Last year, I had 6 months to train for the Walt Disney World Goofy Races. Knowing that I would have to run 39.3 miles in 2 days pushed me to run 6 days a week. I felt fantastic and was incredibly confident. Having that big goal in my future made me work hard.
I told myself that I was going to train for the next marathon season in August. I have been running on and off, but not the distances that I was earlier in the year. Between homeschooling our son, doing charity work, getting back into my art, and life in general...I haven't been doing much serious training. In the back of my mind, I knew that I had to deal with a nagging problem first.
Two weeks ago, I went running and realized that my right knee & hip were hurting. As I am now 40yo, that is to be expected. Although I have bursitis in both of my hips, the reason for my pain twinges is simple. I am 30lbs. overweight. Sure, I can run a marathon, but I am putting that much extra strain on my joints and bones. I NEED to lose this weight.
So, I pulled out all of my Weight Watchers paperwork that I have gotten over the last 20yrs. I used to work for WW when my husband and I got married almost 20yrs. ago. I originally lost 70lbs on the program. I know it works. I had quite a bit of literature to look through. I then had a serious inner discussion with myself. Which is more important: (1) Training for my next marathon/halves and hurting my body with each step due to these extra pounds or (2) Take off the weight and train for the next set of races in the summer of 2010?
Back to having something in your sites. As I said, my husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in March 2010. That day is a little over 5.5 months away. THAT IS MY GOAL. How wonderful would it be to slip into a sexy "little black dress" for our anniversary? How proud would my husband be of me on our anniversary when I have taken off this weight? I know he loves me for who I am on the inside. I know this because when we met, I was 18yr old and 210lbs. He loved me then. I just need to work on loving me now.
So, I dusted off my Weight Watchers literature. I put new batteries in my Points calculator. I dug out my motivational water bottle. I am giving myself 5.5 months to lose 30lbs. I CAN DO THIS!
As I saw a 94yo man run my last 10k, I know that races can be run in the future. My health needs to take priority first. That doesn't mean that I can't go running from time to time. I just need to focus on healthy eating habits, consistent exercise & strength training (my least favorite thing), consuming enough water, and stressing less.
Losing these 30lbs will be my anniversary gift to both my husband and myself.
This is my 2nd day of eating right, drinking water, exercising, and stressing less. I CAN DO THIS!