Athlete… Or Athletic Supporter?!?

Hello from a darkened hotel room, where I am hiding behind a pillow, so the world’s smallest warden doesn’t see the light while I am posting from my phone.


We are having a fabulous time at the beach, but more on that later. Today, I need your help!

My buddy (the motivator/coach/instigator) and I are having a disagreement. He keeps referring to me as a “beginner athlete.” I see myself as the chubby girl who has to workout in an effort to counteract the ice cream she just ate (btw it was handmade cookies and cream and it was awewwwesomeeeee).

So we agreed to take it to the blog and put it to a vote!

The terms I agreed to: list the progress I’ve made, the races I’ve completed, discuss making the choice to be active and detail my usual workout schedule.

The stuff he doesn’t know I’m adding: My list of reasons to deny, discredit, and further blow out of the water the athlete status! (Hey, this is my page, I can share my side! Besides it’s only fair to present you with all of the evidence. Right? Right!)

So here we go:

Since I was last at this beach (three years ago) I have:

Lost 70 pounds
Began to run
Ran an entire 5k race
Huffed and puffed but eventually completed an obstacle filled mud run
Raced in and completed 3 triathlons
Workout as close to everyday as I can (when I’m on track)
Have started training for an Olympic distance tri
Bought a road bike and real running shoes ($ commitment to exercise)
Completed and am currently leading a 21 day workout challenge.
I make the choice to be more active and schedule it as a part of my day.
I am SUPER crabby if I don’t get to workout.


(My bro cheering me on at my second tri!)

The cons:

I considered the fact that I only had one giant scoop of ice cream last night a healthy choice (as opposed to the two scoops from the night before.)
I gained 15 pounds back from the 70 I lost.
I sill have another 70 from here to hit goal!
I have to convince, threaten, coerce and straight up force myself to run.
Everything hurts when I run and I am incredibly slow (as in my speed is more like a rehab style jog for “advanced” athletes)
I am still surprised at my ability to run 2 miles.
I don’t know if I will ever hit my goals.
I sometimes feel like a phony, (what’s the chubby girl doing trying to race?!?)
Part of the reason I’m crabby if I don’t workout is because that’s my time, and it means my schedule has gone awry and I either blew it off or I just haven’t had 20 min to myself that day.




Tara is a stay at home mom to two sons. She is a lover of family, friends, food and laughter. Her life is a roller coaster ride full of hilarity, diapers, exercise and fun.

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8 Responses

  1. Grandmother says:

    Beautiful, gorgeous athlete. The most important thing you are doing is making yourself healthy for your boys. All three of them. They need you now and in the future. You go girl. Love you , The Mama

  2. Adrienne Cornthwaite says:

    Athlete all the way and an inspiration too!

  3. Ellen says:

    ATHLETE! Nothing else needs to be said…

  4. Natalie says:

    Athlete! We come in all shapes and sizes, but true athletes continue to push themselves and strive to better their performance. Which is what you do everyone you register for a new race or attempt a new without challenge. Keep rockin it girl!!!

  5. beeks says:

    You are an athlete! That word takes on many forms~ few look like Greek Gods, some have mental challenges, some have physical challenges, and some of us just look like “the lady next door” ~ ALL push themselves to achieve a goal and accomplish a dream!!!

    • Tara says:

      Love it Beeks! All of the replies I have gotten, both here and privately have shown such respect for everyone who works hard to make changes!

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