Team PI Mountain States is a group of road runners, triathletes, and ultra runners in the Boise area. Everyone has a unique talent or story. Most of us will never win a race but we all train hard and never quit.
Anyway, even after being at my goal weight for over two years and accomplishing some pretty amazing things, I still don't always see myself the way others see me. I would never have believed in a million years that I would be able to hang with an athletic crowd like this as an equal. Maybe as the tag along chubby kid.
My point here is, to all the people who may read this and are desperately trying to lose weight, it isn't over when you reach your goal. There is still a lot of work do getting your mind in the right place where you feel 100% comfortable. My wife picked me up at work one day for lunch a while back and I made the comment that I don't see myself the way others see me. She pointed out a guy walking down the road and I said, "Yes, so what that guy is tiny." She reminded me that I look like him.
I am not sure what it will take to get completely there, but I continue to work on it.
On a side note, I also never thought I would wear a medium shirt with split leg HOT PANTS shorts. There's a first time for everything I guess!
This is the other picture I always think, "who is that kid?" 100 yards from the finish line at the St. George Marathon in 2010. On my way to a 3:14 Boston qualifying time just 18 months after deciding to make a change.