My guest Jaclyn Ricchio is a 3-time marathoner and a podcast host.
In the past few years, she has been making a lot of changes to her diet including how she views food.
Today we will go a few easy miles as she shares how going outside your comfort zone can reap big rewards.
The Tipping Point
It was only 4 short years ago that Jaclyn began running.
Though it was about 9 years ago that Jaclyn first noticed runners and the seed was planted.
The tipping point to begin running happened on Jaclyn’s 30th birthday.
She was unhappy with her job, about 25 pounds overweight, and didn’t have any hobbies.
Her running began as a way to lose excess weight but quickly morphed into much more.
Within her first year of running, she crossed the finish lines of races from the 5k up to a marathon.
Her mindset shifted when she began thinking of exercise as something she was doing for herself not to herself.
New runners often don’t know to do the little things to stay healthy and Jaclyn was no different.
While training for her first marathon she didn’t know the benefits to foam rolling, stretching, and cross training.
Experience has also taught Jaclyn to listen to her body.
Sometimes that may mean following a plan and other times it may mean running for fun without a goal.
As her running evolved so has her relationship with food.
Some red flags for unhealthy habits are:
- Avoiding social situations because you can’t control what food will be there.
- Doing double workouts to burn more calories.
- Viewing food as clean vs bad.
Creating new and healthy habits often don’t happen in a 30 day “plan.”
Actually, You Are A Real Runner
Never did Jaclyn expect to host a podcast, but it has become a way to lift others up and offer encouragement.
Often runners new to the sport and even ones with experience downplay ourselves.
We may experience imposter syndrome when we don’t consider ourself as a runner because of reasons we make up.
Jaclyn revels in the connections she makes with others and hearing each individual story.
Creating a community in unlikely places are part of what she loves about hosting a podcast.
Her Facebook group, New Runners Running to Lose Weight, is an extension of her podcast community.
The most important piece of advice Jaclyn has for someone wanting to make changes is that the past does not dictate your future.
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