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.
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My name is Michelle and I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. I have found a passion for running, cooking, writing, photography and all things that move my love for life! I've ran 3 full marathons, with a PR of 4:25, and 17 half marathons with a PR of 2:00:11 (yup-missed sub 2 by 11 seconds, lol). Thanks for joining me on my journey!
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4 thoughts on “My story, thanks Muscle Mom”
Congrats on the last pill. Your story is very inspirational. I think if more people with depression and related issues took up exercise and had healthy lifestyles it might help them like it has helped you.
You are a true inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story!! Congratulations on all your success and what is still to follow.:)
Way to take your health into your hands. Its party time to celebrate that last pill. Keep moving forward and looking up! Enjoy your babies and that hubby of yours! Praise God!!!
Damn, look at those guns! Congratulations on your progress, you look fabulous.