Name: Brittany Hulette
Occupation: Credit Analyst
Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky
Start Weight: 260 pounds
End Weight: 135 pounds
Time Running: Almost three years
Growing up, I was always on the heavier side. I was physically inactive as a child and loved to eat. My weight really ballooned in middle school and high school, and I probably weighed my heaviest around 280 pounds my sophomore year of high school. I would occasionally follow diet and exercise programs and lose a significant amount of weight, but I would always end up gaining everything right back.
Then a few years ago, a dear friend and coworker asked me to join her on a walk during our 15-minute work break one day. While on the walk, she told me that she thought I seemed sad and it looked like I was living my life as a spectator on the sidelines rather than a player on the field. Both very accurate observations of my life at the time. She helped me make a plan to start walking with her on our work break every day with the ultimate goal of completing a local 5K in October 2015.
I absolutely hated running at first, but she convinced and encouraged me to stick with it. Hate gradually turned into acceptance which eventually turned into enjoyment, longer and more frequent walks, walking/running, and eventually running. I had caught the bug.
At first, I didn’t actually see much progress. It was only when I also started to eat better in addition to the exercise that the weight really started to fly off. Once I had lost the weight, I thought the hardest part was over. I was wrong.
While it is somewhat easy to know how to lose weight or gain weight, it is extremely difficult to figure out how to maintain a new, healthy weight. To be completely honest, I was so scared of putting all of the weight back on that I let myself get carried away and lost too much weight.
After working with a wonderful team of doctors and mentors, I was able to get myself back up to a healthy weight and now feel better and stronger than ever before. Right now, I weigh about 135. My goal is to stay within the 135 to 145 range. I am very much still a work in progress, but I have a great village of support.
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Now, I love the way running makes me feel. Even on days when I don’t necessarily want to run, I always feel so much better afterward. I also love running and working out with other people, especially my friends. Never underestimate the power of accountability. Switching it up every so often is another way that I have found motivation. Trying a new class, exercise, or running route can sometimes make all the difference.
Running has really brought me out of my shell and given me the confidence to put myself out there more. I have met and continue to meet the most incredible people through running and the running community. Running changed my life and gave me more than I ever thought possible, but by far the greatest gift and blessing I have ever received is the people that it has brought into my life.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings my usual running group meets at 5 a.m. for about four miles downtown. I try to make as many of those runs as I can. Sometimes I’ll run by myself outside or on the treadmill in the morning or after work depending on when I can fit it into my schedule. I usually do a longer run on the weekend (mileage depending on what I’m currently training for) either Saturday or Sunday morning.
In the short term, I’m currently training for my first marathon this April. I am super excited but also nervous about taking on that monumental challenge. Long term, I just want to try to live my life as healthfully and happily as possible. If there is any way I can help others do the same, that would be pretty awesome, too.
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