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Hello My Pretties.  I have missed you so much!  I know it doesn’t count for much, but I have several reviews (and pairs of shoes to get rid of!) already written up.  I am just waiting on my photographer to stop hijacking my blog and start taking pictures.  I may have to take photos of the shoes by themselves.  I know you will miss pictures of my feet and ankles, right?

But this post has nothing to do with shoes.  It is all me.  Raw and exposed.  No, not that kind of exposed!

I have been overweight for as long as I can remember.  My weight has fluctuated and I have lost weight here and there, but it never stuck.  I have been very careful with what my daughter eats so she doesn’t end up like me.  Recently, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  The best way to have her not end up like me, is to not be this way anymore.  So for my 30th birthday I requested money to officially join Weight Watchers.  Since that time I have consistently lost weight each week and am feeling incredibly motivated and positive.  Also, I find some great inspiration on Pinterest, (visit me by clicking here) which I will share with you throughout this post.

About two and a half weeks ago I decided to challenge myself even more.  I have always been terrified of running.  I was never good, in school I was always the slowest.  I developed early and was large chested.  This made running an even bigger challenge requiring at least two sports bras, often three.  When I was 21, I had breast reduction surgery.  I swore that the ability to move more easily and the reduction in back pain would mean I would be more active and eventually a runner.  That never happened.  Until now.  I made the decision to start the Couch to 5 K program.  My husband started at the same time and has been incredible.  I started religiously and gave it my all.  I put together a great mix on my iPhone with the help of my friends, downloaded the C25K app, and got my ass off the couch.  The program is designed to take participants from the couch to running a 5K marathon in around 9 weeks.  The first week wasn’t easy and I experienced horrible shin splits.  With great advice from friends, I stretched and iced and did everything I could to help with the pain.  Then 2/3 through week 2 the knee pain started.  My family has a history of knee issues, but I am young enough that I know building muscles will be a huge help and losing the weight is the best thing I can do.  I don’t want to injure myself so I took a few days off.  My knees are feeling better and I am getting ready to get back to it.

I know it will take me longer than the allotted time.  I am planning on restarting week 2 this week.  I have tried to do this quickly in the past and either injure myself, burn myself out or get frustrated and quit.  This is why I know things are different.  I am positive, I am dedicated, I am not discouraged and I am unstoppable.  It will take more than shin splints and sore knees to stop me.  I am on this journey for the long haul.  I will cross the finish line of a 5K race.  I have a great support sytem around me.  I have more faith in myself than I ever have had.  I just have to keep telling myself..

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