You’re not sure where to start. With so many options out there, you’re feeling totally overwhelmed and worried you’re gonna make the wrong choice. Some people said to go with running, and others said it’s way too hard for newbies and bad for your knees.
You’re so overwhelmed with all the information you find online. You’re not a “runner”, but you have seen your friends lose weight through running and gain so much confidence & balance in their lives!
I’m not going to you give you a plan and expect you to grind it out with the “no pain no gain mentally”… Because OMG, the reason why we run and exercise is to feel calm…not to be overwhelmed by a workout plan?! You’re not trying to be an olympic marathoner, you just want to lose weight and get healthy through running.
I’m gonna teach teach you how to build up running (safely) and incorporating mindfulness techniques to leave you feeling balanced, centered and calm. And I break it all down in a really simple, straightforward way. So if you’ve been feeling stressed, and overwhelmed with your weight loss journey, get ready to feel confident and empowered.
I didn’t always love running. I didn’t intend to be a “runner.” It just happened. Now, 20 years, five marathons, countless ½ marathons, 10ks, and 5ks later- I can’t imagine my life without it.
I started running to lose some weight and quit smoking. See, I cheered at a Division 1 University and had put on almost 30 pounds my freshman year.
After having weigh-ins for cheerleading, hearing comments like “girl you need to do some sit-ups” , and literally starving myself on game days- I had finally had ENOUGH.
I wasn’t “this” girl they all saw. I didn’t recognize who I was when I looked in the mirror.
I didn’t like how I felt. I wasn’t confident & hated looking in the mirror.
I was tired of feeling unhealthy.
It was a vicious cycle- I felt overweight, ate like crap, and felt more unhealthy & overweight. I knew something had to give.
At the beginning of the summer, after my freshman year, I was determined to make a change.
Sure, 30 pounds doesn’t sound like much, but on my 5’3 frame with a cropped cheerleading uniform in front of thousands of people- I was mortified.
I started on a 2.5 loop with my friend- a former state cross country champion. I couldn’t keep up but was so inspired by her. I started that summer not able to run ¼ of a mile without my lungs burning and having to walk.
Fueled by my passion for change, I was determined to run the entire 2.5 loops near my University of Toledo college apartment by the end of the summer. Slow and determined- I got out there every.single.day. I ran until I couldn’t, then walked and ran some more. Before I knew it, I was running the loop near the end of August.
Soon, a day couldn’t go by without me needing my hour-long run.1999 was before the time of Garmins Watches, so it was just a stopwatch and approximate mileage – all tracked in a mead notepad.
Running soon became my therapy and self-care. I can’t imagine my life now without it.
Running can be your therapy, while helping you lose weight! Transforming you from the inside out!