Hello everyone, my name is Karine. I was born in Lévis, across the river from Québec City and I moved in Gatineau two years ago for professional reasons. I am a special education secondary school teacher as well as a part time post-graduate student. I have no kids and I live with a great man who loves me for everything I am.
For a few years now, I have always been able to blame someone or something in order not to take care of my weight issue. I no longer can. A couple months ago, I decided to take words into action and started to get serious about getting fit. My goal: A sound mind in a sound body. At 26, I have a great professional and personal life but I weighed 234 pounds and struggled with anxiety. Over the course of the summer, I came across a lot of obstacles I had put in my own way and reached a few of my goals. I biked around the Lac-St-Jean for 271 kilometers in 3 days and participated to my first race, completing the Army run’s 5K in 47:47 (establishing my first PB). I also developed strategies to cope with anxiety and I can now say that I feel good and that physical activities help me a lot.
I curently weight 223 pounds and, over the course of the next year, I plan on taking back the control of my body and my mind. I want to get active and fit. Of course, I would like to drop 1½ pound per week and reaching my “healthy weight” but more importantly, I want to be able to say that I got out there and did it. I enjoy biking, swimming and running and I plan on taking part in my first triathlon in May 2012.
I am thrilled to join the Losing it in Ottawa movement as motivation tends to be hard to find those days with everything going on at work and at University. I have been an avid reader for a few months now and I couldn’t wait to get started as a contributor.
• Keep logging my meals into Lose it daily.
• Go back to the pool and swim at least once a week.
• Run at least twice a week.
• Be proud of myself daily and never forgetting where I started at.
As any of you ever tried a triathlon?