Amanda and Kristen Training Together

Running Pals

Running Pals

July 17, 2016

I have been running a lot! Training for a marathon is hard work. I have come many miles since January and I don’t think I could have done any of it without my running partner and good friend Kristen. She has been right by my side for every one of the event races I have done this year, and we have done most of our training runs together as well. Having a friend to share this journey with has not only pushed me harder it has kept me accountable.

Amanda and Kristen at the Shamrock run.

Amanda and Kristen at the Shamrock run.

Kristen was chosen last year for the free gym membership and personal training. I intermittently joined her at the gym but mostly sat back and watched her work her butt off as she lost 90+ pounds. I was envious of her progress and weight-loss. I wished I had had the drive and determination to lose the weight like she did. I cheered Kristen on from the sidelines. We would kid swap occasionally and sometimes I would join her on late night workouts at the gym. While she lost an insane amount of weight I slowly managed to lose 25 pounds. I wasn’t all in.

Kristen inspired me. I was in awe of her. She made it work with a husband and 4 small children. She was focused and determined to get healthy. When it came time for the interviews to find a new client I couldn’t hardly wait. I decided if Kristen could make it work, why

Amanda and Kristen running at the gym.

Amanda and Kristen running at the gym.

couldn’t I? I wanted Kristen’s success to be something I could feel myself. She helped me realize there wasn’t anything holding me back. Actually, the only thing standing in my way was me. This is my year! Thanks to Kristen I believed in myself.

Kristen has most definitely been my inspiration! I am so proud of everything she has accomplished. She has been one of my biggest supporters. Fighting right along side with me to help me lose weight and get healthy. She has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zones and I know I would not be running if she didn’t push me. I never in a million years would have thought I would like running. Running is hard but it is so rewarding and I can say I don’t just like it, I love it! It is my new favorite hobby.

Amanda and Kristen

Amanda and Kristen

This journey has been so much easier because of Kristen. I encourage you!! If you have the desire to lose weight and or get healthy. Do it with a friend! Find someone to hold you accountable, find someone to do the work with you. It makes it so much more bareable. It makes it fun and something to look forward too.

I love you Kristen! Thank you so much for sharing tears, sweat, pain, encouraging words and hard conversations with me. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. You have become one of my best friends and I Thank God for you and your beautiful family!

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