I had my lightbulb moment on my way up Croagh Patrick when I had to turn around as I couldn't go any further. My heart was thumping in my chest as I sat about 1/4 the way up the mountain smoking a cigarette. I was 29. This was not how my story was going to end.
I joined Weight Watchers and clocked up a few Silver 7s.
I started running in January 2013 and clocked up a few more Silver 7s.
I ran my first 10K that March, my first Half Marathon in May and my first Marathon in October.
I lost 99lbs (7 stone) and quit smoking.
Doing either wasn't easy but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I've learned more about myself and my inner strength in the past 3 years than I did in the previous 30.
This blog is my public journal both to myself and to others, documenting my life, my journey as it happens. I get so much from reading other peoples progress and stories
I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, I struggle with motivation but I keep going. My one piece of advice is: Just start. It doesn't matter how impossible it seems or how slow things seem to progress. One day it'll happen but only if you work towards it!
I have my sights set on two marathons in 2015 - Tralee (March) and Berlin (September). I also have my sights set on reaching Goal at Weight Watchers.