Feel The Burn

My gym has started putting motivational phrases on the bags we use to ‘hit it hard’.  It was thought provoking for me as I did spend time reflecting on why I began to exercise regularly.

06 June 28 Title

Originally, my motivation was simple. It wasn’t about losing weight or getting into shape.  I just could not run for 30-60 seconds without becoming completely winded.  And so, after setting a goal to run a mile without stopping, I began to look  at IPhone apps.  I found a couch-5K program and the rest, as they say, is history.

I mastered the mile.  Then, the first time I ran two miles – without stopping – I was in our neighborhood park. I scared the moms with their young children as I fist-bumped, high-fived and woohooed in mid-air.  Three months later I participated in my first official 5K race.

Lovejoy 5K

The best by-product of figuring out how to run? Dropping 25 pounds.  At that point it did become more about getting into shape and I wondered, “could I lose 50 lbs by my 50th birthday?”

Although I didn’t hit the 50 pound mark by birthday time, I got close.  An invitation to try a class at Title Boxing Club was the next step in toning up.  The trainers and the workouts helped me to reach my goal. And three years later I am still hitting it hard and feeling the burn with the amazing power hour classes.



WPC – Victory

2008 Before pic

I’m down 50 pounds from my heaviest weight.  I am not the thinnest that I’ve ever been but these days, as a 50-something, I am trying to focus on being healthy as opposed to being skinny.

Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pleased with my progress.


Jan-Jul 2013 Iphone 203

At my heaviest I couldn’t run one minute without getting completely winded.  Starting out slow and using a a couch-to-5K program I completed my first race six months after I began losing weight.


Then a Title Boxing Club opened in my hometown.  I was invited to try a free class by a friend and I was hooked. The trainer pictured with me pushes me to try my hardest and do my best.  As all the trainers do.

Nov 14 Endu Chall

This past Saturday I participated in a 3 Hour Endurance Challenge.  Our team of 5 ranged in age from 52 years-old to 14 years-old.  We didn’t win but we got it done and had fun doing it.  I am second from the right.  The young man to my right is my 14 year-old son, Ben.

Losing 50 pounds before I turned 50 – Jubilance!

Keeping it off – Triumph!

Connecting with my son through working out – Joy & Pride!

Being physically healthy and fit – VICTORY!


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