Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Post I've Procrastinated on for 3 Months.

On a Wordless Wednesday, 3 months ago,  I posted this picture:


and wrote that I would follow up with the story.  and then I didn't.

    I only had like 5 followers then, so I guess it would have gone mostly unread anyway.

I did talk about my childhood obesity briefly in the interview I did for TruthinSlimming, but my life would be COMPLETELY different if I'd never lost the weight, so it deserves it's own post.

Here goes nothing, this is going to be lengthy.

     I was, for pretty much my entire childhood, a chubby kid.  Like most children who have weight problems, I went from chubby kid to overweight adolescent;  had I not decided to make life changes when I was 13, I would most likely still be struggling with my weight today.  I never would have discovered my ability to run, it's highly unlikely I would have my physical lifeguarding job, I wouldn't be pursuing my training cert, and I'm 99% positive there would be no Nolan (due to my PCOS).

  (Note: I'm not saying that you can't do any of these things if you are overweight; I'm saying for me, personally, I'm fairly certain they would not have happened.) 

My younger cousins and I at the beach where I currently work.
  This is about a year before I started losing the weight.

    None of my other family members had weight problems; my younger bro and sis were string beans and my dad was (and still is) super fit.  (Side note: My birth announcement in his work newsletter joked that I was born with New Balance Running Sneakers on :D)  
     
     One of the things that likely contributed to my excess weight was a diagnosis of Legg Calve Perthes.  LCP is a childhood hip disease where the ball of the hip doesn't form properly (my right hip ball is still misshaped).  For almost 2 years (2nd and part of 3rd grade) I had to wear a brace that looked like this : 
I tried to find a pic of me wearing it, but no luck

    This meant very little physical activity for me, but after a few years of treatment I was good to go :)

    I don't remember exactly when I started to notice that I was "fat" and that being fat was a negative thing.  Probably around 5th grade and I realized it more each year after, very rarely did anyone say something nasty to my face, but they weren't exactly discreet about making fun of me either.

   7th and 8th grade were really tough for me socially.  Not only was I overweight, I was super quiet and a little immature as well.  I loved Winnie the Pooh and I used to always wear a dress with his picture embroidered on it (junior high suicide ;)  I was fortunately some what naive as well and couldn't tell a lot of the time when I was being mocked, but looking back I can see it now.  My high weight was around 160-170 (based on phys. ed fitness test) @ 5'2" (now 5'4")

   I spent A LOT of time day dreaming in my room.  In all my dreams I was thin and pretty.  I remember vividly, in 8th grade (right before I started losing weight that summer), thinking over and over again about how I was going to come back to school thin.  I was going to get the (positive) attention of everyone who ever made fun of me or looked down on me.   I wanted to shock people; wanted to prove something.

   I don't recall what made my thirteen year old self go from sitting around dreaming to getting up and making it a reality, but I'm still amazed (and thankful [to myself :D])  at the courage she had.  One day I just up and decided to start walking around my block (almost 1mi), I got out there and walked my little heart out for 5 laps. I continued to do this everyday (I didn't start running till after I reached my low weight). When my family would drive to the local beach club about a mile away, I would walk and meet them there. 

     And that is basically it,  I knew what I wanted and I kept walking till I got there.  I definitely started eating better too, I didn't go on any diet plan, I just ate healthier.  I think one thing that made a HUGE difference was getting rid of all juices from my diet and drinking solely water.  I'm lucky that I've never enjoyed soda, but I drank a LOT of juice.

    By the time I started 9th grade I was down to around 135 and continued to lose till I reached 115-120. and yes I cause quite a commotion :D

  I still have a bunch to say on this topic, but I'm going to save that for another post in the next few days.

35 comments:

Rose said...

Thank you for sharing this. And how totally rad is it that you did this on your own. You must have been a pretty bad ass 13 year old.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You have made such a transformation and will positively impact our struggling youth population when you becoe certified! Thank you for sharng such an honest post!

Jonathan Rohr said...

"I knew what I wanted and I kept walking till I got there."

Setting a goal and going for it- the mantra of winners. Good for you, keep it up!

Julie said...

What a cool little kid you were. The sweet winnie the pooh part shows a sweetness and naivete that I wish more kids had...
and what a cool little kid you were to make a dream a reality and not give up until you reached it.

Loved the first part of your story, Katie!

Cam said...

Great work. That's an amazing transformation.

TRI714 said...

Great job !! Now drop and give me 50 !! j/k kids can be cruel. I was the opposite, rail thin until 1st year of college where I apparently decided to hit puberty that summer and gained 30 pounds of muscle. I never got crap at school because even bing a high school senior at 135 lbs. I was always an abov average athelete. But I did see what other kids went throgh. I have to say, I'm glad I did not have to. Again kids/people are cruel.

trifitmom said...

amazing

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That's really awesome - great story, and way to stick with it over the years.

Diet Chic ~ Jury said...

Wow, what a great story.. If your 13yr old self could see you now, she would be PROUD. The day- dreaming came true :)

Amanda@runninghood said...

What an amazing and inspiring story! You are one strong woman. Wow. So much to be proud of.

RockStarTri said...

Thanks for sharing this. Honest. Raw. Inspiring.

Danielle said...

This is awesome. Great Job.

Dax said...

Very inspiring, thanks for sharing your story, takes a lot of courage.

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

truly amazing and inspiring! You're body is insane now. woot! =)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Thank you for sharing your story! Sometimes I read blogs of skinny runners and see them complain about their bodies but there is no back history. Which honestly I don't think you've really complained about your body but i've seen some who have done it. You have given me your perspective from both sides and that is good!

Cynthia said...

Such a great post and very inspirational. Thanks for sharing your story!

Chelle said...

Wow, what an inspirational story babe. You're living proof that you can achieve anything you want to. Keep kicking arse ;-)

californiadreamin said...

Very inspiring story lady! Thanks for sharing. I was a chubby kid too so I can relate.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

To have that kind of drive and motivation at that age is amazing. And to do it on your own... BRAVO!
If you can do it at 13 , I sure can do it at 42!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Chris K said...

Wow. Wow. You continue to throw me curve balls young lady. It's so amazing that it all started with a walk around the block. Then, eating more mindfully. Crazy. I'm still going to kick your butt at Burpees.

coach dion said...

A real Forest Gump story, now just keep running accross the USA

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love hearing background stories.

MuncherCruncher said...

Katie...I am speechless. You are so amazing. What a transformation, and so inspiring! It is so awesome to hear the story of someone who didn't crash diet, didn't starve, didn't workout 18 hours a day...just decided to change some things a be a little more healthy. I think that so many people need to hear these stories to be reminded of the fact that a) it's possible and b) small changes can make a BIG difference. You are awesome girl! xoxoxo

Oh and I always mean to tell you, that pic of you and your son is SO DANG CUTE.

Alison said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is all the more amazing for its simplicity: you just got up and started walking. At the age of 13!! That is some determination. No wonder you are so awesomely fit now! :)

Matty O said...

http://pfgtriathlonclub.blogspot.com/2010/06/matt-oravechis-pfg-story.html

That is a link to my Previous Fat Guy story. It's worth a read haha.

I was a fatty too. All growing up I was heavy. Takes a toll. Then after getting married my weight blew up again... Got it under control though.

Nice job. Serious mental toughness to accomplish that.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I too was a chubby kid... Now that I think about it, I have been a multiple chubby adult also... hmmm

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing your story, it's inspiring. It is truly amazing that you made those decisions to eat healthier and start walking at age 13...you are one tough woman!!

Emz said...

YAY you!!

great post.

christie said...

I just ran across your blog, great story!! I've struggled every since my first child with my weight and have started my blog to motivate me to get fit and continue with the weight loss! How did you get so many followers?? That's awesome!!

Carolina John said...

Very cool! I didn't realize you had overcome so much while still so young.

Melissa Cunningham said...

oh katie! thank you so much for sharing this story!
you are really such an inspiring woman,and i KNOW you are going to make a positive impact in this world even more so than you have already!
"i knew what i wanted and kept walking till i got there"
THATS the attitude of a champion!!!

Michelle said...

This was such a great story! So inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Dash said...

Wow, I'm catching up on my reader and OMG, I'm glad I didn't try to skip any! This is amazing, I would totally have thought you were naturally athletic and geared toward it! I'm so glad your 13 year old self went out and *shocked* everyone and made the dreams come true. Good for you and I'm sure it completely changed, if not saved, your life!

the dawn said...

that is truly amazing. i'm super curious about what helped to flip the switch. what made you want to get out and do something? i have so many students that i would love to talk to about these issues, but i'm scared that i'd do it in a way that would be offensive or offputting.

thank you so much for sharing! you are such an inspiration!

Rochelle said...

You are such an inspiration! What an amazing story! I thankfully didn't have weight problems in high school...but I let myself go after having my first child. And I started running recently to help me lose 50 lbs. I love hearing other great stories. And I'm so glad someone as hot as you has a story too! Love reading your blog!