It all started for me with a four-mile run around Jennings Park one Saturday morning.  I had read an inspiring article about Tory and her athletic endeavors in our local paper and thought that we would have some philosophies in common.  So I used the contact information from the article to get in touch with her and she suggested that we go for a jog together.  I never aspired to be a runner.  I was interested in doing a Sprint Triathlon and unlike most who dread the swim component, my weakest link was the 3.2 mile run at the finish.  Five months later, Tory and I ran the Rock 'n Roll marathon together.  That is the beauty of Tory's program.  Little by little, you increase your mileage so that you are accomplishing distances that you never imagined possible.  And in her low-key yet enthusiastic manner she encourages you along, giving you all the tools you need to achieve your goals and then some.  You just have to buy some good sneakers, show up for the scheduled runs and accomplish training homework in between.  She plans months in advance with everything laid out for you to follow on her website.  I turned forty this past February and my family and I are fairly new to the area.  We have a small business which involves a lot of our family resources.  I am also primarily responsible for our 5-year old son who is very active.  Needless to say, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and out of sorts at times.  This program and all the new friendships have given me a renewed focus.  Although I have not lost a tremendous amount of weight,  I am much leaner and have more energy.  The side of my refrigerator is covered with race bibs from recent events in the Puget Sound region including that Sprint Triathlon I mentioned earlier.  Needless to say, after running a full 26.2 in Seattle last month,  that triathlon was a piece of cake, and so much sweeter! Erin Kate Lovell Marysville, Washington"

When I started my weight-loss journey, I knew I wanted to do things differently to make this a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix diet. I decided that regular exercise based around running was the way I wanted to go, but being someone who very rarely got any exercise I had no idea of how to go about it. Tory came to my rescue, guiding me thru a plan that has worked really well for me. With her help and some nutritional changes, I have lost 50 lbs, run three 5ks and am in training for my first half marathon in January, all in the span of about 6 months." Melissa, 32, TX

Tory is an enabler.  I met Tory mid-way through my weight loss journey and had hit a motivational slump.  I had completed a 5k and was initially gung-ho to tackle this half marathon training program that I found.  Within a few short weeks, however, I had readjusted my sites on 10k training instead.  I had perused Tory’s site a few times and saw that she offered group training for both 10k and half marathons.  I was struggling with my diet and needed a good ol’ fashioned kick in the pants mentally so decided to contact her and join up, hoping for an extra boost in motivation.  That alone is worth speaking to Tory!I talked to Tory about my training up to that point and she encouraged me to go with her half marathon plan. I was only off her training by a MILE, and well, what’s a mile when you’ve already run 7 of them?  I went out and did an easy five miler with her group and was hooked.  I loved chatting with the group and getting to know everyone.  The miles pass by quickly and it’s such a gradual increase that before you know it, you’re running distances you never even imagined were possible, for a couch to half marathoner anyway! Tory ran my first official half marathon with me down in Portland.  On the way, she pointed out places that the Portland Marathon runs though and I found myself getting excited and wanting to run it.  She had done a podcast about doing what scares you. And let me tell you, every number along the way has been scary in and of itself.  BUT I’ve completed 15.5 so far and was upright and smiling afterwards.  So, again, what’s a few extra miles? Tory said on our half marathon – "just treat this like a training run.  Portland’s 12 weeks away.  It’s doable."I’m all signed up and am confident that it will be an experience of a lifetime. Megan, WA
Update: Megan ran the Skagit Flats Marathon in 5:18 and a month later went on to run the Portland Marathon in 5:13!

Finally, this year, something "clicked". Maybe it was turning 40. Maybe it was all the reading I was doing about health-related issues. Maybe it was several people in my immediate family getting diagnosed with type II diabetes. In any case, I started exercising fairly regularly. I wasn't counting points, but I was eating better. I was reading this list, and other weight loss and health related books, articles and magazines. then I found what I had been looking for all along. I found an online personal trainer and weight loss coach. She set me up on an exercise plan. She reviews my food logs daily and gives me feedback daily. She gives me positive feedback all the time, but also makes gentle suggestions on how I can do better. I had been looking for one-on-one support and guidance and I finally found it. For me and my personality type (and my lack of real support at home), this was the KEY. I have lost a total of 34 pounds, 28 since I started with her in May. More importanly, I have stuck to journaling EVERY SINGLE DAY since I knew I had to send her my food logs. I have made exercise and healthier choices an integral part of my everyday life. For less than the cost of WW meeting, I am achieving my goals for a healthier life. I want to say I couldn't have done it without her...but I guess I probably could have, but she made it a whole lot easier for me!! Donna R, PA