Hello! My name is Missy, and I am the blogger behind Getting Fit to Find Myself. I live in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) with my husband, Justin, and our dog, Baylee. This blog came out of a want, I wanted a place to talk about how my fitness and weight loss journeys have helped shape who I am today.
In February 2012, I committed to a lifestyle change that included changing how and what I ate as well as adding fitness to my life. I had been on vacation with my boyfriend (now husband) when he took a picture of me feeding the stingrays at SeaWorld (see below). When I saw that picture I was devastated. Somewhere along the way I had let myself go. I vowed that minute that I needed to take action to get back to a much healthier place.
Within 24 hours of getting home from vacation I started taking steps to put my health and fitness plan into action. Initially, I started by focusing on my food intake and choices. After sometime, I started adding in more activity. First it was just adding steps to my day, then I started going to the gym, and over time I started to add a variety of activity in. Within a year of making those changes, I had lost over 60 pounds.
However, I don’t feel like the true transformation came until I added running in to my routine. I needed a new challenge and thought what better than to run a 5K on New Year Day. I trained for that 5K and as the race got closer, I got more excited. It was miserably cold on the day of the race, like -9 degrees Fahrenheit cold, but I still got myself out to run that race. I ran that race, or as much as you can run when you are frozen through and through. However, I knew when I finished that race that my life was forever changed, because I had found a new love.
Running helped me lose another 30 pounds but more importantly it helped me find myself. I have become a stronger more confident person, I believe I had both attributes before running, it just helped to bring them out even more.
Through my journey running has also helped me push myself outside my comfort zone. I have ran 5 half marathons! I have completed my first triathlon! I am an ambassador for a women’s running series, if that doesn’t show how running changed my life I don’t know what does! I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing those things before I picked up running.
This amazing journey has made me the person I am today! It has been long, hard, fun, frustrating, and exciting! And I know it is nowhere near the end, I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me!