It’s been a long time since I started my journey to a healthy, fit life. When I started, it was out of sheer frustration…I was tired of being overweight and still young. Looking back at my 20’s, I realized that during the time where I should have been in the best shape of my life, I was in the worst. I was topping the scales at 230 pounds.
As I started becoming more and more active, I lost about 20 pounds that I was able to keep off for several years. I was inconsistent (at best) with exercise and had no idea what healthy eating really meant.
I joined a supplement and shake company (which shall remain nameless), and began learning more about health and nutrition. I realized that the products were not necessarily the healthiest options available. The more I researched nutrition, the less I wanted to be involved with this MLM company.
I made the decision to become active. I started to seek out any opportunity I could to be active, while I was enjoying myself. That started a chain reaction, which is still going to this day.
I have definitely lost weight, but I have gained much more than I have lost…and I don’t mean pounds. I have gained self-respect, confidence, inner peace, and honestly, happiness! Yes, by the name of the blog, I was running to happiness. I feel I am now running with happiness. I am no longer worried about the number on the scale, and that is a very free feeling.
Here is a before and now picture…The before is when I started to incorporate exercise into my daily life and the now is from last week at the gym. I am still progressing towards my goals, and plan to keep reaching for the stars. But, here’s a little Transformation Tuesday photo to see the physical journey thus far.