I’m a happy teacher in my 30’s living in the mountains with my family. We lead a low-key kind of life. We have quite a few animals; some are pets, and some are farm animals. My son says you can tell the difference because, “We don’t eat pets.” I really want to be very outdoorsy, and I love canoeing, kayaking, and camping.
I often used to feel that I was too fat, too old, or too tired to do the things I love and be the person I want to be. In July of 2015, I encountered a blog about a woman who walked, not just 1, but 2 half marathons while weighing more than my 230lbs despite being my same height (5’4”). She was also very close to my age. It caused me to have one of those really profound head-slap moments when you realize that everything you thought you knew might just be completely wrong. It was the first time I ever faced proof (without excuses about how different that person or situation was) that a person could change their life!
This blog is my journal through the process of rethinking everything I thought I knew about myself while growing, or shrinking, 🙂 into the person I want to be!
Since I teach middle school in a VERY small community, I’m choosing to keep this blog anonymous to relieve concerns I would have if any of my students were to find this. Middle school students are an inquisitive bunch, and I try to balance exposing them to the “real world” with preserving their childhood until they develop the emotional maturity to handle more adult content. This site is anonymous, so that I can be open and honest instead of keeping topics middle school appropriate. I’d love to share my journey with online future friends who have traveled, or are currently traveling down this road.
Everyday, I look forward to checking this site. I’ve usually thought about what I want to write and share throughout the day, but when it comes time to take that first peek, I’m most excited to read comments left here! Through your comments, I’ve met people I think of as friends, I’ve found support on my toughest days, I’ve been gifted with ideas and inspiration to help me overcome the challenges I face on this journey, and I love having people with whom I can celebrate my successes!
Your company has made me kinder, more thoughtful, and ultimately more successful.
If you have any questions that you would prefer to ask away from the public comments section, or if you just want to say, “Hi!” on a more personal level, please feel free to email me! I’d also love connect with any other runners using Smashrun. I’m happy to share my real identity via email, so that we can be running friends.