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Friday, May 01, 2009

So, it's almost summer and I have a closet full of clothes that don't fit. I bought them all at my goal weight, which I reached two summers ago thanks to Sparkpeople. Last summer, I could kind of squeeze into some of them (and ripped the crotch out of one pair of capris trying)...but this year, there's no chance unless I drop some weight.

Since reaching my goal weight in August 2007, the numbers have steadily crept up. No real reason other than I was no longer in control of my eating, and I wasn't making exercise a priority. I tried to get back with the program by training for a marathon, beginning last August...the marathon was in November, and I completed it but didn't do well. Why? Well...part of the problem was with nutrition (or lack thereof). The other problem was related to my running shoes - it was just downright painful, shin splints, blistered bunions, cramps, ankle trouble. I had used the same style of shoes for over a year (replacing them every 500 miles or so) and I don't know what changed. I hurt for weeks after the race, and I felt bad that I hadn't done better after all my training, so I quit running.

For a while, I had other things to keep me busy. I had a wedding to plan, and we moved to Northern California due to a work transfer. But over time, I missed running, I missed being able to fit into my clothes, I missed having control over what I ate, and I missed my positive self-image. I was married in March, and I didn't want to be one of those wives that gained a bunch of weight and stopped taking pride in their appearance once they had a ring on their finger :) So, with the support of my new husband, I went to a running store and was professionally fitted for new shoes, and I've been unstoppable since. For me, running and a good diet almost go hand-in-hand, because once I start running I don't want to eat poorly and negate my efforts, and I run better when I eat healthy. For me, the benefits of running don't end there. I sleep better, I perform better at work, and I'm not as cranky because I use my running time as "me" time to work out solutions to issues I'm facing.

Bottom line - since I bought my new running shoes two weeks ago, I've run nearly 25 miles, I've stayed within my Sparkpeple calorie range, and I've lost 4 pounds. Best of all - my feet don't hurt! I won't make any grandiose statements that this time I'll stick with it after reaching maintenance, because I've got 20 pounds to go until I get there, but at least I'm back on track, and with any luck I'll be able to rock a bikini on my honeymoon in July!
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