Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I wish that I could say that being healthy was a natural extension of everything I did in my life. My educational background and years of interest in the subject has provided me with knowledge, but that knowledge is pretty much useless when it is not applied.
So, I've been meaning to apply that knowledge (along with maintaining an intention to gain additional knowledge) for a few years. (I mentioned that I quit exercising (and I ate too well) while I was living in Alaska). I've mentioned that I felt a little hypocritical as I had been teaching people about healthy lifestyles, but not applying those standards to myself.
I started exercising again in February. Fortunately, I was able to regain some of what I had done in the past without dying. I quickly lost 10 pounds, and then quickly plateaued for a month or two. I discovered that I wouldn't be able to live on my past achievements - that I would need to make a stronger effort to learn and do (because I've reached that decade called the "40s" that tends to mysteriously undo everything you did in your "20s").
During the months of April and now May, I have been reading and learning...and doing. This week I lost another pound and things are starting to move again. Persistence pays off, at least that's what I'm planning on. I may even reach my weight loss goal before October - and that's just a secondary goal (because I don't want to make weight the main issue, but that's a subject for another blog entry). I don't know if I'll be able to run an ultramarathon by the fall, but I'm going to try. I'm expecting to be able to run 25K. So, we'll see you at the races (figuratively of course - because there aren't very many "literal" races in Eastern Utah - I'll just be racing myself).