Hi! I’m Ann from Twelve-In-Twelve. This blog started in January 2010, with the goal to run 12 5ks in 12 months. Honestly, I got the idea from a friend on Facebook who had recently completed the feat. “What a cool challenge”, I thought, “Although I probably won’t complete it.”
I did finish the goal of 12 5ks in 12 months, and learned some important lessons along the way. In 2011, I challenged myself to 12 races in 12 months, including 5ks, a 10k, a 10-mile, a half-marathon, and a Ragnar Relay. In 2012, I continued running races, including my 2nd half-marathon.
Now for the boring stuff: I’m a 28 year-old Human Resources Generalist who lives in St. Paul. I was born and raised a Minnesota girl, but moved away after college and lived in South and North Carolina for a few years. I met the love of my life, and we were married in June 2010:
Since October 2010, I’ve lost 50 pounds, and my husband (Jay) has lost over 50 pounds – together, that’s 100+. It’s been a lot of hard work, and a lot of struggles. I’m thankful to have him by my side during this journey and I make mention of him from time to time. And although I still have more weight until I reach that final “goal”, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far!
My ultimate goal is to live a healthy, active lifestyle, and I am fortunate to have a great support system: family, friends, and other bloggers. I’m learning that losing weight and winning my life back isn’t just about eating healthy and exercising; it’s about tackling the emotional issues behind weight-loss.
My life’s motto is: “Life is not about ‘finding’ yourself; Life is about creating yourself.”
Join me in this journey of creating the person I want to become!
Although I pull motivation from a lot of different places, some of the most important motivation comes from inside myself. I think about motivating quotes or sayings throughout the day – when I’m tempted by an unhealthy food choice, when I’m pushing myself on the treadmil, or when I’m simply preparing myself for a successful day.
Here are some of my favorite quotes that have helped me along in my weight-loss journey:
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” – Winston Churchill
” ‘Waste it’ or ‘Waist it’ ” – WW leader in North Carolina
“Life is not about finding yourself; Life is about creating yourself.” – Anonymous
“Stand up and finish what you’ve started.” – Bob Harper
“If you kinda do it, it kinda works. If you really do it, it really works” – WW leader in Minnesota
“You bite it, you write it” – WW leader in South Carolina
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” – Fannie Lou Harmer
“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places” – Unknown
“Shut Up & Sweat” – No Excuses Wear
“Change is not ‘change’ if it’s the logical next step.” – Mike Jacoutot (original source unknown)
” ‘Trying’ is just a noisy way of not succeeding.” – Mike Jacoutot