I've been able to meet so many inspirational people since I started this blog. It's not fair that I keep the stories all to myslef, so this is all about Lynn Pettinato!
I met Lynn in August last year at a Brazen race in San Leandro. She was just getting into her fitness routine and walked the 10K with her Dad. Since then we have kept in touch on her progress. She is such an inspiration I just had to share her story, and I think many can relate to her journey.
We took the picture below the day we met in August of 2011. You'll see as the pictures go on the amazing transformation she has been able to make...starting simple and in a relatively short amount of time. She set a goal to lose 110 pounds, which would get her to a healthy percentage of body fat. Today she is almost there!
I had an opportunity to ask Lynn a few questions so I could learn more about her journey.
What made you get started?
I was waking up hot in the morning, and started walking because it was cooler outside than it was in the house.
Soon after I started walking, I had a conversation with a friend that went something like this:
Friend: What are you walking for?
Lynn: I don’t know I’m just walking.
Friend: Why don’t you set a goal? Why don’t you walk a half marathon?
Lynn: A half marathon, are you crazy? I barely get a mile around my neighborhood.
Friend: Well just keep trying
So I set a goal to walk a half marathon 10 months later.
What motivates you on days you don’t feel like getting out?
I post what I've done for the day, and other people say I'm an inspiration. It motivates me to inspire other people. I feel like if I can do it anybody can do it. A year and a half ago I wasn't doing anything, and now my lifestyle has totally changed. Now I say what gym class do we have to go to tonight, or what race do we have this weekend....instead of what’s on TV.
For me it was a domino effect. I started running, then I wanted to eat better, and so on. Did that happen to you?
Exactly! My motto when I started was “I will walk for Mocha’s" because I have this Starbucks weakness. So if I didn’t walk in the morning I wouldn’t get my Mocha. Then I felt like I was canceling myself out because I just did all this walking and I killed it with this Mocha. Then I would say why not get a non-fat, why not get a no whip one, why not cut out the sugar, why not get a smaller one.
From there it moved to cleaner eating......but we do have our Guilt Free Saturdays! Our guilty pleasure is Smashburger in Sacramento. They smash the burger on the grill, and we get all the goop, and a milkshake. It's a lot of calories, but it's ok because they’ve worked really hard all week.
What would you tell someone that doesn’t know how to get started?
Just Start. Just start walking. I started with 15 minute walks in the morning. I would walk from my house to the park and back. I was drenched with sweat, I would come home, take a shower and I started feeling better in the morning. It was just a quick 15 minute walk and I built up from there.
Now for some visuals!
Lynn joined us for Jenny's Light in Los Gatos last year sporting her Hurry Up gear.
|March 2013 - Jenny's Light|
Lynn and I took the picture on the right below at the Brazen race this August. This was one year after I met her at the same race the year before. Look at the difference! She lost 75 pounds during in her first year and a half of being active.
|August 2013 - Down 75 Pounds!|
Of course Lynn and Hubby didn't miss the chance to do a turkey trot this year. They both got there personal best on the 10K and look how great they look! Lynn has lost 90 pounds in just over a year and a half.
Thanks for being such an inspiration Lynn! I can't wait to celebrate you hitting your goal weight.
She started with only 15 minutes a day....
How did you get started?