About

I am a 33 year old wife, mother, and high school teacher who has struggled with weight all my life until I finally decided to actively take charge.  I have lost 140 pounds at home since April 30, 2013 with healthy eating and daily exercise.  I invite you to join me in this journey to health and wellness!

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  1. “at home”-these words are reassuring, because now I know I can do it too at home, even if I don’t have a professional trainer or a sophisticated gym to go to! Many congratulations on your journey! All the best for the coming days!

      • So happy you have had success. If you are interested, I have a few workouts on my blog called 321. The routine is designed to target multiple muscle groups and you get a little bit of toning, cardio and abs as well. You can do it with little or no equipment. Best of luck with your journey.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my recent entry about my weigh-in. Read some of the recent articles, congrats on all the progress you’ve made on your journey! Keep being badass.

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog today to partake in my suffering in the wake of my trail run. I have my first 1/2 marathon upcoming in Oct. it won’t be pretty but I shall finish it 🙂

  4. Whoa! This is AWESOME! You did what I’m working on doing right now 🙂 I was 316.2 lbs this past January. After dropping a bunch of weight in a 12 week weight loss contest I decided to train to complete a full marathon on Nov 1st to help make sure the weight stayed off. So far, the training has helped me maintain 260ish for the past 4 months but the weight is starting to drop again. I’m hoping for a weight in the 240s at next week’s weigh in. I’m looking forward to perusing around your blog – I noticed someone mentioning St Louis, I wonder if that’s where you’re from. I’m doing the Rock n Roll half about two weeks before the full on Oct 19th and the RnR 5k on Oct 18th.
    Thanks for doing this blog – the world needs more people like you 🙂

    • You rock! Your comment made my day! Way to go on the weight loss! That’s amazing. Yes, I live near (not in) Stl. 🙂 I almost signed up for the RnR Half, but it’s the day after my hs reunion, and let’s face it, I’d rather not run my first HM hungover. 😉

      Out of curiosity, were you actively trying to lose weight over the last four months while training? I ask because since I started my own training, my weight loss has stalled. I wondered if it could have anything to do with the training. Inquiring minds and all that…

  5. The kind of training we’re doing is more stressful than just an occasional 30 or 40 minute run/walk scenario. I think the biggest allie I had when I lost so much weight initially was a calm mind. I didn’t freak out so much when I was hungry and was able to push off my meals. I used MyFitnessPal.com, as did many of the top losers in the contest I was in but didn’t track Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. I broke each day into 8 four hour time slots starting at midnight and, whenever I happened to eat, I would record what I ate in the appropriate slot. I usually never ate in two adjacent time slots. Sometimes I would eat after midnight then nothing for the next 18, 24 or even 36 hours.
    I haven’t used that website/app since the contest. I haven’t overly fretted about maintaining weight for the past 4 months because I’ve been in that contest before. I think 5 times and I completed the contest 3 times and took first place during this last competition. After all the other times I gained weight back, in fact with each successive contest attempt, I regretfully noticed that I was starting at higher and higher starting weights. So, for me, not gaining anything is kind of a necessary victory and really, every bit as important as taking the weight off in the first place.

    To answer your question, Yes, I have noticed that stalling phenomenon both with myself and others. There was one Biggest Loser episode when one of the top contestants gained a pound while training for the final marathon. Another blogger on here who post under Running Large also mentioned that he gained weight while training for his Disney Marathons. He runs north of 235 lbs but is pretty darned fast for any weight. I also noticed when I started hitting some of the longer runs that my weight was also going up. I do think stress plays a part of it all and there’s that whole corticosteroid theory – that substance which is released in your body in response to stress which helps your body hold on to fat. That’s probably part of it.

    For me, I’m grateful I haven’t gained and with some greater awareness am currently avoiding eating in the evenings, nothing after 6 or 7 p.m., that sort of thing. I think that, combined with a massive increase in training mileage this month should push me well down into the 240s 🙂

    • Good luck! Sounds like you’ll definitely get there! I competed in a weight loss challenge (put on by Jay Sheets from The Biggest Loser) too. I placed 3rd. I dropped weight easily during those 12 weeks, but as soon as the competition was over and I set my sights on a half marathon, I flat-out stalled! I’m hoping my body will stop short-circuiting and let go of this last 20 pounds.

    • Interesting info on the corticosteroid theory. I’ll have to read up on that. I also have wondered recently if adding complex carbs (glycogen/water retention) back into my diet has contributed to my stall.

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my most recent post.
    Just had a quick gander over the most recent posts of your blog, and Becky, what an inspiring story you have. I am SO excited for you, regarding the October 5th Half Marathon. Enjoy it to the fullest.
    It is an honour to now follow your page.
    Carl

  7. Get it! This and your blog are inspiring. I’m going to keep up with you as I take on my own journey. You’re definitely the motivation I need to keep my butt in gear!

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