Thursday, January 02, 2014
My fitness journey till now:
At the beginning of 2010, I weighed 356. My doctor put me on Metformin because my A1C was high, then I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. I actually lost 26 lbs without even trying - I think because of the new medication and changes in my digestive process after the gallbladder removal.
At that point, I decided to capitalize on the unexpected weight loss and see if a little effort could help me lose even more. On June 11, 2010, I joined SparkPeople to help me track my food and my exercise.
At the end of 2012, I was at my lowest weight - exercising regularly and eating right most of the time. At that point, a major work project started taking over my life and I started my online dating journey. Diet and exercise kinda fell by the wayside for many months - well into 2013.
In August, 2013, I got married AND began training for a marathon! Can we say setting myself up for failure?! As the days got shorter, the harder it was to fit in the hours of walking/running, plus I begrudged that time with my new hubby. I started falling off the exercise habit and the eating habits began to go downhill as well. Before I knew it, it was November and the holidays were looming.
Then another life event blindsided me - my dad went into the hospital with a heart attack and died just over a week later. My world kinda settled into survival mode. Taking time to worry about what I ate or to get some exercise completely fell off the priority list. Helping take care of my mom and trying to make some sort of holiday celebration happen for the rest of my family (including my new hubby) - those were the only focus.
So, here I am - starting all over again, but I am hopeful. Some lessons have been learned, I think, that will make me stronger.
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.
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