Summer Sneakers

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I used to weigh 75 pounds more than I now weigh. This weight loss was no easy feat, sometimes involving less than healthful behaviors, and indeed, I bounced up and down in pounds many times before settling at a healthy weight for me. I understand the struggles of weight loss and the sometimes even greater hurdles of weight maintenance; I still have days when I overindulge or skip the gym to watch TV. The difference is that most of the time, I feel too great to give up eating well and exercising!

A mountain of personal and professional stress snuck up on me at the end of this school year. In the past, I would have blown off the gym and eaten whatever I wanted to satiate my anxiety – feeling worse than when the stress started! But instead of making excuses and not taking care of myself, this time I continued to exercise and make healthful choices most of the time. In fact, I ran my sixth half marathon the day after graduation! When I was obese, I never could have imagined running a half marathon, let alone six. I exercise regularly, eat well (like the pear and peanut butter sandwich I always enjoy after a long run, yum!), and appropriately manage triggers that lead to overeating.  This sort of behavior is what nutrition professionals call lifestyle change; it takes time, patience, and determination, but the reward is a richer, fuller life!

About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

One thought on “Summer Sneakers

  1. How right you are! Losing weight is no easy task for anyone and many have the same experience of yo-yo weight fluctuations before finally settling on a healthy weight for them. I also applaud your ability to put exercise into a better context with your running. Certainly you should be proud of your accomplishments.

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