what exactly was I thinking?

The winner of yesterday’s give-away from Hillary at Mint Julep Monograms is Dottie!  Congrats girl!

This was me.  With Tammy from Greek Grits ( on the left and best Blissdom 2010 roomie evah) and the sweet and gracious, MckMama. (I do believe she was pregnant with McFlurry in this photo! 🙂 ).   That’s me on the right. durr.
And this is me… with Robin from Pensieve.  Isn’t she gorgeous… and I love the story of her dress.  
But seriously… what was I thinking?  At the point that these photos were taken, I had gotten to the heaviest that I have ever weighed.  Yes.. even pregnant with twin girls.  Yes, even pregnant with a 10 lb. boy.  Heavier.  If I remember correctly, I had already seen my new GP (who is amazing) and gone through initial blood work and the “chat”.  I was close to Type 2 diabetes and being diagnosed with high cholesterol.  Ummmm, no thank you.

March 8, 2010 was it.  First day of Couch to 5K and Weight Watchers online.  I was bound and determined that things would be different.

There are a few areas in my life that I have not let Him have complete control over.  Food was one.  Exercise was another. Blah, Blah, Blah.  I’m an emotional eater.  I’m a mindless eater.  I’m a lazy chick.  I am not going to sugar coat it for you.  It’s not easy.  It’s hard.  You have to plan out what you are going to eat (within reason), you have to be aware of your portions, you have to counter act the caloric intake with the proper amount of exercise.  It takes perseverance, organization, tenacity and most importantly, it takes God.  I can’t do this by myself.  I can’t do this without Him.

Somewhere along the way.. through two amazing blogging communities called Losing It, it started clicking.  (I am going to refrain from any clickin’ and chicken comments.. just sayin’.)  Maybe it was the accountability.  Maybe it was the fact that I had to (no, noone was twisting my arm) publicly report on how the week had gone.  Publicly explain why instead of walking/running and watching what I ate, I ate an entire piece of chocolate cake and sat on my bottom watching Grey’s .  For the tenth time that week.  It started to click.

It’s September. Six months ago that was me up there.  Today, just a few short days after the true six month anniversary, I am 39 lbs lighter.  I’ve lost 25.5 inches.  I’m running.  Really.  I’m cross training.  Really.  Pilates.  Kick your bottom kind of cross training.  I’m training for a Half marathon.  The Half is at the end of  September.  Me.  That chick up there.  She’s changed a lot.

She’s this chick now.

The chick that is not afraid to post a picture of herself and her running buddy (cute Jenn Carden) after a nasty 9 mile run.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but this way of life, the trying to take care of this vessel He has blessed me with, it’s much better.  It feels right.  In the weeks to come, I’m going to keep talking and encouraging you (and me) to keep at it.  The cliche’, “It’s not just a diet, it’s a way of life.” is true.  It’s not a diet at all.  It’s the way that He wants me to live.

Today, I want to introduce you to two women that I haven’t met.  My friend Kathleen B. explained the whole #runlikeamother hash tag on Twitter one day and then I was hooked.  These two women are changing the way I run.    Please meet Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.

Aren’t they cute? 

They wrote this amazing book called Run Like a Mother – How to Get Moving – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity.


I love it so much.. and it has helped me so stinkin’ much… that I bought one just for you.  (Not all three of you that read this gets your own copy… ) UPDATE: Because SBS just made my day.. I am giving away three copies of each.. not just one!  Just a way to spread the love of the running mothers!

I’ve also thrown in a copy of Runner’s World magazine just for grins.  My triathlon buddy, Angela got me hooked.

Make sure you visit their website and check out their facebook page.  They have created a wonderful community of all types of runners.  From beginners like this chick to pros that encourage one another.

All you have to do is leave me a comment answering this question:  What or Who is it that made things start clicking and helped you realize things needed to change?

Can NOT wait to hear what you have to say!

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  1. I got into running this past spring, but then summer came and it got hot. now it's been a few weeks! Maybe this post will get me off my butt today.
    My daughter is who got me running. I wanted to be fit for her. (and me, but mostly her)

    1. Get back at it girl! It's still hot here and I try to go early in the morning or right at sunset when it starts cooling down. You can do it!!

  2. The “click” for me was when I finally realized I didn’t want to go anywhere because I was too fat, now of course I knew I was fat but really didn’t realize all the times I told someone no I can’t go. I finally wokeup and started moving again. As Dedra saidit is a constant thing to make yourself get up and workout but I feel better everytime I do it.

    1. Thanks TRIATHLON buddy… you are definitely much healthier! I am so grateful for your encouragement and friendship!

  3. A friend of mine started running while her husband was deployed to Iraq, I on the other hand kinda-sorta ate my way through my husband's deployment. I didn't necessarily gain a ton of weight, but I totally quit working out and for sure wasn't "watching" what I was eating. So when she started posting pics of herself and her race finishes on Facebook I was so determined to "be like her". They are really good friends of ours with more things in common with us than not, so I figured if she can do it so can I!! And so, it started. I started at the end of May, but have to admit that I haven't been truly faithful to myself. I am committed now more than ever since my husband will finally be home in less than 20 days. Not so sure I can lose those any significant weight in those days but I know I can try!!

    1. 20 day count down girl! Praying you kick it and feel amazing when you see your hubby's face! Thanks for stopping by and please thank those soldiers for me for all they do for us. I am grateful for their service and your sacrifice!

  4. Wow what a great story Dedra! Very inspiring to keep on running. Not sure if I had a click moment, I two also had twins, boys though, and after having them really needed to lose weight, tried a few things here and there, but finally started running. I fell in love with it! So I am still working on the losing weight part but I run because I love it. And I too am training for my first half, in Nov.! Good luck to you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Catrina! Your first half in November? Rock it girl! Here's to #runninglikeamother! Blessings to you!

      1. So I had a few moments to look around your blog. Very neat! I even become a follower of you because I to love Jesus, my family, coffee and running like a mother! Glad you posted on their fb page today, so that I could find you. Any advice on having twins? Mine are only 5!

  5. AWESOME journey on the weight loss and running, Dedra! I love the photo of you with friend after a NINE-mile run!!!! Incredible. You should be so proud of yourself–your commitment is admirable. (And I love the chicks on your page–such a cute blog!) Thanks for support of Run Like a Mother. Let us know how your half marathon goes. xo -SBS

    1. SBS! Honored you took the time to shout out and stop by. Grateful for the community that you and Dimity are building and the encouragement it gives to all us chicks!

  6. OMG Girl! SBS just gave you (and this post) a shout out on her Twitter page….! As for me, I'm still trying to make it click. Enjoying a love-hate relationship with running the past few weeks while nursing tendonitis in left ankle. So proud of you on your half training. Way to #runlikeamother!

  7. Just now clicking with me for realz even though I've needed to get serious about it for the last 4 (or more) years. But what has made it click is the health issues I am developing because of my poor eating, lack of exercising, stress controlled life.

    And of course the fact that you, BJM, Joanne, Ocean Mommy and others are all KICKING BUTT lately 🙂

    1. You are doing great girl! Don't give up and give in. All of us need to pick a 10k or a 1/2 to do together to celebrate! I'd love it!

  8. The click came for me a year and a half ago when i was 31 and decided I didn't want to look like that when I was 40. or 50. or 60. My knees were already bothering me and I realized I HAD to take better care of my body and my health if I wanted to have the energy to keep up with my 4 boys and be with them (Lord willing) for a long time.
    My husband has been a huge support during this time, and even lost 35 lbs and is in awesome shape now!

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