Before and After posts are really weird. I’ve always found them satisfying and fascinating in a way. It wasn’t the extreme *~transformations~*. It was the hope that a person could set a goal and truly stick to it. It was that someone could define that goal and determine if each decision every day aligned with their aspirations.
I’m now at my after. If you meet me now, you’ll see me as a runner, a half-marathoner, and an incredibly determined person. That last one was always there though, it’s just been incredibly amplified by this amazingly supportive run group and my refusal to ever give up. I’m still the same person I was in my before photo, but I’ve increased my confidence, and reaffirmed my belief in myself. I’ve definitely gained more than I’ve lost. You could say I’m Shelby+ now.
“I’ve definitely gained more than I’ve lost.”
I’m one of the many people who’ve struggled with weight all their lives. I was never really unhealthy until I went to college and all-nighters fueled by energy drinks and whatever food delivered that late started the inevitable gain. I graduated, got a job all the way across the country, and the settling in enabled me to put on even more weight. I could feel myself getting sicker as my inactivity took a toll. Finally, I got a picture from a company Christmas party and instantly crumpled it up into my bag. I didn’t want to see it.
I’ve always tried dieting, weight-loss, all that. It wasn’t a new concept. But it never stuck because I didn’t want to do it. Weight-loss goals didn’t seem tangible in any way. So I set a new goal in 2016. I was going to run a half marathon. Period. “Screw the scale!” I said. I simply focused on running and fueling my body to do so. It was specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based (S.M.A.R.T.).
“I was going to run a half marathon. Period.”
I printed a one-size-fits-all plan off the internet and started filling in each day like a coloring book. Along the way, I found Team IBProFun: a group of inspiring and motivational people who took this beginning, slow, runner under their wings and cheered me all the way. I met my goal not once, but TWICE! I ran two different marathons in 2016 and now I’m here, a Team IBProFun Ambassador for The Heavenly Half Marathon. I never thought that a sport could give me so much. I’ve gained friends in my new home, an amazing community, and accomplishments that no one can ever take away from me. I’m eternally grateful to be able to represent this group and once again prove to myself the things I can do if I set my mind to it!
Oh yea, and while I was developing what I hope to be a lifelong love of running, I lost 30 lbs. So that’s pretty cool.