My name is Tiffany and I am a wife, new mom, and former overweight person who has fallen in love with running. In 2008, after a doctor’s visit and realizing that I’d never weighed 200-anything in my life, that was more than enough motivation for me to pull back from the table a little and put on my workout clothes. Over the course of a year and a half, I lost 50-60 lbs by calorie counting. I know some people are against calorie counting. But for me, this helped me to learn what and how much to actually eat. Now I am focused more on my nutritional intake. It took a long time to get to this point.
If I knew then what I know now, it wouldn’t have taken over a year to lose the weight. I have learned so much, like not to just hop on the elliptical for an hour five times a week and only do one strength training day. We live and we learn. I started running near the end of my weight loss journey to lose the last 10 lbs in 2011. That’s when I really started to see my body change and become stronger and I’ve loved it ever since. In 2013, I had my first child who is now 9 months. I’m proud to say that I have lost the baby weight and am back on a regular fitness routine.
my training if that makes sense. Basically, I recently decided to train for my
fifth half marathon, which isn’t until November. My training doesn’t actually
start until August 18th. Until then, I am trying to maintain a 4-mile base and
focus on strength training.
your training with family time? With work?
schedule for myself really helps. If I know I have something planned, then I
don’t want to let myself down by skipping what’s on schedule. That being said,
I recently ran a 10k which I trained for 12 weeks. This was my first time
seriously training for a race post baby. I did most of my runs and cross training
in the mornings, since that was the time of day me AND my baby had the most
energy. On mornings I needed to run, I would go around nap time, to be sure I
could get through the entire run without interruption. The rest of my day was
spent with my son, doing things around the house, cooking dinner, running
errands, and then once my husband got home from work, I wouldn’t have much to
do except spend time with the both of them. There was the occasional time
I had to run or workout in the evenings. I hated it because it would push
everything, including dinner and bedtime back for all of us. To sum it up, I
found that “sweet spot” in the day and took full advantage!
Now, the answer to
this will be changing because ironically, in a week in a half, I will be returning
to work full-time. So PLEASE wish me luck. 🙂
down my biggest support. He knows that if I miss a workout, I turn into the
dragon lady at home, lol. Seriously, exercising is my me time and allows me to
de-stress before taking on long days with the baby and other household chores
to name a few, so he is all for it!