“Running helped me be a better mom to my boys.”
Katie first realized that she was different from the other kids at school when she was in the fourth grade, and a bullying boy started calling her “Shamu” with regards to her weight. This started many years of dieting, only to get heavier and heavier throughout the years. She continued to gain weight through college, marriage, and two pregnancies. Katie hit rock bottom when she discovered she was too obese to help her son learn to ride a bicycle. She was gasping for breath as she tried to run alongside the bike, and her sister had to take over. Katie vowed that when it was her younger son’s turn to learn, she would be the one to teach him.
Katie began to measure out food portions and count calories. She noticed the effect it had on her weight right away, and it was the encouragement she needed to keep going. She even made a bucket list goal to enter a 5K race and RUN it–and she had never even run a single mile in her life at that point. After she lost 60 pounds through diet changes alone, she started training to run a 5K. To her surprise, she picked it up pretty quickly, and she became hooked on running. She didn’t stop with the 5K–she continued on to compete in 10Ks, half-marathons, and even several full marathons.
She continued to count her calories and lost 125 pounds over 16 months. It was the first time in Katie’s life that she was a “normal” weight for her height! It has been six years since that fateful day she tried to teach her son to ride a bike, and she continues to run to help keep the weight off (a never-ending battle). Katie’s story has inspired many people. She’s been featured on Dr. Oz, Today Show and in Women’s World Magazine! She says she feels a million times better, and most importantly to her, she was able to teach her younger son to ride a bike when his time came. This was one of the biggest rewards for her hard work!