About Me

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Heather. I am a 44 year old mom in Georgia who is on a journey to create a happy, healthy, adventurous life. I created this blog to record my journey and to hopefully inspire some people along the way!

I love lifting heavy weights, cooking healthy foods, running trails, and eating food. (Yes, I said it. I love food!) I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. And I love bling. More specifically, I love to run races and earn bling.  I am not a fast runner, in fact I am usually part of the back of the pack club.

I am honored to be a Skirts Sports Ambassador Captain (I looooove their active wear!!) and an Ambassador for The Sox Box.   I am also proud to represent my favorite companies as a member of the Honey Stinger Hive and a Nuun Ambassador.  I am also part of the amazing community of Ambassadors at Sweat Pink, Strong Figure, and Girls Gone Sporty.

I am one of the chapter leaders for our local She Runs This Town which is a running club for all women.  Running has not only changed my life physically but has brought me the most amazing friends! I’ve had a love-hate relationship with running over the past year and am rediscovering my mojo.

A little about where I’ve been: I used to be extremely overweight and sedentary. My highest known weight was over 220, but then I stopped weighing myself. I also stopped allowing myself to be photographed. I was overweight and very unhappy with myself. I had several physical conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. I was being treated for the carpal tunnel syndrome and had to go to physical therapy. The first day of therapy, the doctor looked at me and said “How long have you been a big girl?” I completed that first day, left in tears, and joined Weight Watchers that very day. (I never went back to that therapist though). I lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers then I hit a plateau. I kept gaining and losing the same 20 pounds. So I knew I needed a big change in my life to break through this.

I’m on the far right!

On July 12, 2010, I joined a boot camp at the Cantrell Center. They made us run a mile at the beginning of every class. It was hot, humid, and very hard for me. I had always told people that I’d only run if something was chasing me, so this was completely out of my comfort zone. I could hardly run a quarter mile at first. But the coaches were awesome and encouraging. Soon I was able to run the whole mile. I was encouraged to sign up for a 5K. I signed up for the Labor Day Road Race. I was slow as a turtle trudging through peanut butter but I finished. And I was forever changed! Crossing that finish line awoke a completely new me.

Since then I have run numerous 5Ks and 10Ks, 27 half marathons, 2 marathons, 2 ultramarathons (One was 28 miles, the other my first 50K), and 18 mud runs/obstacle course races.

So what’s next? I hope you follow along my journey to find out 🙂

Welcome to my misadventures!

Heather