Real Talk: Health and Red Faced Running

healthy me

A feeling of pure happiness washes over me every time I see the photo above. Then, at some point, that happiness turns to disappointment and shame.

You see, that was probably one of the happiest “regular” days of my life. My husband and I were in Park City, Utah on a little getaway. I was feeling healthy because I had made exercise a priority in my life. I was feeling beautiful… thin, healthy, and in shape. I had a confidence that I hadn’t had in a very long time.

Nick and I went on a 20+ mile hike through the mountains and enjoyed every moment of it. It was an amazing day.


(another picture, taken by my friend Jenn, that brings back the memories of how happy I was last year!)

Fast forward to today… I got a stress fracture in my foot last year which halted my exercise and my enthusiasm for exercising and increased my appetite somehow. I stopped caring about the food I was putting into my body, quit exercising and voila… I quickly gained back the 30 pounds I had worked so hard to lose the year before. Even though I had learned to love running, I lost all the motivation I had had and became lazy. Now, it’s like starting all over, which frustrates me.

I’ve spent the better part of this year feeling quite annoyed with myself. I LOVED how I felt last year. I close my eyes and remember that feeling and it felt so good. How could that not be motivation enough to get back to being healthy again? Well, it hasn’t been, but now I’m fed up. It’s time to get real…

A good friend of mine and I have been exercising regularly, but I’ll be the first to admit I can find any excuse to skip it. Cold weather, sick kids, pms’ing… I’m pretty darn good at coming up with excuses.

Well, no more. I am done with my little pity party and I’m ready to return to the keys of living happy and healthy again. I know my life, marriage, image, confidence and most importantly… HEALTH… will be better because of it.

Kristen's Diet Bet

I started a DietBet challenge this week… it starts tomorrow if any of you want to join in. Food bloggers and non-food bloggers alike are challenging each other to take better steps to a healthier lifestyle. $25 gets you in and everyone who loses 4% of their body weight in 28 days will split the pot. (The pot is currently at $975!) Click here to join the fun!

Red Faced Runners Spotlight

Also, do you remember the Red Faced Runner site? We’re back in action and I am so excited to share that I had the chance to interview one of the people on this health and wellness journey who motivates me daily. Head over to the Red Faced Runners site to read an inspiring interview with Amy from The Nifty Foodie.

So what do you think? How do you feel about yourself lately? If you are frustrated and disappointed, I challenge you to think back to a time where you felt really, really good… and work towards getting back to finding that person. They are in there, I know it. It’s just going to take some work to find him or her. Are you with me? Shall we reunite with our happier selves? I certainly think so and I hope you’ll join me!

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  1. barbara n says

    WOW sounds just like my story. I too had lost almost 35 lbs – was feeling great about myself and my health!!!! BAM suffered a stress fracture in my foot and everything spiraled out of control….emotions, eating and yes ALL the weight came back on……..I want to feel that good again and I know that I CAN lose the weight again! Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. says

    You’re always such an inspiration and last year watching you shed weight and get healthy was no exception. I know when you set your mind to something you make it happen. I’ve been struggling to slowly drop weight and have so much more to go, but knowing others like you and Amy (just wow, huh?) are keeping at it always helps me to lace up and get moving.

  3. says

    I can definitely relate to this. I feel like my fitness level and overall “feeling good about myself” level is a constant roller coaster of a challenge. I’ll get to a great spot, then something happens, and I let the excuses creep in until I’m back to the beginning. I do know that being in a group, and having others to cheer you on (and vice versa) helps a ton. I know you can do this, and I am cheering loudly for you!

  4. says

    I’m totally feeling the same way. I lost 13 pounds for my wedding and in the 7 months since I’ve gained it all back and a few!! I’m officially at my highest weight ever and it frustrates and enfuriates me – especially because I did it all to myself!! Back in January I signed up for a gym, and I’ve been doing MFP, and still despite my 4-5 days a week of spinning, lifting, TurboKick, and Total Ball, I hav been fluctuating weight but not sustainably dropping it! Aghhh!!! I’m more thank ful than ever for the bloggers facebook group for support, the RFR5K (even though I can’t run anymore due to my back injury – i’m still dreaming and striving to complete my 5K someday so this keeps my eyes on the prize) and all the blogger friends.

    Thanks for being a motivator, and inspiration and sharing this with us doll – we’re cheering you on and we’re right next to you. XO!

  5. says

    I have to say that I’ve been a bit down lately because it doesn’t seem to matter if I eat well or not the scale pretty much stays the same! (Okay when I really don’t eat well it creeps up a bit…) For me it was getting pregnant and gaining all the weight back that I had lost in the year before. I’ve pretty much always struggled with weight and learned why 2 years ago – I have PCOS which contributes to weight gain, makes losing weight harder and also makes me at risk for diabetes, heart disease, etc. So I KNOW I need to exercise and eat right so I can live to see my children reach their milestones in life! But I think the thing most frustrating right now, is that I’m about where I was before I worked my tail off to lose 20 pounds before I got pregnant. (I’m actually now at needing to lose 15 lbs to be where I was.)
    It can be hard to restart and get back in shape! It is amazing how we tend to make excuses when the rewards of thee work make us feel so much better! Good luck with your goals and finding the motivation. (Oh, and I love your husband’s comment!)

  6. says

    I know so much of what you mean, Kristen, and I think bloggers (and other people in an industry that requires a ton of SITTING) are especially prone to “blogger body” when we spend so much of our work time sedentary. I’m sitting here with a knee recovering from surgery, so I know that fear of losing the good habits you’ve built up. I’ve grown to love running, too, and…. I can’t. Not for about six months, apparently.

    I’d love to join your group, but I don’t think 4% is feasible for me with my knee. BUT I’d love to join another one soon, so please don’t let this be your last bet! Sounds like a lot of fun.

    (And I love your Red-Faced Running blog… such a great idea!)

  7. mary blase says

    I’m new to your site & this is the 1st time i’ve read 1 of your posts but you know what?? YOU ARE AWESOME NO MATTER WHAT!!?? You have people who love you, you are getting over an injury & getting better every day & no matter how much you weigh, you can get out & exercise or do whatever you can to move toward your goal!!

    It’s hard to get on the right food path, I know. I work from home & have spells where I am so hungry eat everything in site & beat myself up especially since I have ibs & it seems to really flare up when I’m not doing better with my food choices. I hate when I do that then feel bad for a few days & think “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING” but i’m not perfect & i’m sure I’ll do it again at some point.

    None of us are perfect & it is the journey not the destination that makes us who we are and stronger people!!

  8. says

    That photo in the the long dress is stunning Kristen. I put on 15-20 lbs after my 3rd child and I just can’t seem to get the motivation to lose it all again I have been up and down for about a year now and can’t keep the weight off for good. I look back at photos of myself 3 years ago when I was at my fittest and makes so sad to see where I am now. I love this post and I hope we can all start to get our bloggin butts back into shape 😉

  9. says

    what a great group and such a motivating program!!! i absolutely love this and i really need to get in shape for my wedding. i’ve already printed out that sheet from red face runners or wait, was it C25K? whatever it was, i can’t wait to shed some weight & get healthy! :)

  10. says

    You have no idea how you inspired me last year! I have even started running, on my own, because I want to have that wonderful feeling of being healthy! I have lost 5kgs and am felling so happy about myself! So there is something to be happy about your fitness journey last year – all the people you inspired to work on their fitness!

  11. says

    First of all, I love Nick’s comment. It is true. You look great and always have. You are beautiful inside and out. I know that you will get back to where you want to be because you are a strong, confident, determined woman. I cannot wait to see you in June!!

  12. says

    I use to love working out in high school which honestly was forever ago. I got lazy in college and then fast forward to having had 3 kids, I need to work on things. I have a lot of excuses for why I don’t workout outside of the home but don’t have a ton of acceptable reasons for not doing it in the house… in any case, we have a treadmill on the way (hopefully a big yay lol) and have already printed the c25k plan you shared recently. I hope it helps! :)

  13. says

    What an inspirational post, Kristen! It’s so easy to forget about ourselves, especially when we’re busy being a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, etc. All of these things for others (and ourselves too), but not allowing time for that workout that makes us feel so much better afterwards. Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing about what you’re going through. That’s so courageous! And I’m looking forward to checking out the other sites you’ve mentioned here.

  14. says

    I can totally relate Kristen! In injured my foot on Thanksgiving, and haven’t really done much since. I finally started running very slowly in March, and walked all over Japan, but I am still not feeling good about myself at all! So glad you put this out there, I know you will have success and get back to where you were!

  15. says

    You are beautiful and I LOVE reading your posts. Kristen! Have a great Easter holiday with your family. I know you are going to do amazing with this challenge. You have a beautiful family and so much to be thankful for!

  16. says

    I can totally relate. By May 2011, I had lost nearly 60 lbs through a combination of Zumba and clean eating. And then I sprained my ankle and it was downhill from there. It’s been a slow climb back, but I’m starting to see the teensiest bit of light…


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