Monday, February 4, 2013

Grams Made It - 5K

If you've ever clicked on Grams Weight Loss above, then you know my story. If you haven't, you should go read it. In a nutshell, I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and lost around 125 pounds. Although I've never lost all my excess weight, I've been successful in keeping off the weight that I did lose. This has required a drastic change in lifestyle, not the least of which is exercising.

The exercise has been a continuing challenge. At first it was hard just because my body hurt. My knees had been abused by carrying around all that excess weight and they were not happy about my new penchant for using them for exercise. But my knees and I persevered.

Grandad was very supportive and he needed to lose a few pounds too, so we started a walking regimen. We were up to walking two to three miles at least three times a week when we were sidelined by Grandad's heart problems. You can read more about that here and here.  After his many procedures, we tried several times to start walking again, but he just could not recover enough to get back to it. For a long time he couldn't handle walking one block. I didn't get back to walking on my own, for many reasons. In addition to multiple trips every week to one doctor or another, I was juggling every single thing that needed to be done around the house ... every ... single ... thing. I simply did not have the energy or fortitude to exercise.

Then, a couple of months ago, a friend posted on Facebook that she was going to do the Color Me Rad 5K in Corpus Christi and invited me to join her. At first I kind of laughed. She is a runner and I am most definitely not. I thought about it for a few days, then I sent the Color Me Rad people an email and asked if they welcome walkers as well as runners. I got a prompt response that walkers were indeed welcome. I started to talk about it with some friends and family and we decided to do it.

Katy signed us up as Team Better Halves. If you are not familiar with Color Me Rad, here's what their web site says about it:
Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you'll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side.

Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.

 Here are our before and after photos.

Mary Lou (my next-door neighbor), Grams, Princess E, & Katy
Saturday was the most gloriously beautiful day you can imagine. We could not have asked for better weather or a more beautiful place to walk. We walked from Whataburger Field through Heritage Park and then down Shoreline Drive to the Lawrence Street T-Head and back.

Photo in extreme lower left is us crossing the finish line. Bottom right is the post-race celebration.
I must say, we had a blast. I never knew that runners (and walkers) were so much fun. We started at the back of the final wave and finished very near the end. I can walk 5K, but I'm not fast.

Here are a few more photos to show you what I mean when I say people were having fun.

I believe they said that the young lady in the wedding dress was celebrating her divorce. There were several people who actually got down in the street and rolled around in the color. The woman in the pink shorts was celebrating her birthday. And, yes, that is a man wearing a tutu. There were several.

It was a great experience. I especially enjoyed sharing it with Princess E and Katy. Princess E and I did our first 5K together on the same day. I hope it's only the beginning of a healthy lifestyle for both of us.


  1. Gah! Look at you ladies!! I'm so proud of you! I *watched* when my oldest and youngest did the Color Run last fall, as I wasn't as brave as you. Very cool! And what a fun thing to have done with three generations. Again, I'm proud of you!

    Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social! You're an inspiration!

  2. You know I had never read you entire weight loss story and I am glad I did. It is inspirational and I am so thrilled for you that you don't have all that extra weight to carry around anymore - you have 2 cute Princesses to carry instead and I bet you enjoy them a lot more than you would have at your old weight!

    And Congrats on your first 5K -- and 3 generations! Awesome job!

  3. What fun! So happy you had that experience! Love all the pictures with that color everywhere! Congratulations!

  4. What a great way to lose weight! AND congratulations!!! Also, I really enjoyed Elvira Elf! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy WW!

  5. Congratulations on your weight lose. And what a great way to lose it! I liked your Elvira Elf blog, too. Thanks for stopping by mine. Happy WW! Loy

  6. What a fun and healthy thing to participate in! I hope you cna find a friend or neighbor to walk with so you cna get back into a walking routine. I used to walk every moring with a good friend and our gabbing away made the miles go by in a snap. Now that I moved I'm looking for a new walking friend--wish we lived close!

  7. Loved seeing these photos of a great time, Vicki! Your pink streaked hair is awesome! A new fashion statement for a grandma!

  8. That looks like a fun, colorful race! The best part of a race is sharing the time with family and friends! Good job!