Meet Christina! After reading her story (and wow, mother of almost 10 kids!), I felt overwhelmingly humbled to “know” so many of you who are inspiring me. It’s amazing what the power of someone else’s experience can do for my motivation. Thanks, Christina, for sharing your journey!

Hi, Mel!

I love your blog and your recipes are always awesome. I’m a mom of nine, expecting my tenth this summer. Up until 2009, I had never ever run a mile in my life. Oh sure, I’d done the whole mile-test thing in elementary and middle school, but I knew nothing back then about pacing, so I’d sprint, then walk, then sprint my way through it.

After having 7 kids in 9 years, I’d gained a fair bit of extra weight that just wouldn’t come off. I started running slowly in the summer of 2009, then ran my first 5K that fall, while pregnant with my eighth.

In 2011, after having a really tough year, I was at my heaviest and ready to really tackle the weight. I signed up for a half marathon, even though the idea scared me to death, and weight watchers, which also scared me.

A woman holding a baby girl.{My heaviest in 2011}

Over the course of that spring, I lost 35 lbs, ran a half marathon, and started training for a full marathon. In the course of that training, I found out I was pregnant with number nine. I had to adjust my training a bit, but I was able to finish the Mesa Falls Marathon in August of 2011, when I was 15 weeks pregnant. I was still technically overweight, but I felt strong and wonderful.

A woman holding a sack of potatoes.{Night before the marathon}

Since that time, I’ve continued to tackle the weight loss and running — I’ve run at least one half marathon every year since then and have gotten to within just 6 lbs of my goal weight (just before getting pregnant with #10).

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That’s the short version of my story. I have written a lot about what I’ve learned from running and about weight loss on my blog:

Life is an Endurance Sport (And Other Lessons Learned From Running)
Why I run

My Weight Loss Adventure
Ten Tips for Weight Loss

I hope what I share is helpful to others!

Christina B.