December 6, 2010

Funky, A Bunch

I loathe this picture, but I can't stop using it

Do you see this misfit? This was a 216 lb. person who had not done any physical activity in about 10 years, aside from lifting fork to mouth pretty religiously. But something began to happen to this person. Her body was not working so well.

Do you know what happens to the body when you don't exercise? (And by exercise, I do not mean parking a little farther away at the grocery store or taking the stairs a couple of times a week.) When you don't exercise, your body gets decrepit, for lack of a better word.

I believed that I was so big and my joints and everything hurt so much that I could not do much exercise. But one day it hit me that there were near 500 pound people on the Biggest Loser and they were running miles and not dying. You know the other neat thing about them? They were losing weight.

Hmm.

I started off slowly. I didn't have any big plans. Just walked a mile at first. Added a little jogging here and there. Then one day, about a month into working out, I decided to attempt jogging a mile. It was very difficult, but I did it.

The next time I went back and tried again. This time it seemed harder and I really wanted to quit. As my hand reached for the stop button, I had one of my key "aha moments." That right there was what I always did. I never pushed myself beyond me and my assumed capabilities. So that day, I did what seemed very unnatural and was very painful. I kept going.


211 lbs--Ran my first mile

A few weeks later, I put the treadmill on the 5K setting and went for it. The taste of achieving what seemed so far out of reach was addictive. I ran 5K without stopping for the first time when I weighed 203 lbs.

I continue to exercise and push for new goals. Some days are easier than others. Some days I don't feel like doing anything and to be honest, I might not. It takes a lot of prayer, focus and accountability to continue on.

My buddy Norma, whom I have mentioned before, recently had to drag me out of my house to exercise. It was last Saturday, the day before I was to run the longest distance I have ever run in a Marathon Relay. It was after dark, in the freezing cold and she did it because we had made a pact to exercise 6 out of 7 days a week and she knew I wasn't. I made several excuses, and really each of them was extremely legit, but she wasn't taking no for an answer. She met me up there, walked with me in her regular clothes while her family was waiting on her to get home from a long day--just to make sure I did it. Now that's true blue.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, everybody needs a Norma. You have to have someone to help snap you out of the funk. The funk is one thing that I can always count on. It's like death and taxes. (Isn't that what they say?) It creeps into my mind and it doesn't want to leave. I try not to always be a downer on the blog and I hate to say that because the last thing I want to do is discourage anyone. It's true though. The longer you stick with it, the funkier it gets. (Someone quote me on that, please!?) The only thing is, once I get through a funk, I come out stronger. So I am even more prepared to get through it the next time

Good news--I think I am out of my latest funk. I ran yesterday in a 5-person marathon relay. It was really COLD and a lot of waiting, but all day today I can not stop thinking of how much fun it was! Here I am after I finished my leg of the race (4.5 miles):

Okay, so maybe I'm still a misfit but at least I'm a FIT misfit.
Shoot for a Half in 2011, perhaps? I mean, I gotta keep going--it's what I do.

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot
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21 comments:

Tricia said...

go for the half! :)

Kate said...

Go for it! I'm going for a 10K next year! And I'm STILL 205 pounds.

Tami said...

That is so awesome! Love your progress photos, you are beautiful!

Diet Chic ~ Jury said...

Totally go for it. you can do it! Keelie, You´re full of inspirations, I think the one thing you DON´T do, is discourage people. Thanks!

Jill said...

always so inspiring. it is amazing how mental running can be and i have to say you look so great. keep it up.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

TOTALLY awesome!!!

Lucy K said...

You rock!!

Michelle @ Those Last 75 Pounds said...

Having completed a half in February of this year, I totally know that you can do it and rock it. You won't regret it!!

Christine said...

wonderful! and love your face in the first pic..too funny.

Kelly said...

The half is calling your name! Go for it ! You're amazing!

Maria said...

Again, Keelie, you just inspire me to keep going! I am so proud of you and think you should run the half! You can do it - stay outta that funk! =) Blessings to you!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Definitely go for it. It just takes commitment, and you have that.

I love the difference in the first two pictures... not in your physical appearance, but in your facial expression... that second girl knows she started something great!

Deb said...

You are such an inspiration. I posted some before and after pics at Jeremiah 29:11 today...and the the close up of me in the "before"...makes me sick!!! But I have to look at it as a reminder to NEVER allow that person back into my life ever again!

Anne H said...

Truly awesome !!

Amy W. said...

You know what I thought when I saw that first picture pop up on my dashboard? I thought it was Keelie wearing a fat suit...

Like in Shallow Hal? That's what I think when I see my before pictures as well.

It's like us...but really padded. I think you have done awesome and are beautiful!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

So cool... way to get out of the funk!
I want a Norma!!!!

~Margene

Riema's Journey said...

oh you are such an inspiration. I love following your blog. You can do it, and just go for it.

Michele said...

Love this post. Love your pictures. Great story. Great inspiration. Thank-you!

ChadMD said...

Geeez keelie! i havent been on blogger in a while but your progress is sooo amazing! I'm extremely proud of you

The past two months I've also really been pushing my work out routine and i've started getting up at 5 am and doing crossfit workouts. its some of the most insane stuff ever. hopefully I'll stop in front of my computer long enough sometime to write about it.

anyways hope you continue to pursue and demolish your goals. prayin for ya!
(sorry this comment was longer than i had planned)

Kristi said...

I had a friend who wouldn't take no for an answer and drug me out of the house to exercise. I wanted to push her down when she wouldn't let me quit that first day of the C25K. Good thing I didn't! She knew I needed the push to get started! ;) Yay for Norma pushing you!

I haven't been exercising at all lately and have been feeling guilty about it. I know I need to, but I just hate it. I'm much better at being lazy. :-P I must get back to it though because the funk is getting funkier without doing it! ;-)

klg0816 said...

When you are ready to run a half marathon...all alone...I want to be there to cheer you on. So, let me know when it's that time! Although you may not want to hear me screaming..."You can do it Keelie! You can do it!" lol