Morning Y’all! It’s that time again… Transformation Tuesday! I am excited to bring you Mark, we met at the New Balance Good Form Clinic the other week and realized that in true Savannah fashion, we had mutual friends. And even better, they are mutual run friends. So let’s meet Mark
In 2008, I was working for a major bank in Metro Atlanta and we were preparing for an annual breast cancer walk/run. Throughout the day we would ask various customers to provide donations and give them an overview on the walk/run which happened to be a 5K. After giving our spiel to one customer, he took one look at me and simply asked “Do you think you’re gonna make it?” I replied with a laugh and said “Oh sure, I’ll be fine.” He responded with “Well, you might want to invest in some roller skates.” Shortly after that, my weight was no longer a laughing matter.
It took from about eight months to a year to lose a total of 70 lbs. I went from 250 to about 180.
Start small…eliminate high calorie options or soft drinks from your diet. Watch your portions and remember to “treat” but don’t “cheat” when choosing unhealthy foods.
I would say wardrobe, haha. Not only was it expensive to replenish my clothes in different sizes, but I had to get past certain colors that used to make my look like a tomato or marshmallow due to my size. Needless to say, I got over that…along with stripes, haha.
Chocolate Milk…it’s not as bad for you as everyone thinks. I usually have some after every run (My signature choice of exercise). Research shows that it has the right mix of carbs and protein to refuel muscles.
6- How is life different now than before, outside of diet and exercise?
I feel extremely confident and excited about my future now. Ever since I allowed myself to make better food and body choices, I am now able to make excellent life choices. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s in Middle Grades Education and starting my first year of teaching.
7- Bonus Question- Where is your favorite run spot in Savannah?
Anywhere (well, almost anywhere) downtown or throughout my neighborhood (Ardsley Park)…I still find myself gawking at the pretty homes in those two areas. Oddly enough, they keep me focused on the task at hands because there is so much beauty to look at in my hometown…so I gotta keep moving!
Thank you so much, Mark! Doesn’t he look amazing, y’all? And no, the Green Jacket is not from the Masters Golf Tournament… it’s part of the Legendary St. Patrick’s Day Celebration down in Savannah. Come on down, Y’all!