Dear readers – we’re sorry for the crickets here lately. Life has gotten busy for all of us, and unfortunately Red Faced Runners took the fallout from that. Thanks for all the emails letting us know we were missed. I’m pleased to let you know that we are back and as motivated as ever! Stay tuned for the next #RFR5K Challenge! In the meantime, I’m excited to share with you our newest feature, where we highlight one of YOU!
First up, meet Amy from The Nifty Foodie. I have been proudly watching Amy over the past year as she’s worked to lose weight and become the healthiest version of herself she can be. She is one of my biggest inspirations as a runner… I think you’ll find her to be pretty incredible as well!
RFR: Hi Amy! Let’s start off with an easy question… can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Amy: My name is Amy, and I have a food & life blog called The Nifty Foodie. By day, I make maps for a living and at night, I’m basically a Martha Stewart wannabe. I’m currently on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle and lose about 120 lbs.
RFR: How long have you been running?
Amy: I started running in June of 2012 with the Couch to 5K program, and I have been hooked ever since!
RFR: How would you say running has changed your life?
Amy: Oh gosh. Running has impacted my life so much. It has definitely helped me with weight loss, mainly. It has also helped me realize how strong my body could be with some hard work and determination. If you told me last year that I would be participating in 5K races, along with now being registered for a half marathon, I probably would have laughed at you.
RFR: That’s so incredible that you’ve made that much progress in less than a year! What would you say some of your running goals are?
Amy: My biggest running goal is to run a half marathon (which I’ve signed up for in 2014), and to one day, run Walt Disney World’s Princess Half Marathon!
RFR: Wow – I can’t wait to see you run your first half! That’s exciting! What are some of your favorite tools/apps for health/weigth loss / running?
Amy: I absolutely love MyFitnessPal (for calorie counting), Get Running (a great C25K app, which tells you when to run/walk while you have music playing on your phone), and RunKeeper (a running app that tells you your pace and distance).
RFR: I believe those are all free or very close to free too. Great app choices! Do you have any favorite running gear?
Amy: I’m a big fan of Old Navy’s compression pants. When I was in plus sizes, I found it hard to find good work-out clothes, and these pants are perfect. They fit well, and they’re quite slimming too! I also love my Bondi Band headband. Since the summers here in Louisiana are pretty brutal, this headband is a necessity for keeping the sweat away from my face. I love it!
RFR: I can’t wait to try out those headbands and the pants! What are some of the songs on your running playlist?
Amy: I really enjoy listening to Pitbull’s music. Every time I run, I just keep my Pitbull Pandora station on. It’s so upbeat and fun to run to! It really helps the time fly by.
RFR: His music has the perfect beat for getting you pumped, I agree! Who would you say inspires you?
Amy: My biggest sources of inspiration are within my family. My husband has lost 110 lbs. and my younger sister has lost 40 lbs. I find that weight loss has been so much easier since we have each other to keep each other going in our personal journeys.
RFR: Having that kind of support and accountability is definitely key! Do you have any words of encouragement you’d like to share?
Amy: This is advice for running and/or weight loss. Take it one day at a time. My before weight was super close to 300 lbs. My frist run was 16:40 minutes/mile. It was so overwhelming in the beginning, but taking it just one day at a time makes things much more manageable. Also, if you have a bad day (I have them all the time!), one of my favorite quotes (which I heard in a Weight Watchers meeting years ago) is “A setback is only a set-up for a comeback!” I have that written on a post-it note which I keep with me, and it’s really true. If you feel like your run wasn’t that great or you ate a meal that was 1500 calories, shake it off. You will rock it next time!
RFR: Thank you so much Amy! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I admire you. Keep up the hard work!
If you’d like to be featured or know someone who should be featured in an upcoming Red Faced Runner spotlight, send an email to kristen <at> dineanddish.net.