Transformation Tuesday #23

Not only is there a difference in these two body shapes and smiles, but there’s a difference in these two mindsets. The woman on the left rarely exercised. The woman on the right, however, exercises nearly every day. Even if it’s just a walk, do it. Even if the journey seems too long or difficult, do it. Even if you feel every eye looking at you and judging you, do it. 

The picture on the left is from my trip to India in November of 2009. My journey to changing my lifestyle began the next month when I stepped on the scale for the first time in a year. I was shocked by the number that flashed before me! “How did I get here?” I thought. 

Instead of falling further into a pit of despair, I decided to do something about it. My first step was becoming more aware of what I was putting in my mouth. The second step was beginning to regularly move my body. No, I did not start with running. I first started with walking. It was another year and a half before running entered the picture. Read more about how I went from a couch potato to a marathoner HERE. 

Fast forward to today and exercise is now a regular part of my routine. Ideally, I run 5-6 days a weeks and incorporate strength training 2-3 times a week. Why do I say “ideally”? Because if I’m being honest, some weeks are better than others. Sometimes I lose focus and have to remind myself that there’s no end goal. Rather, this journey to better health is an everyday series of choices. A choice of what foods and drinks to put into my body and a choice of how I’m going to exercise. 

Friends, the journey may not always be easy, but it is SO worth it! Find a friend or family member to support you in your journey. Read and/or listen to books such as Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst to keep you on the right path. And even if you aren’t in the mood to exercise, go for a 20 minute walk. You’ve got this! I believe in you. 

Your sister journeying in this with you,

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Transformation Tuesday #22

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These pics are 10 years and about 40 pounds apart.

Does a journey always travel in one direction? The answer is no. Therefore, our own health journey does not travel in one direction either. There will be days where we are doing really well; exercising the right amount, eating the right food, having a really great balance in our lives.  But then, there will be days where we fall off the wagon; eating foods we know we shouldn’t be eating, not doing the exercises that we should be doing, and feeling a lack of balance in our crazy lives. Continue reading

Transformation Tuesday #21

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It’s time for a Transformation Tuesday post (my last one was over a month ago). As stated before, these side by sides help remind me where I’ve come from and where I’m going. The journey of health is just that, a journey. There’s no end game. Instead it’s one day at a time, one decision at a time.

Can you believe I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary as a No Meat Athlete?! Yes, 5 years of rethinking meal options. 5 years of trying to eat more plant-based foods. I’ve thought about reincorporating meat back in my diet, but for now I am happy continuing on the journey of meatless eating. (For more about my journey becoming a No Meat Athlete, read THIS post.) Trust me when I say I still struggle with food. I have a monstrous sweet tooth as well as a big problem with overeating. But again, I am on a journey. I have to remind myself it is not perfection I seek, but progress. One day at a time, one choice at a time and all by His strength.

Transformation Tuesday #20

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss now for 5 years. My journey began, however, 7 years ago. These pictures, therefore, help remind me of how far I’ve come. Can you believe that sometimes I forget how big I once was? I was over 200 pounds, a junk food junkie, and my favorite phrase was, “This body doesn’t run.” Fast forward to today… I’ve maintained a 60 pound weight loss, I’m a vegetarian, and in 12 days I’m running my 12th full marathon. All by His strength!

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Transformation Tuesday #19

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This weekend I’ll be completing my 10th marathon! No, I can barely believe it! Nearly 5 years ago I chose to go meatless as I was on my journey towards health. There have been times I’ve considered going back to eating lean meats, but for now I choose to remain meatless. Yes, my weight has fluctuated a little bit since the initial 60 pound weight loss, but nothing compared to how my weight use to yo-yo when I was desperately seeking quick fixes to my unhealthy eating and unhealthy lifestyle.

Anything worth having is worth working towards. I remind myself this when I want to “veg out”, sleep in, and forget about my goal of health. I am far from perfect and fall off of the bandwagon from time to time. I know, however, that I never want to go back to feeling unhealthy and unhappy. So, I will continue to set my alarm for 4:30am, run, and prepare my breakfast smoothie. 

Transformation Tuesday #18


This, my friends, is why I choose to keep on running. The woman on the left said, “This body doesn’t run.” The woman on the right said, “You’re worth it. Now get out there and run!” It was slow going at first, but in less than a year I went from couch potato to marathoner. To date, I have run a total of 9 marathons! By the end of 2016, I’ll have run a total of 12 marathons! 🏃🏻… Look how much bigger my smile is now compared to when I weighed 60+ pounds more! The smile on the right says, “I love my body. I am not perfect, but that’s ok. I’m going to continue on this journey of health because it feels good!” 

Transformation Tuesday #17

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Today’s ‪#‎transformationtuesday‬ is about family. What a joy it was this weekend to see my Aunt Diana again after last seeing her in 2009 when I went to visit her in India! My mom and Diana have been BFFs since high school. Diana has been there through it all, which makes her family. She is a woman of great faith, joy, and someone I look up to.  Continue reading

Transformation Tuesday #15

Are you letting fear stand in the way of what you want to do/accomplish? In these two pictures, there’s about a 60 lb. difference. On the left, although I overcame my fear of fish and picked one up while at the fish market in India, I was holding on to 60 pounds of fat out of fear of failing.

Many people tell me that they can’t run, can’t lose weight, can’t this, can’t that. Let me tell you that you CAN! Defeat your fear, feel the fear, and do it anyway!

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Transformation Tuesday #14


It’s Transformation Tuesday and today I’m taking a look at food. It’s something we can’t avoid and something that we encounter several times throughout the day. So, how do we make wise food choices? 

To be quite honest, this is still something I struggle with from time to time. For example, just the other morning I made myself a plant-based protein smoothie for breakfast, but when I walked into work what did I see… maple donuts! 🍩 I made the right choice and only ate half of one. See… It’s about finding the balance. 😉

To be honest, some things that help me make wiser food choices include:

1) I start every day with a balanced breakfast (preferably I drink a glass of warm lemon water before eating breakfast) 🍋

2) I pack healthy snacks so that I’m not tempted to grab something “junky” 🍏

3) I drink a full glass of water before I reach for a snack (chances are I’m dehydrated, not hungry) 💦

4) I aim for an 80/20 diet (80% plant-based/20% non plant-based) Since becoming a vegetarian 4+ years ago, I have consumed more fruits and veggies than ever before! 🍆

As for the pictures, the one on the right was when I was not following these above principles. I was eating anything and everything that came my way. I was not exercising, sick quite a bit, and felt quite miserable. The picture on the left, however, shows a woman who (for the most part) eats to fuel her body. She doesn’t restrict, but instead asks herself, “Will this fuel me for my busy day ahead / for my long run?” She is healthy, fit, and happy. She still has her “off” days, but she is quick to jump right back on the path of health and wellness. 

Please realize I am still a work in progress and am far from perfect. Also, I am not a registered dietician nor nutritionist. My hope is that by sharing my journey I may encourage someone else to make healthier food choices for themselves and/or their family. 

Remember friends… Food Matters!