An Introduction

Hello, I’m Lori.  I’m a mom of two wonderful boys, a wife, a nurse by trade, and a runner who has been slacking in the nutrition and training department.

I have been running consistently for about three years, with some breaks.   I have run dozens of 5ks, a couple 10ks, and four half-marathons.  My first half-marathon time was my fastest time.  Over the years I have gotten progressively slower because I have gotten progressively heavier.  There are a few reasons for my weight gain:  Sporadic running,  consuming too many calories, eating junk calories, and not enough cross training.  The most important factor being consuming too many calories.  In my first year of running, I did not take walk breaks.  For the last two years I have used the Jeff Galloway method of taking walk breaks.  You can read more about the Run Walk Method here.  I’m really a jogger/walker but for the sake of simplicity, I call myself a runner.

I  have never been a skinny runner.  Three years ago I weighed around 180 pounds and ran my first and fastest half-marathon.  My time was 2:35.  I’m 5’10”, 43-years old, and currently weigh around 213 lbs.  180 pounds is not thin but I felt good at this weight.  I felt fit and comfortable in my clothes. I felt strong.  My most recent half-marathon was in North Carolina, on hilly terrain, (I live and train in Florida where it’s flat) and my time was 3:01.  My friends called it hilly, I called it mountainous.

The days of beating myself up over gaining weight and sporadic exercising are over.  In my youth, I was much harder on myself.  With time, I have developed more self-acceptance and self-compassion.  I know that it is possible to lose the weight I have gained and I know it is possible to be more consistent with my training.   I am not ashamed that I have gained weight and I do not hate the way I look.  It just happened.  This summer I fell into a big rut and ate more and ran less.   I’m a little uncomfortable but I’m not miserable.  I feel free and motivated to reach my goals!

I have two (flat course) half-marathons coming up in February.  My goal is to lose 16 lbs by February 7, which is my first half-marathon of the winter season.  It is my intention to document my weight loss and running adventures on this blog.  Thank you for reading.

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