Health enthusiasts often look to weight-loss success stories for motivation to fuel their own transformation or to keep their motivational flame sparked. But, many folks find themselves becoming discouraged when they realize that some of these success stories include formerly overweight people who have run marathons.
Often, people see my own story of transformation and react in the same way. Much of the time, these articles include photos of me running a race. To the reader, this triggers the thought: Oh, she ran a lot ... that's how she lost weight.
But that is not at all how I lost weight. We all start somewhere ... and it's usually at a much different place from where we are at now.
Here's the truth: I lost nearly 100 pounds before I ever even started jogging!
There was just no way that someone my size (at the time) could push that much weight around so quickly. Running creates a lot of extra stress on the body when you are already overweight to begin with! If you happen to be morbidly obese like I was, running is not such a swell exercise to start out with … I don’t care what The Biggest Loser tries to tell you.
What did I do before I became a runner? I focused on low-impact exercises daily.
Things to try: