About Me

I’m a former sailor with a degree in chemistry who’s currently a stay at home mom.  My husband is serving in the US Jason and JenNavy and we have an 8 year old daughter, a 3 year old beagle, and a bun fresh from the oven.

I was a stick from the time I was born until I joined the Navy.  I never weighed myself and I really did eat anything and everything I wanted.  I wasn’t the most active kid and I spent my school career trying to find a way out of gym class.  When I enlisted at 18, I weighed 113 lbs.  Boot camp added 12 lbs of muscle on my frame, and I was 125 lbs when I made it to my first duty station — a training command not unlike college.  Like most teenagers away from home for the first time, I gained the “freshman 15” or in my case, 22 lbs over the course of 3 months.  I was 147 when I became pregnant for the first time.  I gained 53 lbs and was hitting the scale at 200 when my daughter was born.

In January of 2002, I decided it was time for a change.  I was watching Body Challenge (a precursor to Biggest Loser) on Discovery Health and figured, if they can do it, I can do it.  I turned off the tv and went for a run.

I was hooked.

Between watching my calories and running, I lost 75 lbs and was back to my boot camp weight of 125.  That’s when I decided to start training for my first marathon.

I’ve been “training” for my first marathon for almost 8 years.

From the start, I was plagued with injuries and never made it over 5 miles.  Eventually I was diagnosed with chondromalacia and I have about 1/3 the amount of  cartilage a normal person has.  I would stop running for months at a time and then have to start all over when I began to run again.  Of course, when I stopped running, I didn’t change my diet and I slowly gained back most of the weight I had previously lost.

Run2Register 10kOver the last year, I managed to lose 20 lbs (after gaining 50 lbs back) and managed to consistently run.  I ran my first 10k and even finished a half-marathon.  For the first time, I really thought I was going to run a marathon.  I even signed up and paid the entry fee for the Marine Corps marathon in October.  Instead of “training,” I was training.

Of course, then the husband and I were lucky enough to get pregnant, and while I would love to run 26.2 miles when I’m 6 months pregnant, my body just wasn’t going to let that happen.  Now that Harper Grace is here, I can get back to my fitness goals and run my first marathon!
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