Slim Katie is an amazing motivation for all of us looking to lose weight, make a lifestyle change in any arena in our lives, or be a good role model for our families. She had an amazing story to share, and through developing her blog, Runs for Cookies, she has been able to inspire millions. She began her weight loss journey in August of 2009, and as you’ll see below and in the before/after picture, has experienced some MAJOR success (congrats, Katie!), and is fighting every battle to keep of the weight all while maintaining a balanced, joyful life with her friends and family. Read about her weight loss battle, her hopes for her future, and her tidbits of inspiration to help the rest of us achieve our goals!
1. What inspired you to start writing your blog? After losing 125 pounds, I finally reached the point of weight maintenance. I had never been successful maintaining any sort of weight loss before, so I knew I was going to need all the help I could get. I also thought that by having a written record of all my successes and struggles in maintenance, IF I gained the weight back, I would be able to look back and see why that happened. I started Runs for Cookies for some accountability for my actions–knowing people were reading helped to keep me on track.
2. What is your favorite aspect about being part of an online blogging community? There is so much support! When I have a bad day, or I gain a few pounds, there are dozens of people telling me that it will be okay–I can get right back on track. They also help me to feel “normal”. It’s hard to admit when I’ve gained a few pounds, or I’ve binged, but reading the comments and e-mails from others going through the same thing helps me to realize I’m not alone. Being a part of the blogging community also gives me accountability for my actions–everybody knows when I’ve gained weight or had a bad day and ate everything in sight.
3. What is your favorite topic to blog about? I really like to blog about running. I imagine it’s boring to read, but when I was overweight, running is something I never imagined I could do–so I get a little “runner’s high” every time I go for a run, whether it’s 3 miles or 26.2 miles. I like to write about my running splits and goal times; race reports; future races that I’d like to do–anything and everything about running!
4. In your opinion, what is the best feature on your blog? I think one of the most helpful features on my blog is probably the series I wrote about my skin removal surgery. I had a lower-body lift, and when I was researching about it prior to surgery, I couldn’t find much information. I made sure to document everything before and after my surgery, and I wrote all about the good, the bad, and the ugly of skin removal surgery. I’ve gotten many e-mails from people who have found it helpful in deciding whether the surgery was something they wanted to pursue. It was actually because of that series that I actually met Rik, who is going to captain my Ragnar Relay team in January. We are running a relay race with a total of 12 of us who have lost an average of 100 pounds each and become runners. It is going to be made into a documentary called From Fat to Finish Line. Very exciting stuff! And all of it came about because of my posts about my surgery.
5. Where do your fitness routines come from? When I register for a race, I print out a race schedule from HalHigdon.com–I choose a schedule based on my goals. I really like his running plans, because he has a plan for everyone–novice, intermediate, and advanced runners.
6. What advice do you have for moms and women on getting a workout in with a busy schedule? Fit it in where you can! My husband works crazy hours, and I can’t maintain a consistent workout schedule because of my kids (obviously someone has to be home with them). When my husband works nights, he gets home at 6:30 in the morning–so I will be all ready to head out for a run when he walks in the door. When he works days, he gets home at 6:30 pm, so I will go for a run at night time. I also have a treadmill for those times when I absolutely cannot get out for a run. Something else I’ve done is asked a friend to watch my kids while I fit in a run, and then I will watch her kids while she gets in her run. Having friends like that helps out a lot!
7. What is your favorite exercise? I think that’s pretty obvious–running! The only time I don’t love running is when I’m actually doing it I love the way running makes me feel afterward–my muscles feel tired, I’m covered in sweat, and I feel like I really worked my body hard. I also like that it’s a sport where I only compete with myself. I don’t run races to win them… I run races to better my times or challenge myself to run farther distances. I never thought I would be a runner; when I was overweight, I couldn’t imagine why ANYONE would choose to run. And now I am calling it my favorite exercise–go figure!
8. What are your fitness goals? My current goals are to run a sub-26:00 5K race, and to run a sub-2:00:00 half-marathon. But overall, my fitness goal is to keep active in order to maintain my weight loss. I am terrified of gaining the weight back, and by challenging myself with running goals, I am always working toward something.
9. What is your best tip on getting the most out of your workouts? To get the most out of your workouts, it’s important to set mini-goals. Maybe it’s to lift a heavier weight, or to run or walk a faster mile. Every time I go for a run, I have a goal–whether it’s running it in a certain time or even to run slow and easy, which is good for my mental health. Also, it’s important to challenge your OWN body–working out with a friend is fun, and I love to do that sometimes, but I know that to get the most out of my workout, I have to work on my own goals.
10. What is your favorite fitness DVD or fitness class? I tried fitness classes with a friend once, and it didn’t go so well–I’m terribly uncoordinated! I think that’s why I’ve never done well with the DVD’s or classes, and I don’t enjoy them. With running, all I have to do is put one foot in front of the other, so it doesn’t require much thinking.
11. If you could have any celebrity be your personal trainer, living or dead, who would it be? I would love to have Jillian Michaels train me–just once!–because I’m sure she would kick my ass. She would probably make me do things I never thought I could do, and I would be too scared of her to say no!