on completing the couch to 5k! I'm in that same position. I try running & do well for a few weeks, then get lazy one day and it all just stops. Same goes for dieting. I've been successful in the past with eating healthy and exercising so I know it's possible, it's all a matter of self control. Happy for you for reaching a goal :) Keep it up!

♥ Drazil ♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

Counting calories is always an eye opener for me. Congrats.

Ashley Slater said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so happy for you! Honestly, everyone just has to "get" how to do it on their own...and now that you are running I bet you will want to try to hit the next goal of a 10k or even who knows, a half marathon in a year or two! So excited and proud of you!


Alex Byer said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome job girl! And you're going to have so much fun at your 5K! Racing is the best feeling :)

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so impressed!!! Congrats Julie. I've always wanted to try the Couch t 5k program. :)

Lesley Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, Jazzercise! That was so much fun while we stuck with it. :) I am so proud of you girl! You are going to look FABULOUS for your Mexican vacation! And P.S., those are the CUTEST running shoes I have ever seen.

Christy said... Best Blogger Tips

That's awesome! I love hearing weight loss stories when they come from a healthy place. I get so sick of hearing about diets! I feel like everyone I work with is always on some kind of fad diet or exercise program that never lasts. Good for you! :)

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Its official. You have to move to Indy and be my running buddy.

But really- this is so motivating Julie! I've been so blah with my running lately and just need a swift kick in my booty. Way to go!


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