Monday, November 23, 2009

Where My Journey Began...

In the spring of 2006, I got the crazy idea to run a marathon with Team In Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  There were several reasons for this a) my cousin, Blake, was being recognized at the 2006 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Boy of the Year, b) I'd been intrigued with marathons since being at Disney World in 2002 during the weekend of their annual marathon, c) I loved running all through high school (though never on a team) and d) I desperately needed to lose some weight.

All of those were valid reasons and played out like I thought they would expect for "d".  In fact, instead of losing weight, I gained weight.  Wait, you're telling me that you went from being a TOTAL couch potato to training for and completing a marathon, and you gained weight?  Yes, that's exactly what I am telling you.

I spent the next 2 years working with various doctors, nutritionists and a running coach. None of them could figure out why I was continuing to gain weight.  All the blood tests came back negative - I was as healthy as could be.  I was down to eating ~1200-1500 calories a day and doing at least 1 hr of cardio a day.  For me, it was not as simple as calories in vs calories out.

Finally in March of 2008, my doctor decided to try one last thing as a last resort - a prescription weight loss drug.  It was reserved for people more severely obese than me and she wasn't sure it would work.  I was open to trying anything.  I was beyond desperate and couldn't figure out why my body hated me so much.  Lo and behold, it was the miracle I'd been searching for. 

Before - March 2008 - 182 lbs

After - July 2008 - 127 lbs

Yes, in only 4 short months I lost 50+ lbs, however my journey doesn't end there.  But, I'll save that for another day!

Note: In Sept 2009, I was FINALLY diagnosed as with hypothryoidism, which in my heart I knew was the problem all along but my blood test always came back within range.  I'm relieved to finally have a real answer.


Anonymous said...

Wooooooooo! Boobsie is in the hizzle!

Novia said...


and believe me, anything you write will be interesting. For me, I'm keep track of what my thoughts were...and of course what my food was. 'cuz someday I wanna slim down and be like my friend Bobbi J!

Bobbi Jo said...

I love you ladies!

Novia said...

fo shizzle!!!!