Monday, December 5, 2011

Inspire Me! Series


Welcome to another week of Inspire Me! Series 
and now I'd LOVE to introduce you to another favorite fit blogger friend of mine, 
Christy Johnson
and you can find her blogging about her fitness adventures at, www.homehearthealth.blogspot.com


Her Dad, Mom, Sister and Christy in Arlington, TX before racing a 10K
 What a super fit family, right?  
Ah, I love that this family puts health and fitness as a priority in all of their lives!  Nothing better than that...NOTHING!!!  This family is proof that if you introduce your children to fitness early on, it's something that will stick with them for a lifetime!  AWESOME!
Christy after finishing her FIRST half marathon!


My Story
Just a few months before my 30th birthday, my husband, kids and I participated in a 5K fun run through our church. We couldn't even finish the whole distance (running or walking). I knew then that things had to change. That following week, I started doing run/walk intervals around the school near my house. At first, I could only do one lap (about 3/4 of a mile) doing about half jogging and half walking. I slowly built up until I could do three laps, and then eventually, run more than I walked. I completed a "3 Miles at 30" 5K on my 30th birthday with my sister, who had been on her own weight loss and fitness journey well before me. I ended up doing two 5K races in a short amount of time and struggled with my IT bands for a while after that. But I kept at it.

I coupled this new exercise routine of running two or three mornings a week before teaching junior high with healthy eating and lost about 20 pounds. It's still a battle to keep the weight off, but I work hard to make health a lifestyle and not a diet.

My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago (she had a mastectomy and is cancer free now). I completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas the following year in her honor, raising more than $3,000 for the cause. At the end of that event, I was given the opportunity to sign up and fundraise for Susan G. Komen in the Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon. I took the chance to bump my running to the next level and signed up. I completed that half marathon in March 2011 and couldn't have been happier with my race.

What I'm Doing Now
I am now in the last week of training for my second half marathon, the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. I'll be running it with my best friend who lives in Montana. We only get to see each other about once a year, and I am so excited to run with her!

I'm also in the running for a Refuel with Chocolate Milk grant. I'd love to win it so I can enter a winter race. I have a couple in mind, but I haven't decided exactly what I want to do.

Motivation
I am motivated by several people. My sister gave me the courage and support to start this crazy journey. My mom and dad are also running now and continue to inspire me. Mom completed her first half marathon a week ago, and Dad completed a 100K bike ride in August. I'm motivated by my kids, to set a good example for them. Most of all, I'm motivated by the feeling of being healthy and active. Running is my "me" time. It keeps me strong and sane so that I can be the best me I can be in all the roles I have...wife, mother, friend, teacher, sister, daughter.

(The first picture is my dad, mom, sister and me before running in Arlington, TX. The girls ran a 10K while Dad ran a 5K. The second picture is of me and my kids after I finished my first half marathon.)

Christy M. Johnson
www.homehearthealth.blogspot.com

 Thank you Christy for sharing your story!  On behalf of myself and all of the Let's Move It Mommas readers, good luck on your second half marathon!  We know you'll rock it!!!  Thank you for being an inspiration to your family and all of us too!  
Remember if you'd like to be featured, just email me at rissarose80@yahoo.com and tell us your story...how do you stay fit? how you plan to lose weight in 2012? anything health and fitness related! I hope to hear from you SOON!!!

3 comments:

Penny said...

Great to meet you Christy. What an awesome family.

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

Great story and as always very motivating!

Cheryl G. said...

I know you are an inspiration to me, Christy, and to so many. I'm very impressed with the way you juggle family, school, church, and all the projects with which you're involved - and still making time to train and run the way you do. Congrats, and best wishes.

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