GwenDelicious! GwenDelightful! Here’s the long and short of it (or Short and Long!).
My name is Gwen and I recently turned 30 and got married. I live in the Washington DC area (Northern VA actually) though I grew up in Vermont.
I am a semi-functioning food addict. In 2005 I began to radically change my life. I joined Weight Watchers, began working out and eventually ran the Marine Corp Marathon in 2008. At one point, I had lost 135 pounds! As of present, I have regained an unfortunate substantial amount of that back, but I am working to get back there and beyond!
Short and sweet. Keep reading for more!
In October 2005, at 323.6 pounds, I joined Weight Watchers. As is the case for many severely overweight people, the weight melted off fairly quickly after I began to change my food choices. After several months and about 25 pounds, I began walking on the treadmill at the gym, eventually gathering the courage to begin elliptical-ing.
In March 2006, after having lost 50 pounds, a coworker convinced me I could run the Army Ten Miler. I signed up, not knowing if I could run A mile, much less 10. At her suggestion, I followed the Hal Higdon training program, and told myself I would run the race to prove I could, and then move on. I was convinced I hated running. But once I started, I found that was false. As any runner knows, running is seriously addictive, and I was hooked. That October I finished the Army 10 Miler and several weeks later, after one year on Weight Watchers, I was down 100 pounds (102.4 actually!).
I continued to follow Weight Watchers and sign up for more races. The weight continued to come off, though much more slowly of course, and I maintained a 125-130 pound weight loss for nearly two years. During this time in 2007, I met and fell in love with H.
Three years in, life got a lot more interesting. As of 2008, I had lost approximately 135 pounds and was clawing my way to lose more. At the same time, I moved in with H, began training for my first marathon, and went to seven weddings, all in one summer! By Fall 2008, I had actually regained about 10 pounds, and was seriously over juggling Weight Watchers, running and commuting (another story entirely!). I pushed through and in October 2008 with tears in my eyes and bricks for legs, I finished the Marine Corp Marathon in 6:10:44 surrounded by my friends and family.
The following summer, H proposed to me on a weekend trip to Lancaster, PA, shortly after we bought a condo together in Bailey’s Crossroads. No more commuting! And yet, I still found myself juggling new aspects of life; trying to reestablish myself as a runner and athlete, keep up with WW tracking and healthy choices, all while being more social and further relaxing my white knuckled approach to weight loss and healthy living.
In October 2010, H and I got married! And although I had regained an undesireable amount of weight back, I felt like the most beautiful bride and had an amazing day, surrounded by love.
After coming back from our amazing honeymoon in Aruba, I thought that life would go back to “normal” and I would be able to fully recommit to my healthy living choices and lifestyle. However, it has been a struggle. I’m disappointed that I’ve regained a great deal of weight back and lost a lot of my athletic drive. But I will not let a setback bring me down. I am recommitted to being the best Gwen that I can be. I have huge goals for my future and want to live the healthiest life possible with my husband and someday family!
I could go on and on (and on and on and…) about what losing weight has meant to my life, as well as what it is like to live severely overweight. And while I continue to struggle, I find blogging as my place to vent, share victories, and most of all learn from others on this crazy journey.
This is living! And I strive to make this my moment!
Some day I hope to run a sub 5:30 marathon at 175 pounds. BUT if I run 5:31 at 176, that would be okay too. I’ve really changed my life in the last few years and in the process, fell in love with a wonderful guy. And myself, all over again. It hasn’t been easy, hasn’t always been fun, but it has certainly been a learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Questions? Comments? Love? Email me! I’d love to hear from you. GwenPieBlog at gmail dot com.