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

Face to Face Friday #1

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It’s #facetoface #transformation time! There’s about 50 pounds and nearly a decade separating these two faces. I’ll be honest and say that even though I’ve been maintaining my weight loss for about 5 years now, I have the fear of returning to my previous, unhealthy self. When this fear creeps in, I try to battle it with sticking to what I know… running and plant-based eating. The woman on the left most certainly was not exercising nor eating plant based. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I’m far from perfect, still learning, and in it for the journey, not the destination.

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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 #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 #13

Today’s #transformationtuesday is a little different because it’s all about the marathon! Instead of comparing my pre-weight loss body to my post- weight loss body, I am comparing me from my first marathon, to my most recent marathons, numbers 7 and 8.

My first marathon was on March 4, 2012. I had only began running less than a year prior, on March 27, 2011. The marathon terrified me! I had no idea what to expect! The furthest I had run in my training was 18 miles. The marathon also really excited me! When I rounded the last corner and saw the finish line, I threw my arms up and jogged victoriously over the finish line. I had done it! I was a marathoner!

I was also in a lot of pain! My hips were in excruciating pain. I went home, took an ice bath, and laid in bed for the rest of the day. I was very sore and it took a while to recover.

Fast forward to my most recent marathons. Yes, I say marathons because I did marathon number 7 on April 30th and then did marathon number 8 on May 1st! I would love to report that my time from my first marathon to numbers 7 and 8 were dramatically faster, but they were actually petty similar… All close to 4 hours and 35 minutes. The BIG difference, however, was how my body felt, my recovery window, and my ability to complete another marathon the day after crossing the finish line of a marathon!

There is just something about the marathon that I love! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I could do back to back marathons when I first went out for a jog in 2011 and could barely jog two blocks! With hard work, determination, and by God’s strength ALL things are possible!

So, this brings me to my next goal… I’ve tried training on my own using various training plans, but my marathon time hasn’t seen much of a change. I, therefore, shall seek out a coach, whether in person or online, and I WILL get faster! I WILL be able to keep up with Joyce Lee the next time she is pacing a marathon! 😉

“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot!” – Joe Vitale

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