Posted: May 6, 2013 9:27 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
Updated: May 7, 2013 9:12 AM
BILLINGS - Every day, Monday through Friday, Deb Holmes works as an Occupational Medicine Program Specialist at Billings Clinic. Then, she trades in that keyboard for running shoes.
But her after-work jog hasn't always been part of her daily routine.
"I've lost 192 pounds," Holmes beamed.
Holmes began her weight loss journey in December 2009 when her health hit an all time low. Her blood sugar was high and she even had an episode where she blacked out.
"I decided that I needed to do something with my health," Holmes explained.
Through diet and exercise, Holmes began to transform her life.
"It took me the first year until December 2010 to lose the first 100," said Holmes.
Then Holmes' teenage son was involved in a car accident and sustained a severe head injury. That next year Holmes' weight loss took a back seat as she focused her time and energy on her son's recovery. However, after telling her son over and over that he could do anything he set his mind to, that motivation started to rub off on her.
"I decided that if I'm going to talk the talk, I need to walk the walk," Holmes said. "And here I am today, starting over."
Of course shedding nearly 200 pounds hasn't been easy. Every single day she makes the decision to not fall back into her old ways.
"Do I have bad days? Yeah, I have bad days. Do I have days where I don't want to keep moving and keep doing this? Sometimes, because it's easier to hide," Holmes admitted. "But you just do and I feel better. I'm happier."
One element in Holmes' life that motivates her to keep moving is a bucket list.
"On my bucket list, I want to run a race," Holmes said with a smile. "I used to love to do the Women's Run. I haven't done it for probably 17 years and I decided that that was what my goal was going to be: to run the 2-mile. Run it and finish it and not walk it."
Holmes' weight loss journey is uniquely her own and it's still ongoing. As she continues to train and gear up for race day, she wants other women to understand one thing.
"I just want women to know that you can do it. Weight loss isn't something that is impossible," Holmes insisted. "If I can help one person change their life, that means the world to me."