Peoria's Biggest Loser
Heather Bean, Steel Team
I am so excited to be a part of the Biggest Loser at Peoria RiverPlex this year. I consider myself very lucky that I have been given this opportunity. Week one was very interesting. To start off, I really enjoyed working out and running again. When I heard that we would be running a half mile on the first day of training, my competitive spirits arose.
I was a runner and a dancer growing up and felt I was always one of the best at everything. I started dancing at age two and took my last dance class when I was 25. As you could probably guess, it was a huge part of my life. I also enjoyed running a lot. I started running in Jr. High when I was given the opportunity to do track and continued to participate throughout college.
Anyway, when I heard that there was going to be a race, I knew that I wanted to win. I was very excited. I started to run/walk on the indoor track each day in preparation. When the day came that we were able to do the "race," (really it was just timing us to see how fast we would run), I was ready. I ran the first lap in one minute! For those of you that don't know, the track at the RiverPlex is an eighth of a mile, so that put me at an eight minute mile pace for the first lap! For the rest of the "race," I jogged/speed walked/ran and finished the half mile in six minutes! That is a twelve minute mile pace! That was very exciting for me figuring I have not ran in years. I felt I accomplished a goal.
This was great, but I also had struggles too. Learning to eat healthy has been very difficult. I do fine staying withing my calories if I stay at home, but unfortunately, my fiance and I love to eat out. That is going to be very difficult to change! For example, just eating three quarters of my favorite quesadilla at one of my favorite restaurants is over 1000 calories! After I learned that, I felt awful and realized that I am going to have to do some research before we go out to eat. I know that it will pay off in the end!
Up until recently, I have always considered myself to be a "healthy fat" person. Unfortunately over the last few weeks, I am learning that is no longer the case. I don't know everything yet, but I do know that I definitely waited too long to get healthy. Up until six years ago, I was very healthy, then I started gaining weight, which led to depression-like problems. I was put on medications.
Hopefully, I will know sooner than later what my diagnosis really is, but until then, I am not going to sit around. I am going to change my life, and I am so very excited to get healthy again and feel as good as I felt six years ago. I know that I can do it; it is just going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, as well as sweat and tears. I know with the help of my great trainers, my Steel team members, team of dietitians, and my wonderful family, I can do it!
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