Saturday, October 1, 2011 and less than 24 hours....

So, last week my friend Jen posted a request on her blog from a reporter at  She was looking for women over the age of 35 who had made a change and transformed their body and life.  I emailed her and told my story, ,attached my before and after pictures and honestly wasn't sure I would hear from her.  She replied back to me very quickly and asked me to answer a few questions about my journey.  Yesterday I received an email from her with the link to the piece she wrote on 9 women who had all found a "magic ingredient" to assist in their transformation.  You can find the article here:  There are some other pretty amazing women there to check out if you have a moment.  The focus of this piece was really to debunk the idea that if you are past a certain age that weight loss is not possible.  At 36 I don't feel like my age was that big of an obstacle - having two young kids was more of a challenge for me than anything.  But, as we get older it does get more difficult to shed those pounds - but it's not impossible.  These women shared some really great ideas to tackling weight and food addiction.  I have always said that my best advice to anyone would be - start today.  Don't wait for Monday, don't wait for the New Year to make some resolution - just start today.  Make one change that you can incorporate to your daily life and start there.  I think most people would be shocked to find how easy it is to change things - one at a time.  Don't restrict too much or it will too be hard to sustain it and then you just end up resenting the whole process. 

I honestly think that this attitude has helped me with my running as well.  I started running with a program that really broke you in easy and slowly.  I think that if I had attempted to just go out and run by myself with no direction I would not be where I am today with running.  Tomorrow marks my longest race and by far the largest race that I will have competed in.  I am not an elite runner and will not be crossing the finish line before everyone else - but I will be finishing.  And I will have a great time, I plan to soak in all that the Twin Cities Marathon weekend has to offer.  My 10 miles will be over relatively quick when compared to what some of the marathoners will be doing.  I can't wait to join all of the cheering people after I finish to support the rest of the 10 milers and the marathoners. 

Don't forget - if you want to track my progress tomorrow you can sign up at  You can search for other runners you may know as well - you can sign up to get up to three runners per phone number. 

I can't wait to report back to you all about my 10 Mile results.  I have a time goal in my mind but honestly will be happy and content with my finish regardless.  I have had a great ride training for this race and can't wait for it all to come to fruition tomorrow!

Good luck to all of my fellow 10 Milers - Melissa, Tracy, Erin, Jen, Nicole, Sue, Heather and anyone else I may have forgotten! 

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