Motivation Monday!

Happy Monday all!  It has been a little quiet over on this end.  I have been really busy with work and am finally getting a chance to sit down and share an amazing story with you all!!  My friend Becky is an inspiration and motivation to me, and a reminder to never give up on any dreams, especially when they have to do with your health!
I went to high school with Becky, but we didn’t really connect till a few years ago (thank you Facebook).  I am so glad we did connect! She is a wonderful girl who has worked REALLY hard to get where she is!  I am so proud of you Becky 🙂

Here is her story followed by a few pictures!

“I should preface this with the fact that all my life I had been a little bit chubby. However, it never stopped me from being active. My parents had me in all sorts of activities–dance, ice skating, swimming, intramural sports and marching band. I always enjoyed a little activity. I actually stayed with ice skating and swimming for quite some time–spending about 8 years on the ice and 4 in the pool (and it was quite busy when Swim season overlapped with ice skating season). I never let the fact that I was always heavier than the other people get in my way or bother me. And the people I was skating or swimming with never really minded that I was heavier either.

Something changed when I hit college. I was nowhere near the activity level that I was at in my pre-university days, but I certainly was not sedentary. I loved to take walks and had 2 jobs–one those jobs kept me on my feet the whole time. I ate a fairly healthy diet, but knew it could have been better. After college, I started running thinking well I hate running, but it might help. The pounds wouldn’t budge. No matter how much I restricted food intake and increased exercise would the pounds come off.

I decided I’d run my first half marathon in 2009. I teamed up with Team in Training which is an offshoot of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I was getting really frustrated because I was running about 20 or so miles per week, eating a lean/clean diet but still as heavy as I was before I started training. I still ran and finished that first half marathon, but couldn’t help but be a little jealous of my training buddies who were sporting more trim bodies. I KNEW something was wrong. I later found out my thyroid had shut down. It certainly explained why I was feeling SO miserable and not able to lose weight despite my best efforts.

Since that diagnosis, I have lost about 97 pounds, run 2 more half marathons and started working at fitness facilities in addition to my full time job. I am certified to teach SilverSneakers, which is a fitness program geared towards the elderly to help them keep and/or get back strength and fitness for daily life activities. I am also certified to teach Les Mills Sh’bam (dance based cardio) and as of yesterday (4/26/13), I am now certified to teach Les Mills CXWorx (30 minute core conditioning). I am gearing up to train for Les Mills BodyAttack, which is 55 minutes of high intensity/interval/sports inspired cardio and also planning my next half marathon (perhaps the Hershey Half since this is chocolate runner girl’s blog..wouldn’t that be appropriate?). When I’m not teaching, I enjoy a few miles here and there and also take BodyPump, BodyStep and RPM through Les Mills as well. They are great additions if you’re looking for cross training activities while gearing up for a distance running event.

I’ve always had a passion for sports, fitness and exercise. Heck, my major was Kinesiology at Penn State. I’ve always wanted to share my love of fitness and nutrition with others. I am hoping to take my American College of Sports Medicine exam for Health and Fitness expert. I would love to pursue a career in health coaching or corporate wellness coordination. I want people to know that everything is possible.”

Becky at her heaviest
Mile 10 in the first Half Marathon she ever ran in Jan 2009–the Disney World Half Marathon.Beckydisneymarathon 044
Her last half marathon which was December 2011 in Miami Beach (for her birthday–race day was on her birthday).
Becky in action while taking BodyAttack
A gym of the more recent photos of Becky.


~ Chocolate Runner~

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