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Published September 11, 2010, 11:51 AM

The finish line

The streetlights cut into the twilight and illuminated the runners lined up on the Lakewalk. “On your mark, get set, RUN!” And so, Robin McKay began her first 5K race at the stroke of midnight.

By: by Rebecca Osterlund, Living North

The streetlights cut into the twilight and illuminated the runners lined up on the Lakewalk. “On your mark, get set, RUN!” And so, Robin McKay began her first 5K race at the stroke of midnight.

She loved every painstaking minute of it. “At about 10:30 I was thinking,

‘What the hell was I thinking?’,” laughs McKay. “But when I finished, it was so empowering.”

McKay and her friend, Holly Izzard, completed the run together. Though

McKay stopped at the top of some particularly difficult hills for 10 second

walking breaks, the two friends crossed the finish line together.

The completed 5k marks yet another milestone for McKay, 43, of South Range.

The now petite McKay lost an astonishing 80 pounds with the help of a weight loss program at Jenny Craig.

Months after attaining her weight loss goal, McKay keeps going strong. “I

just passed my four month mark on maintenance now and it’s actually pretty

easy,” remarks McKay who quickly goes on to add, “as long as I’m staying with my fitness plan and eating reasonably.”

Her fitness plan includes a rotation of cardio and toning. Her family, including her two toy poodles, help keep her on track. “If there are nights that I don’t feel like going for a walk, I look at the

dog who does need a walk and that motivates me to go out there,” says McKay.

So what’s next on the docket for McKay? She plans to continue to maintain

her current weight and tone some of her muscles. She’s also considering returning to the program that helped her lose the unwanted pounds in the first place. “I’m toying with the idea of going to Jenny for another ten pounds,” McKay mentions. “I can maintain on my own but I can’t seem to lose any more on my own.”

McKay plans to go on a cruise with her husband within the year and wants to look her absolute best. But she doesn’t want to become too focused on her weight that she can’t enjoy the little things. Says McKay, “I don’t want to get to the point where it’s hard to maintain. I just don’t want to get so thin that I can’t easily maintain it and still live a normal life - because I want to be able to eat everything in moderation.”

Currently, McKay’s eating habits include eating far more fruits and vegetables than she used to consume. She also holds to the philosophy of dividing her dinner plate into sections: half for vegetables, a quarter for protein, and the other quarter for starch.

Because of the months it’s taken her to lose all the weight, McKay has enjoyed a new discipline in other aspects of her life. Not only did she complete her first 5k, she plans to run another this fall. Her weight loss also gave her the courage to leave her old job and find a new one - where she’s still extremely happy.

McKay sees herself in a new light. “There’s a saying I like to follow,” says McKay. “If you treated yourself like you treated your best friend, you’d be a much happier person.”

Stay tuned for more on Robin McKay’s weight loss story in the November-December issue

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