This week, I am so excited to introduce you to Neon Runner. If you are looking for some inspiration and a kick in the butt, she’s your girl. I love how she always keeps things real; she’ll be the first person to tell you that she had a cheat meal or didn’t do so well on her goals. We ALL have that happen to us and it’s great to know someone else is out there to talk to. Definitely become her fan! Enjoy!
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1. What motivated you to start living a healthy life?
I was motivated to finally commit to healthier living the right way, when all the other attempts were failures.
The quick fixes, the short cuts, the diets; none of them ever worked for me.
It had to be hard work, the right way.
I never committed to just being patient and working hard until the goal was reached. I always put a deadline on it. And would give up if it wasn’t happening fast enough like so many do! And it can’t be that way.
It’s better to change the way you eat, move, and live, and as a result, the big perk is a new, healthy, fit body. I never treated it like a lifestyle change, so no permanent changes were ever made. Just years of yo-yoing up and down.
2. What has been the biggest challenge about making your transformation public?
I think the biggest challenge in having my story open to the public is the vulnerability. I’m a sensitive soul, so criticism of others, can sometimes cut me deep.
3. Do you have any big goals for 2014? How are they going?
I have a few goals for this year. I’d like to run a full marathon this fall. I have not registered yet, but it’s something I’m determined to work towards!
The other goal I’ve made for myself is long term. I’d like to complete 100 road races by the age of 30. So, I’ve got just about 4 years, and I’m 14 in.
4. How do you find that social media supports people in their quest to live a healthier life?
Social media can be a great tool in the process of encouraging others. People see their own journey in someone else’s and it puts it into perspective that, ‘this could be me!’ ‘I could do this!’ That’s how I got started. I saw the desires I had for myself in the successes of others and just started, knowing they were real people, with real problems, and busy lives and stress made it look normal. Attainable.
5. What is your number one tip for people to stay motivated to reach their health/fitness goals?
My best tip to stay motivated on your journey is to be patient. The awesome figure you’ve built up in your head will not come over night.
And your expectations need to be reasonable while the changes you’re making need to be sustainable.
I tell people constantly, that unless they plan to eat a bowl of Special K for two meals every day for the rest of their lives, they need to explore food. Real food. Balanced nutrition. And find what works for their bodies, and enjoy it.
I will never diet again.
Because is know that I don’t need to.
Diets do not work.
Any questions for Neon Runner?
How many road races have you completed?
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