When I was 27 I was finding it hard to be active in ways that I had when I was younger and was having a noticeably hard time with simple activities such as climbing stairs and getting winded. I had tried diets all my life to lose weight, but due to a medical condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome) it made it almost impossible to lose weight. I approached my doctor about having gastric bypass surgery and with the medical evidence that I was developing arthritis in my knees and that I was 5'5" and pushing 250 pounds I was granted the surgery. My goal with this surgery was to become a runner. In July 2009 I had my surgery and after starting a couch to 5k program and pushing myself, I ran my very first 5k in March of 2010!
When I started running I would always get sideaches, and I never thought that I could be one of those people that could just pull on a pair of running shoes and just go. It was a long time before I was able to run a full mile without stopping, but what kept me going was my Gym Girl Ultra Skirt. When I finished my first 5k my gift to my self was this amazing skirt, but to keep my motivation up I purchased it in a small so I had to work to get into it. I hung it on my wall so that every morning I could look at it and know that one day I would be wearing that Skirt to run in and know that everything that I was doing to better my life was worth it. I gave up fast food, soda and 90% of the candy and sweets that I normally ate because I knew that they would not help to get into my Skirt.
I'm 5 years post surgery, I've lost over 125 pounds and have completed 7 half marathons, 2 15k's, 6 8k's, 12 5k's, I have run 2 Hood to Coast Relays, and 3 Warrior Dash obstacle runs! I have gone from a size 20 that was getting tight to a size 2/4 and my Skirt has helped me to feel like I can conquer the world of running. I'm currently preparing for my 8th half marathon, as well as my first FULL marathon and will be participating in Hood to Coast for the 3rd time in August 2013.
I have included a photo from my 12th 5k this morning, Race for the Roses, in the city of Roses, Portland, Oregon. I also included a photo from my heaviest weight which was 250 lbs in 2007.
Having my Skirt has helped me change my life so that now I can be the person that pulls on my running shoes, my Race Belt Skirt and a long sleeve shirt and go run without a thought to how I look, but rather to how running makes me feel: HAPPY !!!!
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