In more ways than one it could be considered awkward for someone like myself to provide a guest post for a blog like Running with Sass. Heather has quite the running blogger chops, while I am newer to running and fitness in general. Heather’s about me starts with “I have been athletic my whole life” and that pretty much describes the anti-thesis of my life. What we do have in common is a love for running which just like Heather, “is something I NEVER thought I could accomplish!” I am @SnackerChris and my blog is Snacks All The Weigh Down (http://fatboysnacks.blogspot.com/). It is a blog about how I lost 130 pounds and its transitioning into how I have become a runner.
Perhaps you read Running With Sass in awe and think “that will never be me”. Trust me I know where you are coming from! Running was never something I even considered. In fact I always assumed that I was not built to run and that it would be damaging to my body. Now I know that those are probably the top two excuses people use for not even giving running a try.
I began the couch to 5K program back in August of 2010. At the time I was looking for a form of exercise to replace the lap swimming I had been doing in our communities outdoor pool. I had already lost around 75 pounds and did not want to lose momentum as the summer came to a close. I posted on my blog at the time that “I do not have a burning desire to ‘conquer’ a 5K and I don’t anticipate an emotional experience if I actually do, but I need a goal to reach for and this seems like a good time to give it a try.” That was seven 5Ks and two 10Ks ago and now I am training for my first half marathon in December. I guess you can say I am hooked.
When I first began losing large amounts of weight, I would get lots of of questions about how I was losing weight, and I found that people were not believing my “eat less, exercise more” mantra. They either checked out mentally when I was explaining it further or just looked at me like they did not believe it. At that point I was mostly walking, hitting the gym cardio or swimming. Now that more people know about my running, its seems like an even easier path for people to assume that there is no way that they could achieve the same success that I have.
Let me assure you that if I can do it, you can to! There was absolutely nothing in my past to indicate that I could achieve and maintain the level of weight loss that I have. There was even less evidence that I would ever be able to run a race of any length. I never participated in any organized sports as a child, teen or young adult. I never ran anywhere…not even to dinner!
Now that I have seen success in some health and fitness areas of life, I feel compelled to share my story with others. I am motivated to help people move past their pre-conceived notions of what they can or cannot do. Initially I was full of excuses and lacked the desire to change. Almost two years later I am happier, healthier and dare I say fitter than I have ever been in my life!
What are the excuses that you are using to not start making positive changes in the food and exercise areas of you life? Are you ready to face them? Take a step today that puts you on the path to good health! You CAN do it! You will shock yourself! Go for it!
A huge Thanks to Chris for writing this guest post for me, it is so motivational, and it is stories like this that give me that extra boost when I don’t feel like working out. Be like Chris, don’t let CAN’T enter your vocabulary, you CAN do it!! Be sure to show Chris some encouragement and support that I know my awesome readers will do!
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QOTD: What is something you never thought you could do, but you DID?! I NEVER thought I could run a full marathon, but I DID!