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- Below is the article that was published on an internal website at my company today. The article was posted this morning and resulted in many many emails today. I LOVE LOVE that people were willing to take time to email, congratulate me and ask questions about how they can get started. Very very uplifting day in Tall Mom Land. I don't totally agree with the "Couch Potato" label because we were relatively active, but I was very out of shape.
'Tall mom on the run' gains energy,
drops 50 pounds
Melanie went from being a “couch potato” to training for a marathon. By making lifestyle changes -- and discovering her love of running -- she has gained energy and lost 50 pounds (23 kg) in the past 2 years. (Marian Lockhart photo)
“Running is my escape,” said Melanie Faulkner, who works in Renton, Wash. “But I haven’t always been a runner.” Despite having played basketball for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Faulkner took up running only two years ago.
Faulkner -- a 30-year-old mother of two and her family’s sole breadwinner -- admitted that before that, “I was burned out after college and became a couch potato for about six years.” The combination of her inactivity and two pregnancies resulted in a gain of more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and two dress sizes.
“I got tired of being heavier, not being in shape and not being an athlete,” said Faulkner. In June 2008, Faulkner became motivated by the company offer to contribute $100 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on her behalf if she ran a 5K race. She signed up with co-workers and started training. “At first, it was really hard to train,” she said. “My lungs burned, and things were bouncing around that weren’t supposed to. It took everything I had to keep running and finish the race.”
Following that first race, Faulkner knew she had to get in better shape. She set a goal to run the Capital City Half Marathon the next May. That gave her about 10 months to prepare. Her busy schedule limited her availability to train, so she started fitting in runs during her lunch hour.
“My building is surrounded by great running trails, and we have wonderful locker-room facilities. These things combine for an easy lunch run,” explained Faulkner. “Two of my co-workers ran often and really inspired me early on. They let me tag along when I was slow and out of shape.”“Having a race to train for and a training schedule really keeps me focused,” said Faulkner. She continues to run three or four times a week during her lunch hour, rain or shine, and fits in longer runs on weekends. “Even on wet and cold days, I know that I will feel better after a run. I never regret going for a run.”
“My training progressed and my body responded. The weight came off with the increased calories I burned and attention to my diet,” said Faulkner. She cut back on snacking, decreased her portion sizes and started eating more fruits and vegetables. “I started making smarter decisions at the grocery store and thinking ahead about packing healthy choices to bring with me to work.”
After completing that first half marathon last May, Faulkner was hooked. She has run another half marathon, a marathon and several 5K races and is currently training for another marathon.
Faulkner established a blog called “Tall Mom on the Run” -- she’s 6 feet (183 cm) tall -- and uses it to track her distance, speed and how she feels during runs. Her blog has attracted more than 300 followers, and Faulkner is challenging them to try running 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in 2010.
Running has become a habit for Faulkner. She has lost over 50 pounds (23 kg), feels more energized and now wears a smaller dress size than she wore in high school. Additionally, her onsite health screening results have shown a marked improvement over the last two years.
Faulkner offered this advice to anyone seeking to become active: “The hard part is getting started. Purchase good shoes and socks. Set short-term and long-term goals, and celebrate with incentives when you reach those goals. I bought new jeans when I hit my goal weight. Make a weekly plan. Follow the plan and check the boxes as you go. Focus on the things you did accomplish, and do not beat yourself up for missed days. Eventually, physical activity will become a habit and a way of life. I am a busy mom with a full-time job and I ran 1,033 miles last year. If I can do it, anyone can.”
- My true hope is that this article will reach just one person and help them to find his/her way toward a healthier life.
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