Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 2

Well, here we are in week three of training, and so much has happened already. It’s been such a whirlwind experience that the last two weeks have gone by pretty fast – thank goodness!

The trainers are starting to ramp up the intensity now that we’re in week three, and it’s pretty rough. I’ll have to admit that yesterday’s workout brought a few tears to my eyes as I struggled through it. Two minutes of planking…really??!! But, I am already seeing signs of muscles in my arms that I don’t remember ever seeing. Cicely, one of our trainers, likes to tell us that if we can’t challenge ourselves, then we can’t change ourselves. I try to keep that in mind as I’m whimpering and waddling over to my water bottle for a break.

Formula For Life 5K before

Getting ready for the 5K at Saint Francis

One of the most surprising things that occurred in these last two weeks was my participation in Saint Francis’ Formula for Life 5K last Sunday. I have never been part of anything like that before, and I was kind of nervous. Here’s a little not-so-secret about me: I hate running. I hate everything about it. But that mentality will soon have to change as we are starting to train to run a half marathon at the end of our season. Anyway – I decided that I would power-walk the 5K while pushing my 13-month-old in the stroller, and I committed to jogging the remaining 200 feet to the finish. Boy, did I get more of a workout than I bargained for! After finishing the race, it occurred to me that maybe one big reason why I hated running so much is because my breathing technique is absolutely horrible. I’ll definitely have to work on that. However, I was very pleasantly surprised with my time. I finished at 41:33.5! I am still pretty proud of myself considering that I walked the whole time. And the best part was being at the finish line to cheer on my fellow Season 8 teammates along with my sister, Mom, and Step Dad. I have such an awesome family!

Formula For Life 5K

Completing my first 5K: Harper is enjoying the breeze and I want to fall over from exhaustion!

Aside from all the working out, there is the nutritional side of things. The first week seemed pretty easy, but I think my body didn’t have time to notice because it was in shock. Now that we are in the third week,  I find that I am getting some cravings, and my desire to eat my feelings away creeps in and out. I have such an emotional connection with food and that is a hard relationship to break. Just this morning I had to fight off urges to drive through McDonald’s for a Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit. Mmmm. No one said this was going to be easy. But, as our trainers often say: if losing weight was so easy, everyone would be doing it.

All of the work has paid off so far. In just two weeks, I have lost over 10 lbs! Here’s to 50 more!

Beginning Weight: 210.6 lbs
Current Weight: 200.4 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs

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Emily Farmer

Author: Emily Farmer

Some people give me funny looks once they find out that I'm talking to myself. Truth be told - sometimes the conversations are just more entertaining when they're with myself. My kids say I'm crazy, but I prefer the term "colorful."

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