One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us -- that there is always time to start a new dream. This week's story is about a woman who gained 20 pounds after moving to a new city, and decided to make a change after seeing an unflattering photo of herself. LeeAnn signed up for an 11-mile obstacle course, and kicked her workout into high gear. She finished the race with flying colors, and has gone on to complete almost 50 races in all. You go girl! -- Marlo, MarloThomas.com
By Lori Weiss
Like many women, LeeAnn Webster was a yo-yo dieter. She'd taken off forty pounds in her 30s and managed to keep them off for a number of years, but when she found herself in a new city, surrounded by a new circle of friends -- her social life nike free run 2 sale began to tip the scales.
"I was forty years old and I'd just moved from Los Angeles to Chicago," LeeAnn explained. "Chicago is such a friendly city, so I was socializing a lot. And there was a great pizza place right across from my apartment that was open until 5 AM. So I'd go out with my friends and come home to a neon sign with a $5 giant slice calling to me. It was kind of like being back in college. New city, new friends. I guess you could say I put on the freshman 15 plus five."
"But then I saw pictures of nike free 3.0 sale myself at The Kentucky Derby and I thought, 'Oh, no. I'm not going back there!'"
So LeeAnn decided to do something she'd never done before. She signed up for a race. And not just any race. LeeAnn committed to competing in Chicago's Men's Health Urbanathlon -- an 11 mile course with obstacles that included a ten foot military wall, giant tractor tires and the stairs at Soldier Field. And while her goal was simply to get back in shape -- the competitive course would end up taking her life in an entirely new direction.
"I thought the race was a good excuse to hire a trainer," she explained. "But I knew most of her clients were runners, so I told her in our first conversation, 'Listen sister, we have to get this weight off, but I am not a runner, so we're not going to run. And I'm not giving up beer, bacon and cheese.'"