This is the old Kathleen.
Some of you may remember her. But most of you reading this have probably never met her. She was a great girl, but somewhere on a path of bad food choices and lack of exercise had gotten lost in a body she didn’t recognize. She despised pictures and clothes shopping and felt as though every person she passed was judging her. She wasn’t really athletic, but deep down inside wanted to be. She knew she wanted to change, but lacked the confidence and the knowledge of where to begin.
Then there was this Kathleen.
Some of you may know her and started following her journey. Shortly after the old Kathleen’s boyfriend put a ring on it, she knew she needed to change. With a wonderful twist of fate she found a local personal training and nutrition consulting studio. Apparently a match made in heaven, she found the help and support she needed and by the end of the summer had lost almost 40 pounds. She started running, regained her confidence, participated in her first 5K, and still- wanted more.
Her trainers were so impressed with her progress and dedication that she was chosen as a “rock star” student, and chronicled the next 12 weeks of her journey through their studio’s blog. Putting her story out there was incredibly scary- but the support and love that she received from doing so was indescribable and pushed her to work harder. She learned that there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way, who have the same fears and doubts.
She finished her 12 weeks with a 50 pound weight loss and realized that she didn’t want her story to end there. And so, The Half Ass Bad Ass was created. The title comes from a joke during her summer of self discovery and weight loss. She can be a real bad ass when she wants to, but she still has some pretty half ass moments. She’s not perfect- she can run for miles, but she can also whine like a 5 year old while holding a plank for a minute. She knows her best performance is on good, clean eating… but that doesn’t stop her from having ice cream for dinner sometimes. She’s as real as they come.
And this is the Kathleen we know today.
She’s lost over 60 pound. She is a runner, and has a wall full of race bibs and medals. She’s healthy, confident, and strong. She has a slight obsession with buying new workout clothes and loves anything neon. Last summer, the unimaginable happened… she became a TRIATHLETE. That’s right- the girl who couldn’t even run a mile without huffing and puffing swam, biked and ran… in one day. Total Bad Ass’ness. She went on to tackle half marathons and this coming winter she will train for her first 26.2… THE BOSTON MARATHON.
If there’s anything she’s learned over the last few years, it’s that fitness doesn’t have an end date. It’s also not something you wake up having- it’s something you have to work hard at every single day. There’s no “finish” button or “done” box to check off and therefore, she is ready to keep pushing herself towards new goals and challenges. This blog is the place for her to share her experiences, her downfalls, and her glory moments.
Enjoy the ride. 🙂