Dreaming of Cake

Pamela wanted to lose weight – 100 pounds to be exact. See how she got started, shed the weight and continues to motivate others by blogging at Will Run For Cake, in our latest Dream Big.

Pamela Svec Punt

City / State
Shakopee, MN

What was your big dream?
To lose 100 lbs and wear “normal size pants” that I could buy in a store instead of online, while still eating cake and other assorted pastries, of course.

How did you accomplish it?
It took me one year to lose 100 lbs. I just started walking, eating more vegetables and less sugary snacks. Then four months later I started doing the elliptical trainer instead of walking. Then five months after that I started running instead the elliptical. Then a few weeks later I signed up for a triathlon with five months to train – and that was that! Since the summer of 2006, I have finished fifteen triathlons and several other running and duathlon races. I even got third place in my age group/category in the Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Triathlon in 2008 & 2009!

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
I was at home on maternity leave with my daughter in the spring months – February through April. Intellectually, I had known for a long time I need to do SOMETHING! All of the ads on TV were for weight loss clinics and programs and all of the talk shows had “lose weight & exercise” topics on constantly. I was inspired and decided that I could do it myself!

What motivated you to keep going?
As the weight started to come off, people noticed. I fed off of the positive feedback and support of my friends and family. During the tough times, I would reflect on their words, how great I felt, and what I had already accomplished (no matter how small – the little victories!). My kids are a huge motivation as well; I want to be able to keep up with them and be around for them for many years to come.

What’s your next Big Dream?
To write a book about running and eating cake, in the works! I will share my funny stories, my mind games that kept me on track, and other little tips and tricks to having a balanced life. I want to help other people find the inspiration and motivation within themselves.

Who is your hero?
I have many heroes. I do not know any of their names. I will probably never see them again. They are the men and women who get out on the race course at a triathlon and give it their all. They come in all shapes and sizes, all ages, all ethnicities. They inspire me at every race I participate in. Triathlon is an amazing community of people who support and encourage one another. And, we are all kind of crazy, so we share that, too!

What do you wish you did better?
I have a really tough time with body image, still. I have been the “big girl” my whole life. I was always mistaken as the oldest child in my family even though I am the third of four. I have been 5’ 8” – my adult height – since I was twelve years old, so I towered over my classmates for years until they all caught up. And not a skinny adolescent towering-over – I was, and am, a solid girl. You would think that at age 37 as a self-proclaimed amateur triathlete I could embrace my body for what it is. But I cannot, I still agonize over clothing sizes & fit, read all the magazines, look at all the celebrity photos and work really hard on making my “looks” the best they can be. It is a daily work in progress, to love my body and let go of the insecurity.

What book is on your night stand?
“Eat, Pray, Love” By Elizabeth Gilbert & “Grown Up Digital” by Don Tapscott

What is your favorite lipstick?
Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

What is your favorite quote?
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw

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