Friday, August 19, 2011

50 pounds lighter

I can't put into words how much running has changed my life. It feels like it was the thing I have been missing all along. I can't imagine what else I would be doing with myself right now.

The reason I bring this up is because I ran across a picture of myself that a co-worker had taken a couple of years ago. I purposely did not take many pictures of myself because I just didn't like the way I looked. I weighed 200 pounds after I quit smoking and though I was happy I quit, I was unhappy about my weight. Looking at the picture, I can almost feel the sadness I had inside of me. It's a feeling I can't forget.

Here is that picture with an after shot as well. The before picture was from 2008 or 2009. The after pic was taken not too long ago.

I weigh now roughly 150 pounds and went from a size 36 waist to a 30... I even got a new tat with the money I saved from smoking!
I can't say the weight lose was all due to running. I also changed my eating habits. No more soda, sweets and other junk foods. I try to keep it all natural and low calorie with a lot of fruits and vegetables. I do still enjoy my beers here and there and only when not training for a race. Losing this weight was hard, but it was the easy part. Keeping it off is more of a challenge. This picture now sits at my desk at work for motivation. :)


Wednesday - Got 7.5 miles in during my lunch time. Could have dome more, but I didn't want to be gone for too long. I always worry that someone might be looking for me and wonder why I'm taking so long to get back.
Thursday - Speed workout that kicked my ass. It was hot and humid and the sun made it feel like I was carrying someone on my shoulders. Five not so easy miles, but got them done!

Day off today, plan on 5 tomorrow and my usual long run on Sunday. I'm shooting for 13 miles!

Have great weekend all!


Pahla said...

Wow, that's an amazing transformation! Congratulations!

Jeff said...

"It feels like it was the thing I have been missing all along." I think that pretty much sums it up for anyone who took up running after college.

Congratulations on the fifty pounds!

Jose said...

Thanks P for the comment!

Jeff, glad I'm not the only one that felt like that. Thanks!