Again, this is not a weight-loss blog. But it's obvious that health and fitness go hand-in-hand. And I thought that showing photos of my journey will allow you to get a better sense of where my life has taken me in terms of health, and why I started this blog. This is especially for those of you who don't know me at all, and also for those of you who have known me just a little while.
This is me as an overweight teen, well over 200lbs, and hardly motivated to change that. Running was the single activity from P.E. class that I loathed more than anything, because I couldn't even do one 400m lap at the track.
My official photo from the 2003 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon - my first of the now many half marathons I've participated in in my life. I clearly had to change my attitude toward being active in order to do this, and lose 100lbs too. I was 22 at the time this photo was taken.
And then life happened, and you guessed it. I turned to food to help me feel better during tough times. I gained back all the weight I lost, and then some. I used to be ashamed of this fact. Now I've owned it, put it behind me, and I know I'll be fit for life. This is me at my lifetime heaviest weight of almost 280lbs in 2008, with my sweetheart Cam.
And here I am summer of 2011, after losing 120lbs, regaining the figure I had at age 22.
And I think now I'm even better at running and more passionate about it too. Here's me excitedly preparing to go out for some hill repeats. I could be wrong but I might even look younger now in my 30s than I did at 22. I sure feel that way!
And now this is me right after the finish line glory at my first race of 2012, after a total weight loss of 134lbs, easily the fittest and healthiest I'd ever been, and well on my way to running my first marathon and kicking its butt (and this indeed did happen!).