Let me take you back… In the beginning I was a bit of a mess. I didn’t know if I was still a runner or just an old, washed up, injured runner. For over a decade I had run. Distance was my friend. I would log 25, 35, 45 miles a week, just trying to lose the same fifteen pounds over and over. I always wanted that fitness model body, but could never achieve it. The more miles I ran the bigger I seemed to get. Sure, after a long run I would overcompensate with food. I had just run 20 miles, after all! I could eat whatever I wanted, Right?! The cycle was endless.
With twenty-five marathons under my fuel belt and a diagnosis of degenerative joint disease in my right knee, I decided to end my running career, something I felt defined me as a person. Surprisingly, I was okay with it. (my last run was February 6, 2011–The Surf City Marathon). Even now as I type this I am surprised at my lack of feeling for running. I feel like in a way I “outgrew” it, sounds silly, I know.
I started focussing on building muscle, which had always been the ultimate goal. Who knew that less cardio could be more when it came to building muscle…? Well, lots of people, I can be a slow learner sometimes. The weight started to come off and I was actually seeing muscle definition. My husband encouraged me many times to compete. I was not interested… AT ALL! As my body changed, so did my thinking. I started considering the possibilities. I contacted “The Diet Doc,” Dr. Joe Klemczewski, he answered all my questions, and I felt very confident that I would be able to work with him.
Fast forward one year… In May 2012 I began my competition prep phase- I signed up with Dr. Joe! I knew I wouldn’t be able to do tackle this goal by myself, I simply did not have the knowledge I needed. Joe set my macros and with Kori’s kick ass workouts, I was on my way! They made it so simple. Don’t get me wrong, it has been a lot of hard work! There have been ups and downs, many hours in the gym, daily calculations of protein/carbs/fat, and a lot of positive self talk. I have learned so much about myself through this journey…It’s no longer about finding myself, it’s about creating myself. I am no longer running in circles… I’m now on a course towards success!
I feel like I am a better person for being part of Team K!