Hi There! So I’m Amanda and I’m a twenty something kind of professional living in a large city in South Western Ontario. I bought my very own house in early 2016, I’m paying all these bills and eating my vegetables on the regular . . . so I’m pretty much successfully passing as an adult.
I’ve struggled for a long time with my weight and self esteem. In late 2012 I decided to take a stand and fix myself . . . it’s not just about the number on the scale, but about who I am as a person. I was in a long term relationship until mid-2014 when it ended and we went our separate ways. It was a very toxic and unhealthy relationship for me. So, I’ve dedicated a lot of time over the last couple years to just working on me.
I always had it on my ‘bucket list’ to run a 5K, and the very first person I told about this dream responded with “. . . Well, you’ve got a long way to go”. And that crushed me. I was opening my heart to this person and there wasn’t any encouragement. But my first day back at the gym in 2012 I couldn’t even run for a minute without stopping. That morning I was defeated – and cried a little bit in the shower – that I couldn’t get as far as I wanted.
But I kept going. And I worked at it. I changed how I ate (but not that I eat . . . I love food, no lie), and my entire lifestyle. This change in my lifestyle has continued and I am so happy now. My entire outlook on life has changed, and I can’t imagine ever going back. I work out all the time and I’ve become determined to be a better runner than I ever thought I would be. I’ve been dreaming really big for a long, long time and I’m willing to work for those dreams.
A few months ago someone close to me suggested, casually, that I should start writing about my experiences, my changes, my life, how hard this journey is, what I encounter and all the crazy things that everyone else is going to go through on a weight loss/health journey. So I thought it over and was like sure, let’s give it a go.
So this is me and my journey to run the best three point ones I can, move on to a six point two and maybe – just maybe – some day a thirteen point one or a twenty six point two. This is also about everything else that happens to me . . . work outs, food, products I use, crazy life events, the things that make me scratch my head and even the real knee slappers.
I’m so excited and hopeful this will go somewhere.