How a Michigan mom used running to drop 150 pounds

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Name: Britany Spangler
Age : 31
Occupation: stay-at-home mom
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

How long have you been running ?
I have been running only under a year.

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What prompted you to start ?
I had lost 75 pounds, but I still had another 75 pounds to lose. So I decided to try running with the Couch to 5K app.

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How often do you run ?
I operate every day in addition to completing one long run a week.

What is your routine ?
I wake up my four kids ages 5, 4, 3, and 2 and take my oldest son to school. Then I head to the gym, with my other three children in tow, to run.

Do you race? If so, how often and what kind of races ?
I kind of only jump-start into the racing world last autumn. For my first race, I completed a tough mudder. After that, I ran a half marathon, and then the very following weekend I completed my second half marathon. This time, I plan on doing at least two half marathons, as well as my first full marathon at the Chicago Marathon.

Do you engage in other sports or activities? If so, what and how often ?
I weight qualify five days a week and I also love obstacle course racing. I add them to my schedule whenever I can. My other activities include being a full-time mommy.

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Whats the most rewarding part of running for you ?
I suffer from depression, but when I run it completely clears my intellect. I am a better mommy, spouse, and pal, as a runner.

Please describe your weight loss excursion, including your before and after weights .
I had bariatric surgery in May of 2015, and at that time I was 299 pounds. My entire torso ached. After the surgery I lost 75 pounds but I did not start exercising right away. Once I began running, I lost another 75 pounds that I needed to lose. Currently, I am a steady 150 pounds. Nonetheless, while I do appear better , nothing compares to how fantastic I feel.

What is the secret to your weight loss success ?
While I think some people may believe the surgery was the be-all-end-all for me, I know its actually the lifestyle I have adopted. I make sure to eat pretty clean and I operate every day. I also think household involvement is hugeI have even get my son into running and hes 5 years old!

How do “youre staying” motivated ?
When I am in the middle of a long run and it seems horrible, all I have to do is remember the look upon my kids faces when they caught a glimpse of me at my first half marathon. I will never forget the look of dignity my 5-year-old had as he was reverberating his cow buzzer for me.

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What are your current short- and long-term purposes ?
I hope to complete a full marathon this year. I would also “ve been wanting to” do the Disney series. But my ultimate objectives is to do a 50 -mile race at some level.

Is there anything else youd like to tell us ?
I would like other mothers, who may want to start running, to know that it is hard juggling everything there is, but its so worth iteven on periods when it seems like schlepping your kids to the gym, leaving them with a sitter, or leaving at 4 a.m. before your spouse goes to work is selfish. In the end, your kids will benefit from having a healthy mom.

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