My mom and dad started their own weight loss journey 5-6 years ago, and have completely changed their lives. My parents, both hovering around 400 pounds are now both at their maintenance weights, and are very athletic. They have seen me undertake weight loss many times since then and kind of slough off after awhile. Until now, where going on two and a half months I have been consistently exercising and eating on a plan. I am the only one motivating me this time, as before it has been because I felt pressure in the midst of my parents doing so amazingly to try it myself. But, under the pressure I have crumbled. This time, it is so different. My attitude about exercise has changed completely and started running. I actually do like it-honestly, I do. I never thought I would, but lo and behond, I do. I complained to my mother that I was going to have to buy new shoes soon, and in an effort to make sure I had proper running shoes, she and my father shipped me a pair of Inov8 running shoes. Today I got to try them out on my three mile run and boy were they better than any other pair I've ever had. It means a lot to me that my parents are such great support, and they wanted to see me do well. I think they see me really changing, as before they had to coax me up from the couch to go on a one mile walk. Now, I am willingly doing it and loving it. I am just so happy with them, and with their amazing and generous gift. And seriously, these shoes cut 3 minutes off my run time-I don't think I really had proper shoes before, though they got me through for a little while. Anyway, I just wanted to brag on my parents for being awesome, and about these new shoes which give me renewed happiness about the whole running thing in general.
I am still slow, at 37 minutes for 3 miles, but it was a lot less slow than the usual 40!!!