Hello! I’m Jennifer Kent and live in Pittsburgh’s Northside with my husband, three cats (plus the ferals I care for outside), and retired racing greyhound. I work at a federally funded research and development center. I have a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in professional writing and for more than 16 years did marketing communications, professional writing, and technical writing, but I’ve recently started a new career in project management.
I was heavy for most of my life and would lose weight then gain it right back. In 2010, I adopted a plant-based diet for ethical reasons after being vegetarian since 2004. Also in 2010 I joined Weight Watchers, which I’d had success with previously. By January of 2011, I’d lost 35 pounds and dropped four-five pants sizes (depending on brand). I credit a vegan diet, Weight Watchers (I’m a lifetime member), and strength training for helping me reach and maintain my goal weight. Last year I posted about my 4th weight loss anniversary and included before and after photos.
I’ve never been able to run. In grade school, I was one of the few kids who could not run a mile for the presidential fitness test we had to do every year. It’s an awful feeling to not be able to do something that all the other kids could do. Every time I had to run in gym, I was extremely anxious and dreaded it. When another running attempt about 16 years ago ended in tears, I assumed that I just couldn’t run.
When I worked with a personal trainer to plan what types of fitness I should do to maintain my weight loss, he suggested trying activities I thought I couldn’t do or I thought I didn’t like. For me, that was running and yoga. I tried them and have been doing them both ever since!
I always used to introduce myself as being a slow runner, but recently I’ve learned the importance of positive thinking. If I say I’ll never be fast, I won’t be. The fact is that I’ve improved a lot since fall 2013, when I started to get serious about running. I want to keep improving while at the same time being proud of my successes and recognizing that I’m on my own journey and shouldn’t compare myself to others.
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