Sunday, September 04, 2011
I can't believe it's been since April the last time I posted a blog entry. Well- no worries- I haven't fallen "off the wagon" or anything. I have just been busy with life. I have been feeling guilty for a while, because I haven't checked in for so long (not too guilty though, since it's been5 months) I've just been working my plan and living life in the real world. I had a busy summer, and I have a hard time talking myself into even turning on my computer most days. It steals time away from other activities:)
I participated in several 5Ks over the summer, and there are a couple yet this fall that I plan to get in on as well. I did my first Bix 7!! That was really awesome! I had decided that my plan would be to just finish, even if that meant that I would have to walk the entire thing, so I wouldn't run out of steam......but, I ended up jogging about 2-3 miles of the 7 total. I was really proud of myself for that. I am looking forward to it again next year. It was so fantastic to see all the entertainment along the route that spectators provide for each other and the runners.
My weight loss has kind of slowed recently, but I'm ok with that. I know it does that. I am in the home stretch though with less than 10 lbs to go for a BMI of 25, and I am really excited! I have lost 80 lbs in what has been just over a year, and I have hung in there for the long haul this time.
I see emails come into my inbox notifying me of a new WW from Home member from time to time, but I haven't taken the time to even say hello to anyone. I don't feel like I have been a very involved leader in that respect. I know there are other good groups for WW users though, and most people usually find them, so I don't let myself feel too badly about that.
My daughter wants me to put on my wedding dress, because she is sure it will fit me now. I think she is right, but we'll see if I want to go down that road. I should post a new picture, since it's been so long. We'll see how cooperative my dial-up is today and make an attempt at that. Meanwhile, I'm going to take a few minutes to try and catch up on some recent member blogs too. I'll be stopping by JUDITHROXANA'S page soon:) I just can't say how grateful I am to you for inspiring me to run!! It has really changed me:)
I'm hoping to have a little more time to catch up every now and then when I take my break at work. I'm starting to get caught up with all the new school year data entry, so I should be able to do that from time to time. Just know that I think about my SP friends frequently, and I am sending you good healthy and thin thoughts often!!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Do you ever look see another person as a great inspiration while at the same time, his or her progress overwhelms you and makes you feel like you couldn't possibly make those kinds of strides?
As someone who has tackled this journey of weight loss and a healthy, active lifestyle countless times in the past, I have definitely felt this way from time to time. The stories, pictures, pictures, and accomplishments of others in my immediate life, as well as those on Spark, have given me great inspiration. It's because of the example of fellow Spark friends that I started training myself to run, and now I have run in 3 road races to date and plan to continue to enter about one per month. I have discovered that I love this sense of accomplishment for myself. Being able to make a small contribution to a philanthropic cause also keeps my fire burning day to day. This is why I always choose running events that raise money for charitable causes. The Spark talks about a "criss-cross effect", and I am now starting to really recognize this phenomenon in my own life. Did the thought of getting to this point overwhelm me when I first started this journey? You bet it did!! I didn't let it discourage me though. I knew that in time, with small changes, I would eventually get there. I also learned to enjoy each small step of my journey.
Having over 100 pounds to lose, this could seem like an impossible task to tackle and stay positive about. It's easy to live off of that initial excitement as that scale starts to drop in the beginning, but as hard work continues to be done, the scale doesn't always cooperate, no matter how badly it's desired. How do we persevere through these setbacks??
One way to bounce back is to turn to those who inspire us, but as I mentioned before, sometimes this can be a double edged sword. The progress made by successful people can be both inspiring and intimidating. I think it's easy to forget that success is rarely an overnight accomplishment for anyone, and it never is when it concerns changing from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one.
When does the switch take place from being the one feeling overwhelmed to make change to being one of the successful players who inspire others? Does it happen when someone reaches his or her goal, or is it somewhere along the way?
Having lost 64 of my 108 total goal, I feel like I have started to cross out of the overwhelmed and intimidated stage, and perhaps into the realm of inspiring.
This has been a journey of many months(in the end will be longer than a year), and of course initially knowing that I needed to lose over 100 pounds to achieve a healthy weight seemed an incredibly daunting task. I also know that my journey ends not when I reach my goal weight. How did I get to this point? By believing in myself and by throwing out the notion that this is a diet. Cliche, I know, but oh so true. I also committed to only making small changes this time- allowing them to become permanent before moving on to another one. SMALL, MANAGEABLE CHANGES ARE KEY!!
Having gotten caught up in too much exercise- too soon in the past and experiencing burn out which resulted in quitting all together, I elected to just tackle healthy eating and portion control. I used the WW program to aid me in tracking my daily food intake, because it was easier for me to incorporate into my daily life in a permanent way, but if tracking in Spark works for you- keep doing it!!
Exercise was also painful for me, as it may be for others who have 100 pounds or more to lose, so it wasn't until I had lost about 20 pounds before I started adding regular exercise into my week. I started small- 20-30 minute walks twice a week.
After a couple months of that, I was inspired by another Sparker to begin a Couch to 5K training program. I had NEVER enjoyed running in my life, but something "sparked" in me. I decided I would try it- the plan was simple enough, and it eases you in at your own pace. I also went into it deciding that if I didn't like it, I would just keep walking. No harm done. As it turned out, I loved it in the beginning, and I still do. I don't stick to a tight training regimen anymore. I still train 3 times a week, but I listen to my body and I walk when I want, run for as long as I can, walk till I can run again, and repeat. I have lost consistently every week since I began this routine. I don't lose big, usually half to one and a half pounds per week, but that is the way we are supposed to do it.
I've just been plodding along in my routine of packing my lunch every day- getting plenty of raw fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean protein and occasional treats (in moderation). I run/walk 3 times a week, and squeeze in extra walks throughout the week as the opportunities arise, participate in charity road races without giving it much thought lately. . What??!! Does this mean I've made it to my "tipping point" without even realizing it? This is my life, and I love it. I'm not to goal yet, but, I believe in myself, and I will make it there, and I will stay there!
What I'm trying to say is this: Although it may seem daunting in the beginning, and the success of others may seem impossible to emulate, you can do it too if you remember that everyone gets there in baby steps.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Ran my third road race over the weekend. My time increased by about 1 min from the last 5K. This one had some small hills in the course, and the other one was level. It was also quite a bit warmer-72 degrees during the race. I am discovering that I definitely prefer cooler temps when I'm running. I walked more of this one than the last, but I'm still proud of myself. I don't have the next one entered yet- have to pick one out for May yet. I have June and July picked out yet...just not registered.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I'm so proud of myself. I ran almost all of the 5K I participated in on Sat, March 12! I improved my pace from the last race I ran in too!!
My kids were there, and it made me so happy that they were there to see me finish! My boyfriend has started running now too! I think he used to run...back in the day, and now he's thinking of starting up again. He asked me if I run really hard when I run...not yet I don't. I was never a runner before, so I am easing myself into this.
Monday, March 07, 2011
I had the best weekend with two of my girlfriends. We went on a shopping trip and found some really great resale shops in a city about two hours from home! Got myself some rewards! I (after 2 years of deliberating) treated myself to a Kindle, and so far I love it. This is my reward for reaching my half-way there goal (54 pounds down, 54 to go). I got new running shoes too.
Tomorrow is my Birthday, and I have taken a personal day to spend it with my boyfriend. I don't know what we are doing yet, but it will be great to spend the day with him. (He has comp time to take, and he is taking the day off too:-)
I am so happy with my accomplishments...and the fact that so far, I have been staying right on schedule with all my small weight loss goals too. I have such a fantastic support system- both online and in person. I am so blessed!
Thank you to all of you who cheer me on. You brighten my days and keep me focused.
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