I am writing this post, because I was asked to tell my story.
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My story is only unique to ME. I believe we all have our own stories, journeys, and paths…
I was a troubled child growing up. There is no distinct reason that set me on my path of depression, for my life merely unfolded as everyone’s life does. But to say I battled depression for the better part of my life is an understatement. I lost family members to suicide which in turn put me in a downward spiral for more years than I can count.
But in 7th grade I joined the track team more so to try and ‘fit in’ and I haven’t looked back since. In all the trials and tribulations of my life, I have always gone back to ‘fitness’ as my source of therapy.
I have loved, lost, been through divorce, and lived in the darkest of places.
I am proud to say, at the age of nearly 40, for the first time in nearly 20 years I am currently weaning off depression medications. I started taking medications to help my depression years ago, and although I have gone off of them several times-I always went back to being treated with medication.
In 2006 I gave birth to my second child. I suffered greatly from postpartum depression and have been on medication ever since. But today…TODAY…I took my last pill. I ran my first ½ marathon in 2007 because I NEEDED to…I ran my first FULL marathon this year, because I WANTED to.
My struggle has never really been with weight (give or take 10 lbs.) but more so self-confidence and peace.
With that, I will continue to eat healthy, work out, and do all I can to inspire others. I am now married to the love of my life, have a good career, and have high hopes for the future.