In August of 2010 I had my son, and once this child entered my life I knew that every single decision I made about my health from that point on not only affected me, but Elijah as well. I am a type 1 Diabetic and this alone makes all of my health decision even more serious that I ever thought it would be at this point in my life. I was watching other with Juvinile Diabetes who were also overweight, and not caring crumble right in front of me. So I made the tough decision to have Bilopancratic Diverson with Dueondeal Switch. I was 250lbs and saw only more weight being added to that at a rapid pace.
|Thanksgiving 2010 (255lbs)|
Typically this surgery in particular is used for those patience that have more than 300lbs to loose. However, because of my Diabetes the surgeon wanted to make sure that I had low food intolerance once I got around to eating again.
On June 2, 2011 I went in for the surgery, and had no idea how much my life would change over the next year. I went through several ups and downs emotionally and physically while I dealt with becoming a new person. Around February 2012 is when I decided it was time for me to add exercise to this weight loss journey. I was 170lbs and had stop losing weight for about a month. I decided on running. Running was my alone time, my let it all out time. I simply started with ½ mile run ½ mile walk, and let me say that walking any distance at 170lbs is WAY easier that at 250lbs.
|Training for the Fifth Third 5k|
Week by week I added mileage slowly along with getting advice from another mom who had run before she has her first child. Together Ashley and I decided that In May of 2011 we would run Fifth Third Riverbank run 5k together. Now I think back about how scared I was to run 3.1 miles and I laugh, but then remind myself that 3.1 miles is HUGE. How many people can say that have run that distance? On May 12, 2012 I ran the 5k alone because Ashley ended up with a knee injury. This made the entire ordeal even more nerve wracking for me. I was able to accomplish all of the goals I had set for myself for this specific run. I ran the entire run without stopping to walk at all and I finished in less than 30min, 29min58sec to be exact
After this run I guess you can say we became addicted. Ashley and I made plans to run several 5ks and 10ks that summer but summer can and went and I ran some, but not as much as I could have or
should have. At the end of summer 2012 we decided that in order to get back on track we need to make a commitment to run in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k (15.5 miles) in May 2013. Ashley was more than willing and signed up immediately. I on the other hand waited, and waited and then waited some more. Finally December came around and with the help of Ashley and the encouragement of my husband Josh and 2 yr old son Elijah I registered for the 25k and the real training began.
|My Husband (Josh) and I at the finish line |
of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 5k
I had my tom-tom Nike Plus watch and some awesome running shoes and I was ready. Three short runs a week ranging from three to five miles a week and long runs on Saturdays starting at five miles and adding two miles almost every week until we hit a half marathon (13.1 miles). After months of running and running, and oh, more running May 11, 2013 came around. We ran all 15.5 miles in 3 hours 1 min and 26 sec. We held hands as we crossed the finish line. It was beyond amazing. The run was amazing that in October 2012 Ashley and I are running a full marathon (26.2 miles) to continue to feed our addiction.
I was given a tool almost 2 years ago. While yes the number on the scale has gone down, I am holding very steady on the scale at 156lbs for the past year. My A1C is and awesome 5.6, all my labs come back perfect every single time, but most importantly I can play with my son. I can get on the floor with Elijah without my back hurting, with out my knees bothering me, without feeling any pain. I am also stronger. I am a stronger friend, I am a stronger wife, and I am strong mom. I love where I am with my health and my running.
None of what I have said means that I do not have bad days, or eat things that I should not, but I am only human. I was only given a tool by having weight loss surgery. It is my responsibility ti take that tool and use it correctly to benefit my life and make it better for myself and my family.