Thursday, January 25, 2007
Well, today was exceptionally cold and I told myself I was only going to walk for 30 minutes because of the temperature. However, once I got out there I started running and ran for 35 minutes and than walked an additional 25 minutes! It was very cold by the time I was done, in fact I had my face covered with my underarmour hood, but I'm really glad I did it! As I was out there running it dawned on me why I feel so good about my new lifestyle and feel confident I won't regain the weight. Even though I know that 95% of people who lose 50 or more pounds regain it within 2 years, I think I'm in the other 5%. Every other time I always viewed it as a diet and there was an "end" in sight. As in when I get to my goal weight...and guess what, I never got to that goal. I always was satisfied to get close and then of course I went back to my old habits, little by little of course, but indeed I did regain the weight plus more over 2-3 years. But now, I'm comfortable with my lifestyle, I love my new energy and exercise that I'm doing, I like the food I'm eating and I don't miss anything that I've removed from my diet. I actually taste the flavor of food now, instead of the fats or sugars that were added. So, I think I've finally found my answer and I look forward to reaching my goal weight, not to go off anything, but to feel the sense of accomplishment of finally doing it, and knowing how much healthier I will be.