Thursday, August 2, 2012


Last night, while I was trying to fall asleep, I couldn't stop thinking about the journey I have placed myself on these past few months. Since May of this year, I have committed myself to getting back to the person I was prior to working nights for a year and a half. Before the night shifts, I was a person who worked out pretty regularly, had much passion/enthusiasm for my hobbies and enjoyed socializing with my few close friends. Then while working those night shifts, because I needed to support myself, my health (mentally/physically) was slowly, and then towards the end very quickly, deteriorating.

I have been back working days now for just over a year. It took me many of those first few months to become human again. And then a couple more months to get that desire and passion reignited within me once more.

My sister and niece's visit in early May was my turning point in getting my body back into shape. While I was eating healthy all along, I struggled with getting exercise. So with their visit, the daily walking all over the city, and just having family close by again, was all it took to get the ball rolling for me. Now I don't struggle with a routine of consistency. Now there is no stopping me.

Two weeks after their visit I had finally lost 3 pounds and several inches. Then a week later I put myself on a 3 Day Green Juice Cleanse and lost 6 more pounds. I gained 3 of those pounds back but just two weeks later I took them back off.

Only July 5th, I returned to my old ways of getting my run done first thing in the morning prior to going to work. When that alarm goes off at 5:30 am every morning, not only am I getting up for that run, my honey is doing it with me. His support has meant the world to me because I know he is not a morning person. 

Now four weeks since starting this morning running adventure, getting up that early is second nature. Two weeks ago I lost 2 more pounds. This week another half pound. Right now my total weight loss is 11.5 pounds. Just 3.5 more pounds and I will have taken off the 15 pounds I gained while working nights. This is a small victory towards the bigger goal that I will gladly accept.

I am now running 5 days a week and feel so much stronger. My body is transforming itself back into the healthier version of me I use to be. On July 16th, I began my training for the NYC Marathon on November 4. I ran this race in 2006. I will run this race again in 2012.


  1. I love hearing/reading stories about regaining self. Yay for you and thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Sounds like you're doing great! I love that you're running the marathon again. :-)