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Whenever I sleep at my mom’s house in the little twin bed, I kind of feel like this:



So, my foot is killing me this morning after running 7.0 miles yesterday.  The outside blade of my left foot feels painful and internally swollen.  Since this is an acute injury, I’m guessing my very worn-out shoes are to blame (plus, I’ve been having shin and knee pain, other sure signs the shoes are shot).


I got my shoes on September 2 and have put 363.01 miles into my Brooks Summons!  Guess that’s a few miles too long.


I accidentally ordered the Summons 2 last night but am going back to Summons 1.  They are my favorite!


Here’s how to find the right shoe for you!


My mom made us an incredible breakfast:  Grilled Banana Sandwich!



Another January Joiner Story


I have LOVED sharing these January Joiner stories.  Catching up on the series?



Here’s another motivating story from Julie!


She wrote, “I am a January Joiner, for the second time.  I just wanted to share a little story with you. In high school, I weighed 135 lbs at 5’7" tall and was fairly average sized.  Somehow I still felt fat.  Looking back now I can’t even believe that. 


In university, I went through a bad breakup and ate my way through it.  I ballooned up to 235 lbs over the course of 4 years.  My year in teacher’s college made me decide that I did not want to be "the fat teacher on staff" so I made it my goal to figure out something I liked/ could do to lose weight and get in shape.  I joined weight watchers and started walking and going to aquafit classes. I started this in January of 2005.  My fiancé joined me so I had a live in cheerleader and motivator. I managed over the course of a year and a half to get myself back down to 160lbs, and that felt pretty comfortable.  


I got married in August of 2007, and was 165 lbs and a size 12.  I was really happy at this weight and size, and felt pretty for the first time I can remember.  I was a pretty awkward looking teenager and kid, and I finally felt attractive.
I decided I didn’t need to go to weight watchers meetings anymore to maintain my weight, and got cocky and blew back up to a size 16 and was 195 lbs the day I found out I was pregnant with our first child.  I had not wanted to start out a pregnancy fat, I had wanted to lose weight and then get pregnant, but it hadn’t happened that way. 


The day I delivered our son, I was 250lbs.  This is the most I ever weighed, and yes I was pregnant, but man did that blow me away.  How did I let this happen to myself so quickly? Now, my son is 19 months old, and I managed to lose some of the pregnancy weight, but then I put some of it back on again.  I have made excuse after excuse, and now it’s time to stop.  There is child care at the gym I go to, and while it’s not free, it’s convenient.  My sister has a membership to the same gym.  We have committed ourselves to a ten week beginner boot camp and the first class was tonight. 


I was pretty sure it might kill me.  I have not worked out in years, I am beyond out of shape, and I have asthma as well.  I signed up and paid for it, and my sister was expecting me to be there.  We have a deadline.  Her wedding is in nine months.  I have nine months to fit into a maid of honor dress and feel and look pretty again.  I did it.  I went to the gym, put my son in their daycare, paid the $3.75 fee, and went and worked as hard as I could.  I pushed myself, I ran and jogged when I wasn’t sure I could.  I walked when I really needed to, but I tried my hardest. 


I know that I don’t have to be overweight or unhealthy.  I don’t have to be like this.  It’s going to be hard to change, but it’s going to be so worth it to be able to play with my son, and be a good role model for him.  So here it is January, and I’m a new joiner. At my weight, there’s no hiding that I’m brand new to the gym again and that I have no clue what I’m doing.  This bootcamp class was brutal.  We did circuits and between each circuit had to run the whole gym for a minute, then back to a circuit for another minute.  I did it!  I managed to do it. 


And even better is that someone who was FIT and TONED and looked like she knew her way around the gym complimented ME!  I was doing burpee’s with a medicine ball and damn were they hard, but I was doing them, and rocking it.  She said to me, "You are doing so well; those are really hard!" I needed it.  I was almost in tears because she was nice to me, and encouraging me.  She doesn’t know me, and I’m crowding "her class" as a new person, and she gave me a little thing to hang on to for the rest of the class.  It kept me going.  That and the chant "I wanna look good in that dress, I wanna be healthy for my son."  I’ll update you in nine months and let you know how my dress fits!”



  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen January 14, 2011, 9:44 am

    I need some new running shoes. My current ones are Under Armour brand, and I have loved them. Super comfy. I am interested in checking out the Brooks like though. Hope your foot feels better soon!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 14, 2011, 9:45 am

    I’ve never heard of that Brooks model before. I’m partial to Nikes and I’ll try on a million pairs/brands and always end up back in them! Your breakfast looks awesome!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 14, 2011, 9:45 am

    I have some foot pain today too! I’m with you girl! Hope you feel better!

  • foodandfarm January 14, 2011, 9:52 am

    I run and play tennis, and worn out shoe pain is no joke. It is so bad, good shoes are an investment for sure. Love this story!

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 14, 2011, 9:55 am

    That picture of james is too cute!
    Hope all your pain subsides!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 14, 2011, 9:56 am

    My new sneaks got stolen from the locker room at my gym! Mean people!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 14, 2011, 9:56 am

    I can’t wait to hear your update Julie!! Until then, keep at it. Don’t give up. You can DO this!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 14, 2011, 9:56 am

    Love that story! I like your featured stories. It’s nice to see the point of view from someone I likely would have never clicked on.

    And yummy breakfast!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 14, 2011, 10:00 am

    I love the January joiner stories! I hope your foot feels better. I will not tell you how long I had my last pair of sneakers before I just got new ones. Let’s just say my feet are now in heaven with these new ones!

  • Sarah January 14, 2011, 10:01 am

    Julie, that’s so awesome that you made it through a boot camp class! I’ve been working out regularly for 8 years and I still haven’t gone to a class like that because I’m scared 🙂 I always think the hardest thing about a lifestyle change is getting the momentum going, but it sounds like you have a lot of willpower, great motivation, and awesome social support. I have no doubts that you can do this!!!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 14, 2011, 10:01 am

    Take care of that foot–I’ve found store-bought “orthodics” (inserts) make all the difference for me.

  • Kelly January 14, 2011, 10:03 am

    I need new shoes before I start training for the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler in April.

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable January 14, 2011, 10:06 am

    To Julie: Keep up the great work and stick with it! Congratulations on taking those first steps to a healthy lifestyle. I will tell you one of my mantras: Keep coming back; it works if you work it!

  • Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 14, 2011, 10:07 am

    That was a WONDERFUL story. Simply beautiful — I love that they have a deadline, motivation, and each other to stay accountable and have someone to lean on. I loved her story about a stranger encouraging her — what a wonderful gesture. I wish we all reached out to each other like that!

  • Cyclist Kate January 14, 2011, 10:07 am

    That is such a great story! And you know what? When I push my students (I teach Pilates–TOUGH Pilates!), they always complain, “isn’t this supposed to get easier??” And I tell them, “no.” Pushing to your limit, wherever that limit is, is what makes you stronger. So excited for you, Julie! Very inspiring.

    • bakingnbooks January 14, 2011, 10:28 am

      I’ve always just said – “Yes, it’s hard….so what?”

      I always get a chuckle out of that one for sure. Deal with it and move on – life is full of hard knocks. No point in getting stressed over it.

      Great post!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini January 14, 2011, 10:08 am

    James looks ridiculous in the car bed.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) January 14, 2011, 10:10 am

    I remember back in college when Hubbs and I would share a twin bed at times… ridiculous. And so glad we don’t have to do that anymore 🙂

  • RED January 14, 2011, 10:10 am

    Very inspirational story! Keep up the good work!!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 14, 2011, 10:13 am

    I hope your foot heals quickly! Is your mom taking care of you? They’re good like that 🙂

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story January 14, 2011, 10:15 am

    I am due for new shoes soon too. Thanks for the reminder.

    LOVE the picture of James!

  • Rachel January 14, 2011, 10:16 am

    Way to go Julie! Kick that boot camp’s ASS!

  • Stephanie January 14, 2011, 10:18 am

    Aw! I get so excited and uplifted by these stories.

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing January 14, 2011, 10:19 am

    Awesome! I joined Weight Watchers in January 2005 also and lost 30 lbs. I also got cocky and stopped going to meetings and counting points. I kept it off for about 4 years, but here I am again. Humbled and back at Weight Watchers. Good luck, Julie!

  • MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 14, 2011, 10:21 am

    James looks like he is napping in a slipper 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 14, 2011, 10:21 am

    It’s about time I invested in some new running shoes too. I’ve never tried Brooks before but I think I might make the switch.

    And loooove reading about the January Joiners! So inspiring! 🙂

  • Danielle January 14, 2011, 10:22 am

    Always replace your shoes timely! I learned the hard way last year with stress fractures in my foot. Never again 🙂 I try to stay around 350 miles…I figure that the money spent on new shoes is less than doctor’s visits! 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 14, 2011, 10:24 am

    James is such a cutie!! 🙂

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl January 14, 2011, 10:28 am

    That breakfast looks absolutely amazing!!! I am drooling over here. Bummer about the foot pain but I bet it is from the need for new shoes. Have an amazing weekend Caitlin and enjoy the itty bitty bed ha!

  • Hope January 14, 2011, 10:30 am

    Grilled banana sandwiches? Sign me up! That looks amazing! Love the picture of James. He is so cute 🙂

  • Lisa January 14, 2011, 10:34 am

    I looooove my Brooks! I wear the Ghost shoes and I think I need new ones too. Mine are getting squished.

    And that’s an awesome Jan. Joiner story! Keep it up Julie!

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 14, 2011, 10:35 am

    that is such a good story. i’m glad julie shared her experience.

    i wish my mom made me grilled banana sandwiches…

  • Lauren January 14, 2011, 10:40 am

    You should read Born to Run’s take on running shoes. It was so interesting to hear that running shoes may cause running injuries because I had never really heard or thought about it before.

  • Orla January 14, 2011, 10:47 am

    That story about the January Joiner is great! I am so happy that Julie has made the decision to , most importantly BE HEALTHY!!! Good on you Julie! Keep going and going!
    As for new shoes – I have new trainers since just before Christmas and have been breaking them in slowly (from a support shoe to a neutral as I had custom insoles made) Anyway, Tuesday evening post run, I was checking my feet as I alwasy do and…. my toenail fell off!!!! This is after 2.5 months of not touching it as it was black after my marathon! Thankfully, the chiropodist said there was enough “toughening” as I hadn’t touched it that I don’t have to worry about not running.
    However, my french tip pedicure looks really weird.
    Gosh, sorry about that! Rant over! Happy Weekend!

  • Stephanie January 14, 2011, 10:49 am

    That’s a great story! Julie should know that everyone has the ability to be strong at any size – it’s just about pushing yourself! You go girl!!

  • Ashley January 14, 2011, 10:50 am

    Julie is so brave, I’m glad she shared her story.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 14, 2011, 10:51 am

    I love these January Joiners stories! You’re going to do fantastic Julie!

  • Amanda January 14, 2011, 10:52 am

    Way to go, Julie!!
    Caitlin, I feel the same way about sleeping in my childhood twin bed when I sleep at my parents’ house. I often fear I will roll out of bed when I turn over.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 14, 2011, 10:59 am

    Way to go Julie! Glad she is taking her life back and taking charge! 🙂

    Your shoes and replacing them…I have learned the hard way that my shoes HAVE to be replaced by 400 miles, possibly sooner, or i DO get injuries. It’s not a fluke, and I’ve tracked it very un-scientifically over the decades(s) or running and power walking, but once my shoes lose their new-ness and squish, i end up with tons of injuries from shins to knees.

    Glad you got some new shoes! 🙂

  • Kara January 14, 2011, 11:03 am

    Woohoo Julie! I love hearing stories of people reclaiming fitness. Although I want to know what kind of gym she goes to that has such cheap childcare??

    • Laura January 14, 2011, 11:58 am

      YMCAs and JCCs often have free or inexpensive childcare while you are exercising.

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:07 pm

      Childcare at LA Fitness was $5, I think! Not bad.

    • Julie January 14, 2011, 4:25 pm

      It’s actually not a chain gym, it’s a wellness center affiliated with our local college. It’s a limit of 2 hours for that fee, and I think it’s pretty good. Though, I do wish it was included in our membership fee, it’s not cheap!

      • Kara January 14, 2011, 5:02 pm

        I wish childcare was an option at my gym. I use the drillhall gym on base (which is free) but there is no childcare. I guess they can’t include childcare into a membership fee, otherwise people without kids would complain (I know I would have pre-kids 🙂

        • Julie January 14, 2011, 5:09 pm

          I am really glad that childcare is an option, and you’re right, people with no kids would complain for sure! I guess they could charge a bit more to compensate, because now I have to be organized and have the cash on me for that fee!

  • yvonne January 14, 2011, 11:03 am

    Julie – Do you realize how fantastic you are?! I can run a decent 5k, and I’m about 10 pounds over my recommended weight for my height, but I can’t even do three burpees in a row… let alone with a medicine ball. They are my most hated exercise ever! Keep going! You can do it!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 14, 2011, 11:07 am

    Julie’s story brought tears to my eyes. Keep up the great work, Julie! You are amazing!

  • Sarah for Real January 14, 2011, 11:08 am

    I totally just posted yesterday about how I need new shoes too! This will be my first time going into a real running shoe store and I’m nervous.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 14, 2011, 11:09 am

    That breakfast sounds so good!!! Can’t believe you’ve run over 300 miles in such a short time. Crazy!!!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 14, 2011, 11:17 am

    I think I am coming up on needing new shoes soon as well.

    That French toast looks amazing. I am loving the January Joiners stories, I was one and just wrote a freelance article about my story and my tips on how to stick with it.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 14, 2011, 11:21 am

    I am so bad about getting running shoes. I had my first pair for 8 years! I managed to stay relatively injury free, too. No idea how that happened!

  • Valerie C. January 14, 2011, 11:23 am

    I feel your pain! After around 50 or so minutes of running I always get INTENSE blisters…I don’t know what to do since I have tried three different types of shoes and even gone to a running specialty store where they access your pressure points and such. Do you have any suggestions?!
    I just competed in the Disney Half Marathon and got such a bad blister that my 4 toe (from the left) on my right foot is now missing a layer of skin (pretty raw 🙁 I try to predict the blisters and put bandaids but it doesn’t really help. I also wear the appropriate running socks so that’s not it 🙁

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:06 pm

      Moleskin! Near the shoe section of a pharmacy.

      • Valerie C. January 14, 2011, 5:08 pm

        Thank you soooooo much!!! I sent you an e-mail with the same question, please disregard 😉 I will be sure to try this out.

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 14, 2011, 11:27 am

    Haha I love the dog in the (cat?) bed!!!

  • Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous January 14, 2011, 11:29 am

    I love the feeling of new running shoes. I’m currently wearing the Asics GT-2150s and LOVE them!!! I had just recently gotten fitted for the right running shoe last Spring when I was having issues with my meniscus tear in my right knee. Enjoy your new sneaks and I hope you foot feels better soon!

    Mmmm grilled banana sandwhich. Thanks for the inspiration and recipe. You can guess what I”ll be having for brekkie tomorrow morning.

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 14, 2011, 11:30 am

    Your breakfast dish looks so cozy and homey! Moms do kind of make the best wake-up meals 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 14, 2011, 11:32 am

    Ahhh Caitlin! I had a horrible foot pain like that back in Sept when I randomly decided to up my mileage from my normal loop of 7 to about 13 one day (did my loop twice b.c. I didn’t want to head in yet). Oh. LAWD. It was not good. I, like you, had been running in shoes too worn down (and with a too big of a toe-box!) Needless to say I was stubborn and kept up my running for a few days bc that was the first injury I had ever had. Couldn’t run for an entire MONTH! It was absolute torture!

    Anyway, just wanted to say that kudos to you for icing and taking care of it right away! New shoes and rest are key!

  • Amanda @ JustAmandaJ January 14, 2011, 11:43 am

    I LOVED this JJ post! I am in sorta the same boat, I am currently pregnant and I had wanted to lose weight prior to becoming so. Needless to say I didn’t either and the number on the scale is terrifying to me, I’ve still got two months to go and I’m already at 215 when I SWORE I would not go over 200. The great thing to come out of this though is I’ve learned a lot more about healthy eating and have new goals to take out of this pregnancy to use after I’ve delivered. Kudos to Julie and I hope she emails you back later in the year to let you know how things go to update your readers, I know it will be a very positive story!

    • Julie January 14, 2011, 4:26 pm

      I will, I promise!

  • Kiran January 14, 2011, 11:44 am

    Loveeeeeee the Grilled Banana Sandwich. Makes me want to have a 2nd breakfast this morning 😀

  • Carolina @The Broccolli Diaries January 14, 2011, 11:44 am

    Sorry to hear that you are hurt! Do you know what is wrong with it? I have been feeling some pain in the exact same spot for a while now but once I warm it up and start running it usually stops (and then kind of bothers me for the rest of the day a little bit). Gonna have to give it a break this weekend! Have a great long weekend!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:06 pm

      I think its just an overuse injury combined with crap shoes.

  • Sarah January 14, 2011, 11:50 am

    Julie, you’re amazing! I think it’s awesome that you’re in there, giving your best at boot camp. Boot camp classes really intimidate me. Guess what? You’ve just inspired me to try one out! (My sister-in-law’s wedding is in a little less than 6 months, and I’m her maid of honor.:-))

    • Julie January 14, 2011, 4:27 pm

      Good luck, it is brutal… but don’t be scared, if I can do it at well over 200 lbs and way out of shape, I’m sure you can do it, too!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 14, 2011, 11:50 am

    Hilarious picture. Yikes– sorry to hear about your foot!! Hope it feels better soon!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine January 14, 2011, 11:52 am

    HA! That pup picture is adorable!
    I’m sorry your foot is hurting! I hope it heals quickly! I have the same running shoes and love them so far! Hopefully they’ll get a lot of mileage like yours had!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) January 14, 2011, 11:54 am

    Hehehe,sorry James, not going to cut it! I definitely think 300+ miles is a bit overkill for your poor sneaks. Maybe buy two pairs next time so you won’t wear them down as badly.

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) January 14, 2011, 11:57 am

    I think I need new sneakers, too, but I don’t wanna fork up the money! I guess I’ll have to, though, huh? Great story from Julie- I’m finding this JJ stories very inspirational. Even though I’m not a JJ (this time around), they’re giving me motivation to make my workouts more challenging and mix it up!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 14, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Great story Julie!! 🙂

    Caitlin, I remember when you got those shoes! Guess it’s time to go shopping hey? 😉 My Asics could probably use replacing soon but I might wait until the snow melts to get myself a fresh pair.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 14, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I wear Mizuno’s Inspire, and I love them. Shocking neon green color and all!

  • Melissa January 14, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Hi! Its could be your vibrams! I got the same pains after I started running in them, on concrete. I worked up slowly to 3 miles. I would then switch to my neutral running shoe for my long runs. The last long run I got the worse shin splints of my life and they only have about 70 miles on them. Be careful with the vibrams of course your shoes have a lot of miles on them so it could be a combination of both.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef January 14, 2011, 12:10 pm

    new shoes are the best! i love how my feet feel while running in them. 🙂

  • Stpehanie January 14, 2011, 12:11 pm

    These stories make me cry every single time. And I’m not even hormonal. Makes me feel very compassionate toward the newbies at my gym.

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:05 pm

      <3 yay!

  • Amber K January 14, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the reminder on how to find the right shoes! Mine are totally shot, so I went back to my older pair. Then I realized why I had to buy newer shoes! They both suck, and I need to get rid of them!

  • Jessica January 14, 2011, 12:23 pm

    So inspiring. Keep it up, Julie!

  • Camille January 14, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Ugh, single beds are the worst!

  • Liz January 14, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I LOVE the stories you have been posting. This one is especially inspirational.

  • Maryann January 14, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I keep forgetting to try grilled bananas!!! Thanks for the inspirational stories! 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 14, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Whoa. That one made me tear up a little. Thanks for sharing all of these!

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist January 14, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I don’t mind the January joiners. I wish them all success but I’m convinced my yoga instructor is trying to get her classes back to a more manageable size by working us harder than usual in an attempt to scare away all the people who aren’t truly committed.

  • Salah (My Healthiest LIfestyle) January 14, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I need to try that grilled banana sandwich!!!

  • Lily's Health Pad January 14, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Sometimes I get pain the exact same spot a couple days after wearing my vibrams. Maybe that’s a possiblity for you too?

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 14, 2011, 1:35 pm

    Sleeping in a twin bed reminds me of dorm rooms in college!!

  • Nadine January 14, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Love the picture of James! If you look closely at the pic, you can see the cat in the background looking pissed that that Goldilox is in his bed!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:04 pm


  • Jen January 14, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Hopefully the new shoes will cure the foot pain! OMG grilled banana sandwich?! Yes, please!!!!!

    Have a great weekend 🙂


  • Anne P January 14, 2011, 2:27 pm

    What a great January Joiner story! Julie – rock on girl. YOU CAN DO THIS! 🙂

  • jenna January 14, 2011, 2:34 pm

    i love you!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:00 pm

      love you too!

  • Mary January 14, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Good for you!!! Don’t give up – you won’t regret sticking with it.

  • Meg January 14, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I had a similar pain in my foot after a marathon in 2008. Turned out to be peroneal brevis tendonitis…pretty much every doctor I saw said it was a sprain, but I finally went to a physiotherapist that they diagnosed it in minutes! Good luck!

  • Gracie (complicated day) January 14, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I guess I’m cheap but replacing shoes at 360 miles makes me cringe. But I guess new shoes are cheaper than new knees, right? Hehe! Do you have any thoughts on Shoe Goo? I have a friend who gets 700 – 1000 miles per pair by using Shoe Goo on the soles, and he runs over 2000 miles per year. I tend to trust his advice but I would also be afraid of messing up my git if I applied it wrong. Any thoughts? Have you heard anything or tried it yourself?

    • Caitlin January 14, 2011, 4:02 pm

      Interesting… my question would be whether shoe goo protects the cushioning (which I would think not) or just the tread on the bottom…

  • Carina January 14, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Outside of foot pain is usually peroneus longus tendon I think. I had pain there as well a couple years ago and was told to get orthotics but just got new shoes instead and it went away. I posted some more details about it in my review of the barefoot part of Born to Run, but I’d definitely guess (as a non-medical doctor!) it’s your peroneus longus tendon, if you want to look up stretches.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 14, 2011, 5:07 pm

    What a great inspiration and story. You can do it, Julie!

  • Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean January 14, 2011, 7:11 pm

    Great story, good luck Julie!! And good luck with that foot Caitlin!

  • Judy January 14, 2011, 10:38 pm

    If you had a thumbs up button here I would have clicked it! So Thumbs Up! Especially for the chant. I think my chant is going to be “Belly fat be gone!”

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats January 15, 2011, 7:58 am

    Go Julie! You can stick with it. When it gets really hard and you want to say f*#)@ it, think about your baby and your future and all of the readers here who are rooting for you! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Everytime you post pictures of the puppies, Caitlin, I curse my no dog allowed apartment. April though! Puppies will be mine!

  • April January 15, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the January Joiner stories! I love them! I am a coach for a running group through our local running store and love when we get our January crop of new runners. It’s so exciting to see people break through their self-imposed barriers and change for the better. Safe travels – enjoy the vacation!
    Julie – so proud of you – you can do this!! Keep at it and don’t give up on yourself. I believe in you!

  • Robyn January 15, 2011, 4:36 pm

    I loved reading your story Julie! I know how ridiculously hard it can be to be able to run and work out hard with asthma, but it can be done. I’ve been working at it for nearly 5 months, and I am up to about 2 miles of running in about 25 minutes. That may seem ridiculous for some, but if you have asthma and can’t breathe you know how hard (not to mention, extremely frustrating) it can be.

    Keep it up – Don’t give up, because it does get easier!……and know that you have even strangers who are cheering you on!

  • Robyn January 15, 2011, 4:40 pm

    P.S. take care of your foot Caitlin! And have you ever given Vibrams a try?

    My hubby could only run about 200 feet before his knees would start to hurt, and now he’s up to about 4 miles completely pain free. I’ve had them for about 2 months, but breathing is my biggest issue, so I don’t really see a difference, but I think if you are injuring yourself it’s worth a try for the experiment alone. 🙂

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 6:18 pm
      • Robyn January 16, 2011, 9:35 am

        Well now, I’m embarrassed! I was still on my Christmas vactaion at work from that time, and unfortunatly that also inlcuded Christmas vacation from the computer 😉

        Glad to hear you you enjoyed them though!

  • Lisa January 18, 2011, 1:11 pm

    You GO JULIE!!! Your motivation is awesome and I know you can do it! I have some parallels in my story. I start my new running program this week to train for a half marathon and your push for yourself is extra inspiration for me!

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