Thursday, May 03, 2012
I have been unable to Spark consistently for some time, due to the demands of work. I have maintained my exercise habits (some days better than others), but my eating has not been the best. As a consequence, I gained back almost 30 of the pounds that I had lost. On the plus side, I completed my second half-marathon in March and have almost completed my duties as a group leader in the same women's running clinic that I attended as a participant last year - the clinic that got me started as a runner. I got interviewed by a reporter for our state-wide newspaper about my experiences with the running clinic and, just last week, I actually placed 5th in my age group in a 5K. (In the interest of full disclosure, it was a very small group of people in the race and there was approximately 15 minutes between my time and the time of the lady who placed first in my age group. That is not a normal spread between 1st and 5th place, but it felt really good to hear my name called and to go get that award, even though it will probably never happen again in my lifetime.)
So, just like life, my fitness journey has had its ups and downs lately. The really cool thing is, no matter how absent I have been from SP, y'all have still been there supporting me and checking in to see if I'm ok. That means so much to me and I just want to say "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" You ROCK!!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Lost 1.6 lbs total despite the scale going the wrong way on the last two weigh-ins. I have decided not to focus so much on the scale for a while. I will focus instead on steadily building my fitness level by running as often and as strongly as I can and by making sure that exercise is a part of every day, even if it's only 10 minutes. I will also get back into the ST habit that I have gotten out of while getting started as a runner.
Lately, I have been hearing the voice of Dorie (from "Finding Nemo") in my head while running. Instead of saying, "Just keep swimming!", she's saying "Just keep running!" I am starting to learn that a lot of the struggle with running is a mental struggle. Yes, my body does get tired and I get out of breath, but I just have to keep my head in the game. I CAN keep running if I can get past the idea that I can't. It's a slow run and I'll never win any races, but I CAN do it. There may be people walking faster than I can run, but I CAN keep running even if they leave me in the dust.
Whatever challenges you are facing in your journey to health and fitness, there is a way to meet your goals. You CAN do this thing and you CAN be the better, stronger person you are trying to be.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I'm still down from the beginning of the year, though, so WooHoo anyway!!
I had someone ask me an interesting question today while I was out running. We were talking about losing weight and they asked me how much more I was trying to lose. I told them I'd need to lose another 80 lbs to get down to normal BMI. Their response was to ask, "But how much more are you trying to lose?" Kinda made me stop and think - well, I didn't actually stop, but I did think! ;-)
I told them my goal is about another 40 lbs, but that I wouldn't be too upset with myself if I didn't make that. Then we got into a discussion about the fact that there are other numbers that are more important than the number on the scale - blood pressure, for example. I have been off my blood pressure meds for several months and, the last time I went to the doctor, my BP was 116/67. That's a good number!
Another good number is the number of miles I can run/walk now. I did 10 miles today, but I have done as high as 15 and lived to tell the tale (just barely!) I have done one half-marathon and I'm training for another. Those are some good numbers!
And then there are all the intangible, unquantifiable benefits of losing weight and getting healthier - being able to shop in any clothing store, having the energy to do something after I get home from a long day at work, being more confident in my abilities, actually thinking once in a while that the person in the mirror is lookin' fine!
Bottom line - the number on the scale is just a number. It doesn't define me or tell the whole story of my journey, so I will not be a slave to it.
Have a blessed day, y'all!
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