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Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Jan Guenther

Hi Jan,

I am so excited to share this story. I have struggled with my weight all my life and two years ago I changed my life, hopefully forever. Back then, I was not an athlete but I always loved to walk. One of my friends asked me to come to Florida to care for her son for 11 days while she was in Europe. I prayed to God for guidance to lose weight.  I have always wanted to parasail, but my weight was over the limit by 40 lbs. My friend Sue Crawford called me out of the blue and asked me to go to Weight watchers.  I did and went on to lose 97 lbs in one year. Weight Watchers had a program that allowed you earn points for exercise.  So I started walking. I purchase Nordic walking poles and established a ritual of walking three miles each morning at a park near my home. After a short time, I felt strong enough to enter the Monster Dash 5k Halloween day in 2013. I ran to finish the race but was pretty slow. After that event, I’ve focused on improving my time for each race. For the first few 5ks, I would do a mixture of running and walking. Eventually, I was able to run a whole 5k.

After a while, I signed up for the Mound Anytime Fitness and their run club. Every Saturday morning I join the other members for a group run. In time, I joined the club’s P2 program in which members commit to planking for 4 minutes and 100 push ups each day. Working out with a club really helps me stay focused.

I am a mother of an awesome 12-year-old and we’ve done a race together. I love the example I am setting. I believed I could lose weight and get m...

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