Running and Weightloss

I had been overweight almost my whole life. Throughout the years, the scale just continued going up and up. In 2008, I weighed almost 240 pounds!

This is me at my 10 year class reunion in October 2008! Yikes!

Looking back at the photos taken at the reunion, I knew I couldn't live like that anymore. I was very unhappy. I never wanted to go out anywhere, because I had nothing to wear and I was ashamed of my appearance. I knew I had to do something, but I wasn't quite sure what.

In January 2009, I started working on my diet.  I started by keeping a food journal. I had no idea how many calories I had been consuming! What an eye opener! I stopped getting fast food and started packing my own lunches for work. I slowly started losing weight and began feeling better inside and out.

May 2009, I bought a Wii Fit and began a daily routine of 30 minutes of physical activity a day and continued to keep my food journal.

Fast forward to November 2009. (55 pounds lost)

Things were progressing slowly. The weight was coming off and I felt great! Then in January 2010, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our son Liam. It was hard knowing that I was going to gain back a lot of the weight I had just lost, but I knew that the end result would make it all worthwhile. Besides, if I lost the weight once, I knew I could do it again.

After Liam was born (October 2010), I started over with the food journal and weight loss efforts. I worked with a few girls who were runners and they were so inspiring. I wanted to be like them. I wanted the energy that they had. At that point I began researching training programs and found one I liked.

I followed my C25K program diligently. I made it through every run, even though I was scared. In August 2011, I ran my first 5K (The Cheesehead Run) with my sister, Leslie. I've been hooked ever since!

Since then, I have run several 5ks, 10ks, a 10 mile run, and 3 half-marathons! Now I'm training for my first full, The Chicago Marathon on 10/13/13.

Looking back, I don't even recognize the person that I was only a few short years ago! Cheers to my new life and an incredible future!

Lindsay Kemker

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