She Started Running and Overhauled Her Eating Habits—and Lost Over 50 Pounds

“Weight loss and running have changed my mindset and allowed me to not be afraid to live my best life!”

8/3/2021 9:01:00 PM

“Weight loss and running have changed my mindset and allowed me to not be afraid to live my best life!”

“Weight loss and running have changed my mindset and allowed me to not be afraid to live my best life!”

in order to feel good and stay active. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge in my traditional bacon cheeseburger and fries after a marathon because that’s my favorite post-marathon meal! I believe in a healthy balance so I am not deprived of proper nutrients, and can still enjoy the foods I love.

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These three tips helped make my running journey a success.✨ Love your body through every stage.The biggest thing that has helped me on my journey is appreciating my body at every stage of my weight loss. I try not to think conditional thoughts like “when I weigh

x, I will...” or “when I hit my goal, I’ll be...”. Instead, I think about where I am now and appreciate what my body can do at its current size. I don’t focus on the future, I appreciate the now.✨Surround yourself with people who share your values.Through my weight-loss journey, especially in the early stages, it was important for me to spend time with people who I knew were people who would keep me motivated and positive about my journey. This included friends who would invite me to walk with them, helped me stay focused on my nutrition goals, and encouraged me. This was so important to help me change my mindset!

✨Take it one step at a time.It is so easy to want immediate perfection, but the key to success is small changes that become good habits. This may look like challenging yourself to drink enough water each day, then challenging yourself to eat enough fruits and veggies each day. Just keep making small changes and they add up to make a big difference.

This has been a journey over the last decade. I’m not at my lowest weight currently, but I’m down over 50 pounds from my highest since I started my journey.While my weight loss was a physical change, it’s been a mental change even more than that. When I was heavier, I didn’t know how to be my true, authentic self because I was so worried about what people thought of me as a fat person. After losing weight and realizing I was not defined by my weight or the number on the scale, I’ve allowed myself to live a full life and try things I never would have otherwise done. Weight loss and running have changed my mindset and allowed me to not be afraid to live my best life!

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