Who am I?
I am Kelsey. A twentysomething runner, weight loss practitioner and college student. I love Jesus, food, running, reading, living life to the fullest and blogging. I am learning to love the life I’m living and live the life I’m loving. I have huge dreams for the future and am doing what I can now to make those a reality.
Why do you blog?
I began blogging as a way to keep myself accountable while training for the Kansas City half marathon in October 2010. I read in a magazine that creating a blog or journal is an effective way to keep goals, even moreso when people are aware of those goals. When the half marathon had came and gone, I realized that blogging was something I really enjoyed, thus came faith/food/fitness!
You must have grown up healthy.
Wrong. By age 17 I weighed in at 300 pounds.
I was always heavy growing up and emotionally ate my way through ages 9-17; I could put back a Big Mac and fries when I was nine years old. I had no concept of portions, nutrition labels or limits when it came to food thus my health and body image suffered. It literally happened like that one morning that I will never forget.
January 16, 2007 I woke up and told myself ‘I can’t continue my life this way,’ and to the gym I went. My life would have been cut short and I don’t believe I could be reaching any dreams of mine had I not hit rock bottom at that time and I needed to make a big change, which at the time consisted of going to the gym and getting on the elliptical machine, and no more fast food. Looking back, it was all gradual, but I saw the weight come off and I wanted to keep going. You can read about the journey in this post.
So here I am today. After four years, 130lbs lost, thousands of miles ran, countless vegetables consumed and years of energy gained, I have a new perspective on my body, what I put in it and how I treat it. We are three parts, mind body and soul; not one can function without the other.