My name is Renée and I’m a healthy-living, fitness fanatic. Okay, that might be stretching things a little bit. Let me start again. My name is Renée and over the past year I’ve lost 50 pounds. I’ve gained a few and lost a few but overall I’m holding pretty steady at the 50 pound mark. I didn’t do any extreme dieting and I lost the majority of the weight in six months. I truly believe in the motto slow and steady wins the race and after shedding the weight I decided to make a new goal – to run a Half-Marathon.
I’m proud to say that on October 17th, 2010 I completed the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco alongside 20,000 of my fellow runners/walkers. And during my training with a little help from my friends, I raised over $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’ve accomplished quite a bit in the past year. It hasn’t been easy and my journey to healthy living continues to be a journey.
Most days I do okay with my eating but like everyone else I sometimes struggle with motivation – to exercise, prepare healthy meals and just stick to my plan. But I recognize that I am human and I will backslide. I attribute my successful weight loss to sharing my journey with the world – the good, bad and ugly. This has not only made me accountable but I believe I have helped many other people that are just beginning or even in the midst of a similar journey.
In this column I plan to continue to share with my you both my successes and my failures and I continue down this path of living healthy. I will remain accountable and hopefully provide you with some practical advice that you can apply to your life so that you may reach your fitness goals. Remember, nothing ventured – nothing gained. I didn’t get serious about my weight loss until my third time and each time I made my attempts public. Although it was slightly embarrassing my experience has been real. If I can do it you can do it. What are you waiting for?