Introducing Justin Ayer

Hey gang!!! OK I have to introduce my boo bear, work best bud and my favorite kiddo Justin Ayer! I asked Justin to spend his Friday's with us because with me, we are in the weight loss game. Look, I hate losing weight and I hate talking about it. BUT it makes it easier to go through it with someone so I am so excited that Justin is doing it with me. Here's a taste of what we are like at work. Our co-workers know us as "From Justin to Kelly" and that is what these posts will be called every Friday. Alright Justin, take it away.

"Hello Runners and selfie takers of the internet. My name is Justin Ayer and I am Kelly’s partner in crime at work. We get into shenanigans and fight like siblings but we also have a great time with each other. Kelly is the therapist I don’t have to pay when I need a sounding board for my dating and career thoughts, complaints, hopes and dreams because she has been completely truthful (sometimes a little TOOOOOOOO truthful) and brutally honest. She’s the person I turn to when I need someone to tell me what I’m too afraid to admit (and vice versa) because she’s abrasive, she’s a ball buster and she serves her honesty with a side of hilarity. And that’s why I love her.

My Valentines day party date.

My Valentines day party date.

 I’m an actor but I haven’t felt much like an actor lately and Kelly gave me the hard truth, I’m not trying. I have all these excuses yet I’m not doing anything about it. Then I realized, almost all my troubles, insecurities and complaints are connected with my weight and with how I see my body. Last summer I was in a show and I hurt my back (herniated disc/pinched nerve) and I let it take over my life. I didn’t exercise, I ate poorly and I gained weight. (Which is SO great for a lower back injury #sarcasm.) I’m the biggest I’ve ever been and yet all I do is complain about it. I’d also talk about all the things I was going to do to better myself. “I’m going to lose weight! I’m going to exercise! I’m going to be happy about my body!” Big talk. I’m good at talking, but talking isn’t going to help me lose weight.

Here we are at the company holiday party...Very professional...

Here we are at the company holiday party...Very professional...

 Yesterday Kelly told me what she was going to change her eating habits and lose weight in preparation for her marathon she asked me (ok told me) to do it with her. So yesterday I took my first proactive step towards a happier and healthier me. Another friend of mine gave me a very strict 2 week meal plan and told me it was going to be hard but it was worth it. I now have people who will keep me accountable in my social life and at work. (Which I will admit, Kelly and I enable each other. Kelly has quite the gummy bear habit and she loves sharing…)

 I know they’ll be encouraging but I also know they will give me the tough love I need to reach my goals. My plan is to have a really strict diet and exercise routine for two weeks and then continue to introduce healthy foods and exercises into my diet to enforce and maintain the change.  I’ll be honest, I love instant results. But I think if I stick to this strict diet change for two weeks and begin exercising regularly I’ll start seeing the results I crave. Kelly has me taking two walks a day (a morning and afternoon walk for 30 minutes) and I am doing the 100 Push-up challenge, the ab challenge, and I am logging everything I eat. I know I will see a difference fast and I think that will give me the drive to keep going. I want results because I want proof that I can do it.

It’s not going to be easy but I’m excited to make the change. I’ve lost weight before but it was effortless because I was dancing and exercising in college every day. Now I have two jobs! (Welcome to New York, city of dreams and the 12 hour workday.) I work a lot! It’s going to be difficult task to find time to exercise. But you know what, like Kelly said in her post yesterday “Goal Weights”, if you want results you HAVE to make the time. Life is hard. Life isn’t going to just hand me anything. I have to WORK (and werk) for it. I have a bad back, boo hoo. You know what will help that back? A healthier weight.

I’m doing this. I’m making a lifestyle change. And I’m going to share it with you. I can’t wait to see the results and share them with you. So every Friday Kelly asked me to check in and share my successes and my struggles. She is going to hold me accountable and help me become the foxiest and healthiest me possible because that’s what Kelly does. She’s scary motivational and I’m grateful for it. Happy is a choice and healthy is too. I am choosing both. So let’s do this, one day at a time. Thank you for letting me share my story, I’ll check in again next Friday and tell you how it’s going!"

We wear glasses!

We wear glasses!

There it is! Losing weight is really hard but it's easier when you have people making changes with you. (Like just now there's a platter of delicious bagels floating around that Justin and I ran away from. They looked so delicious...STAY STRONG!!!) Losing weight doesn't have to be a constant battle. It's a matter of making a change and just saying "Yes." My advice, don't tell anyone you're doing it. Just do it. If someone asks if you want to go for Ice Cream just say no thanks, not in the mood. If someone asks why you are ordering a salad instead of a burger, just say you felt like a salad. This way you won't feel unwarranted pressure or judgmental eyes if you decide you deserve a cupcake or mashed potatoes. Live your life normally and say yes. AND REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE YOURSELF. Give yourself a pat on the back every now and then.

Alright, MONDAY I PROMISE THERE WILL BE A SELFIE ROUNDUP! I have them! They are in Monday's post ready to go! And I will include all your fantastic race photos this weekend. Any first time runners? Anyone doing a color run?!? I wish I were running the Color Run in Queens tomorrow but I'm going to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (I know it's fancy because I can't pronounce it.) I'M DYING TO DO A COLOR RUN! And GO IRENE who is running the Rock n Roll San Diego marathon this weekend! Happy racing everyone! Send me your photos! Email me at RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com or remember to use the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat.

Until tomorrow (I mean come on, I have to post some Polo pictures. I mean me at a polo match? It's gonna be like a bull in a china store. Danger...) #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.