How is it August already?! The summer is flying by. I am sad to see summer go in a few weeks. But I am also looking forward to fall. Now that I finally got fall back I’m craving it. Welcome to my first Feature Friday. I am so excited to introduce you to some very strong and inspirational gals this month. I hope you are inspired as much as I am by reading their stories.
First up is Brittney from Brittney Breaking Free. I just love this chick. We met through my first link up. I was immediately captivated by her. She has an amazing story. She is one of the strongest people I have met. I sent her a list of questions and I’ll let her do the talking.
Why did you get started on your fitness journey?
All my life I have been on yo-yo diets and I’d gain weight and lose weight. It was always temporary. In fact, a friend once told me I was like Oprah fat one year skinny the next, and he was right. I tried every diet/fad/trick/etc. out there for a quick fix. I was my smallest when I started doing the lipo shots and Adipex. I dropped 60lbs so fast and I was happy. When I quit taking that I ballooned back up.
Then my son got sick with a kidney disease that I had never heard of and I feared I was going to lose him. I fell into a deep depression and the pounds packed on. I was also in an abusive and toxic marriage. Everyday I was put down and over time I decided I wasn’t worth loving and food was my comfort. A few years later I got pregnant with my second son. When I delivered him I weight 230lbs… let me just add, I only gained 9lbs my entire pregnancy and he weighed 8lbs 4 oz… so no that wasnt pregnancy weight.
After he was born I was having a hard time keeping up with both kids by myself and the emotional stress I was under with my ex-husband was killing me. One day I just said I am tired of living like this I hate my body and myself and I am unhappy. I ordered Visalus…I started replacing my meals and working out HARD I was walking then jogging then running and also boxing. I dropped 30lbs FAST and I loved the way I was feeling. I gained my self confidence back and my strength. I left my husband shortly after because I finally felt strong enough to face my fears. I continued on my fitness journey, quit using the shakes and dropped another 67lbs. Ultimately I started this journey because I was tired of hating myself, I wanted to feel like my life was worth living again. I made a choice that day and I haven’t looked back.
What has been your biggest health or fitness accomplishment to date?
When I first started I could only walk 20 minutes a day (1 mile). A few weeks ago I RAN my longest distance of 5.5 miles. I felt VERY accomplished and proud of myself.
What piece of advice would give someone just starting their journey?
Don’t look for quick fixes and don’t get discouraged. It didn’t take you a day or even a week to gain the weight. It’s not going to take a day or a week to lose it. It is something you have to continue to strive for everyday. Also, take weekly pictures in the same outfit. Take measurements don’t only rely on the scale. When I ‘finished’ my journey I weighed 133…today I weigh 145. I am much more tone and fit than I was at 133, that scale isn’t everything. Also, you notice I put ‘finished’ in quotations…there is no end destination, you can always strive to maintain, build muscle, run a further distance, etc. You have to change your lifestyle…its for life :)
What are some of your goals going forward?
I want to work myself up to running longer distances. I want to run the half marathon in March 2015, and I want to start lifting weights.