Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Challenge Obesity 5k

You guys know I love running and you have seen me talk about races, times, good paces, less than lovely runs and what it means to get out there and just run without the ipod, the watch or any of the gadgets, because of the LOVE of the run.

I love running not for how well I perform or as a way to keep in shape. I don't love the good paces or the medals at races (although they are a nice perk!). I love running because it is a true part of who I am. It centers me, It gives me time to pray, to think things through in my head, to challenge myself in so many ways, to be disciplined, to learn kindness for self and in turn others. I love the strength I find in it, physically and mentally.  I love running because it can help others and change lives. We run to raise money, we run to raise awareness and we run for those who can't run at all... It's all for the Love....


This coming Saturday April 17th a bunch of the Minnesota bloggers are banding together at the call of Jen, Prior Fat Girl and running the Challenge Obesity 5k. Six years ago I was over weight, I was 161 pounds and on my 5 foot three-ish frame, it was way too much. My Mom was straight with me that it wasn't about looking good, NOW it was about my health. 



It's an epidemic (so we have heard right?? ) and the numbers are scary!! 

Obesity is the most prevalent, fatal, chronic, relapsing disorder of the 21st century. Obesity is a leading cause of United States mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs. It is likely that the increase in obesity will strain our healthcare system with millions of additional cases of diabetes, heart disease and disability.

Obesity is a disease that affects over one-third of the adult American population (approximately 72 million Americans). The number of overweight and obese Americans has increased since 1960, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Today, 66.3 percent of adult Americans (about 200 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese. Since 1960, adult Americans have increased average heights by 1 inch and average weight by 25 pounds. 

Each year, obesity causes at least 112,000 excess deaths in the US.² A study published in the August 24, 2006 New England Journal of Medicine showed increase risk of death among both men and women who were overweight but not obese. Obesity has been associated with numerous, adverse health effects. They include: type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, gallstones, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, GERD, stress incontinence, heart failure, degenerative joint disease, birth defects, miscarriages, asthma... [source]

Factors that can put someone at risk for obesity: 
Socioeconomic factors such as saftey, location, poverty
Family history and more...

So what can we do about it? MOVE. 

By joining those who have lost and are losing weight by running and walking (heck yeah!!) with them in the Challenge Obesity 5k, we are letting others know we are behind them and they can do it. If it weren't for supportive friends and family in my life, changing my life style would have been overwhelming. 

I love that running can be a part of such a wonderful quest to help others and there are SO many races and organizations to join up with!! 

What is your favorite reason you run?? 
What is your favorite charity to join forces with?? 


Skygirl said...

Hi Mary! I've been reading your blog for a few months, but I think this is my first time commenting.

I always used to hate running. I had to run at least once a week in high school for ROTC and I loathed it. I hated the sweating, I hated the heavy breathing, I hated the muscle soreness. There wasn't a single thing I liked about running.

But since the beginning of the year, I've been working to improve not just my body, but my whole self. I've lost 17 pounds & I recently started running. And now every time I run, it's an accomplishment. I've gotten faster & stronger and yesterday I was able to run 3 miles without stopping. I'm going to keep working on my running and I plan to participate in a 5k soon.

Part of my motivation is my mom, but not in a good way. My mom is overweight and she really feel helpless about it. And I look at her and I think, I don't want to end up like that. I feel horrible for thinking that way, but it does give me that extra push on days when I just don't want to put in the effort. And I hope, that by seeing me do it, my mom will realize that SHE can do it.

Megan said...

Wow, my thoughts exactly on why you love to run! I've always felt that way, since jr high track. I've loved it through high school, college, a knee injury, 2 kids, and through now. I love the quiet time, the time to think, the time to pay attention to what is going on around my neighborhood... It has also helped to keep some of those post-baby pounds off since I still eat like a pregnant person.

Have a great time Saturday! You are doing it for a great cause!!!

teacherwoman said...

Favorite reason to run? For me, it's the feeling I get from it that I can't get from other activities. Just a sense of accomplishment and overall good feeling!

I love running races that have a good cause. many of the races I have run for deal with cancer or cystic fibrosis.

sunflowerramos said...

Thank you for sharing your before and after pictures and WOW!! You look amazing. You are an inspiration to me!

Joey said...

Lovely post. I always find motivation when I read your posts! :)

I am in a "not loving running" phase right now... I wish I could love it but sometimes I just DON'T! :(

KatDoesDiets said...

So wish I lived closer! Sounds like it'll be a great race!
My favorite reason to run: I can. Couldn't always say that.

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

well well, look at you! I never new you lost weight! You are just as beautiful then as you are now :)

Can't wait to run with you on Saturday! Sounds like us healthy bloggers are gonna take control of the race!

Mary said...

Skygirl! That is awesome, thank you so much for commenting, I am SO glad you are on a new healthier path. Way to go on losing 17lbs, that is amazing!! I bet you feel great! I think that if you don't have a love of running intrinsically, that we can cultivate it with practice. The soreness will fade (and return ;)), the heavy breathing and sweat is a lingering thing, for me, in any cardio I do.

Maybe add some jump roping in--it can vastly increase your aerobic capacity. For me, I always feel like my lungs are bound to be done in before my legs. 3-5 min or so at first of jumping will really do wonders to increase your lung capacity and help overall.

Congrats on the 3 miles and the race, I would love to hear how it goes, drop me a line!

Mary said...

Hey Jen! You cutie!! I did lose weight, it was a long journey, mostly in changing my lifestyle and habits, I had more than one super stinkin hard habit to break! When I was bigger, I always saw myself as the same smaller size I was for years and would try and squeeze into that size, my brain couldn't adjust. It was a rude awakening. After keeping it off for this long, it's hard to imaging that I was bigger. It's a nice feeling to get used to, but have definitely had my ups and downs in the journey. Chocolate and I fight daily and half and half and I have come to be civil.

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