Thursday, February 21, 2013
Well, I'm still listening to my body and it is telling me that it is cold!! Colder than it has ever been!!
I have been trying to get myself out jogging again to get back into shape for a 10km race in May and then for a half marathon in October. But, something is not working. I get out, jog, and then the next day have the sniffles. Then, the next day it gets worse and then I'm sick. So, my training pattern is: jog for thirty minutes, spend five days recovering, repeat!!
It's not working!!
And I'm in despair. I love jogging, I want to be out there running, but this Winter it's not working. I seem to be less healthy than I was a year ago - or it has just got colder. I have better winter training gear than last year, so it's not the way I'm dressing.
Next week I'm going to add smoothies to my lunch. See if the fruit and pro-biotic yoghurt will help my immune system - because it clearly needs help!
(Weird. Who would ever have thought I would be thinking about my food choices in terms of what is best for my immune system as opposed to what will make me feel better?)
Of course it all leads to a deeper kind of sadness. Feeling healthy has become so very important to me, and this feeling of sluggishness is starting to get me down. DH has reached a total point of desperation that he is suggesting we move to a sunnier country!! I'm hoping for a simpler solution.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
It has been a very relaxing and easy holiday this year. DH and I have been working on being more accepting with each other and with events in our lives and the result has been a holiday where we have found ourselves doing very little, but loving every minute of it. We slept a lot. At first this was unnerving, but, seeing as our mantra was acceptance, we just went with it. We found ourselves thinking more carefully about what we actually wanted to do, so when we did go out it was always a pleasure - be it an easy walk, a visit to the cinema, or a trip to a restaurant. It has been an exercise in paying attention.
This got me thinking about exercise.
So often I want to push ahead with exercise because I have goals to meet, but sometimes our body starts getting sore - sore foot, IT band, aching back. I'm learning that rather than look at these things as something stopping me reaching my goals, that they are waking me up to consider something about my training plan. It seems to me that exercise is a constant learning process. I may think I understand my body and I'm doing everything right only to go an injure myself when I move to a new level of intensity. I think injuries are the only way our body can get us to pay attention to it. I'm also beginning to wonder if learning to pay attention is another part of maintaining my goal weight.
I got overweight because I didn't listen to my body telling me it was full. I enjoyed the feeling of eating too much to want to listen to what my body was telling me. Now I find myself sometimes enjoying my run too much to listen to that muscle that's beginning to twinge just a little bit too much and slow down and start walking. There's a similarity there. It's me thinking more about the feelings and the goals as opposed to thinking about what I really need.
So, paying attention. That's going to be my focus this year.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I decided I needed to lose weight two days before this photo:
Every time I look at this photo I remember how awful I was feeling about myself. My desire to change was extremely strong - strong enough to join spark people!!
My first goal was to fit into my wedding dress again:
That was achieved about two months after I started sparkpeople. The dress looks better on me in that photo than it ever did on my wedding day!
Then I hit my goal weight just before Christmas:
And then became a serious runner (still surprises both me and my family!)
I have gone on to lose more weight and I think my body and my mind has finally settled at 54kg (119lbs):
I know there are those who feel maintenance begins when you stop losing weight, but I definitely went through a transition period, where I was figuring out just how many calories I needed to eat to maintain my weight and also, the more emotional acceptance that I had reached my goal and it was okay to eat more food. I did suffer with the worry that I would end up gaining all the weight I had lost back again. I'm feeling much more confident now about my ability to stick with it!! I feel that it is important for me to acknowledge achieving my initial goal weight because that had been my dream weight for my entire adult life. The fact that I have surpassed that, is simply the cherry on top!!
All I did was track my calories and exercise - every day! The trick is consistency with those two things. Using the options such as blogging, spark teams, and spark articles adds the external motivation when things are hard.
Now, I know statistically, I have a while to go before I can feel totally secure in my weight loss, which is why I'm still on sparkpeople. The need for support doubles after maintenance because 'living skinny' was definitely a mental adjustment for me (still is, sometimes!). But, the joy at reaching my goal is indescribable!! I'm very glad I made the change a year ago, and extremely grateful to be where I am now.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
I've been unable to jog for about a month now. A year ago, this would have been the signal for me to completely give up on the habit, but I've now learned that a setback doesn't mean the end. It just means a brief pause before starting again, and doing a bit more yoga in the meantime!!
It's the same with food. Eating too much chocolate on Friday (yes, I did that) doesn't mean I have to eat too much chocolate on Saturday and Sunday too. It was a little setback, not the end of the road. That happens once in a while, and it's okay.
In a way, maintenance is learning that being healthy does not mean being perfect. It is just learning to accept the bumps in the road and to keep going in spite of them.
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