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Finally...... a loss.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I have been stalled out in my weight loss for around 8 months. Finally, I have a loss of 2 lbs. I guess with all of the running, I have been at a balance but not losing. I found it pretty tough to create a deficit and keep my energy levels up. That may not be true for all but it is for me. i am planning to take the next 2 months off approximately and just focus on walking, strength training and other forms of cardio to allow myself to heal up and lose the weight.

I need to lose around another 30-40 lbs not only for health but for safety. running a half is a challenge but everything changes when you go to 26.2 just like things really got intense when I went form doing 10K's to a half marathon. The last thing I want is to get hurt and this IT issue and other things have been a wake up call.

If I have to drop my spring marathon then so be it. he who turns and runs away lives to fight another day. It is not that I wish to and if I reach my goals, it is a green light..BUT... I am not stupid nor ego driven.

i want to be the 75 yr old marathoner not the 75 yr old that fondly remembers doing those things.

It is not losing 40 lbs, it is losing 1 lb 40 times. keep it small and stay focused.

You guys are really my community and you have no idea how much you help me by just being you.
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    I've just recently found your blog, and you are so encouraging to me. Thanks.
    2010 days ago
  • v KEAMOM1510
    I can completely relate to this! I've been running and running and running lately and the weight loss has been gradually getting slower and slower. I keep asking myself how this is possible given all the calorie burning I'm doing but....such is life, I guess.

    Good luck with your training!
    2044 days ago
  • v LCORTEZ7
    Hey General just wanted to congratulate you on being a looser. Your journey has been inspiring and when I feel defeated all I have to do is read your page, blog, etc. Thank you for taking this journey with all of us. I must say I have loved 2 of your quotes and will use them to motivate me along the way.... I find myself when I run. and "It is not losing 40 lbs, it is losing 1 lb 40 times. keep it small and stay focused. " emoticon emoticon
    2055 days ago
    Congrats on the loss bro! You are tackling this head on and being smart about it! Woohoo!!!! Here is to running forever!
    2055 days ago
  • v CONNORS83
    Way to go on the weight loss, and planning everything out.

    "It is not losing 40 lbs, it is losing 1 lb 40 times. keep it small and stay focused. "

    This has to be the best thing I've heard in a while. Think I'm going to remind myself of that on this journey.

    2056 days ago
    Sounds like the ideal plan. Good 4 u for thinking it through. I have been thinking a lot about weight but for different reasons than normal :)

    Like you I was thinking (and read somewhere) a comment about running a marathon with an extra 10lb (or whatever) strapped on. It is thought provoking.

    emoticon I just gotta start. Sounds like it was the right thing for you. Great JOB!.
    2056 days ago
  • v KT-NICHOLS-13
    Simply brilliant, "It is not losing 40 lbs, it is losing 1 lb 40 times. keep it small and stay focused."

    2057 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on the loss!!! emoticon

    Wise planning too. Let your body heal properly so that it will serve you well for many, many years to come. I am just beginning to learn that this health and fitness thing progresses slowly - so enjoy the journey and take time to stop and smell the roses!
    2057 days ago
    Way to go, Robert!!! emoticon
    2057 days ago
    Congrats on the loss Robert. I am so happy to see this post, I was beginning to worry you were pushing yourself too hard too fast. Nice to hear your voice of reason. emoticon
    2057 days ago
  • v CARROT143
    WOO HOO. Loss is good and your positive lessons learned even better! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2057 days ago
    So happy for your loss! I love how you have stepped back and re-evaluated what's important. You are so right! It will happen and you will be running for years to come!
    Keep up the great work, focus and determination.
    2057 days ago
    Very good idea for a number of reasons. I continue to wish you all the best. You are determined, yet, responsible, so I know you can do it.

    I've had a similar experience this week while being sick. With my increased distance, I've increased my calorie intake, but my weight hit a plateau. This week, after being sick and taking a few days off, I dropped 2 pounds without really cutting back on my food.

    Sometimes your body needs a break and a change in routine and that's what it's getting and it definitely approves!
    2057 days ago
    Congrats on the loss! And good for you, listening wisely to your body.
    Well done!
    2057 days ago
    see it is all those workouts with your daughter that is doing it.keep up the good work you have you head screwed on in the right direction as we can do this emoticon
    2057 days ago
    Great work! How wonderful to see that positive movement in the scale.

    I love that you are so tuned into your body, this is very important. I am just getting it - this running thing was hard for me to accept that I cannot just go out and run 13.1 miles comfortably - so I ran my 10K today instead of a half and will work slowly but steadily toward that goal. Meanwhile will listen to my muscles and bones, get more rest and be more consistent than I was the last few months.

    You continue to inspire! Keep it up - thanks for motivating me again.

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    2057 days ago
    You said it right when you said 40 pounds 1 pound at a time. Congrats on your ongoing journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2057 days ago
    First of all, CONGRATS!!! on getting that number to go down!
    It feels great, doesn't it!!!
    Yes, safety!!!
    I weighed 128kg at the begining. That's some 282pounds. So I walked. For 6 months I didn't even think about running! Only when I got some 45kg/100pounds off, I started running one day, out of the blue, really. I felt confidant that I can, and after some thought I deceided to just keep running from now on. (then my cal range went up and that threw me off for a couple of weeks and I ate and ate...and ate. and had stopped losing weight and got nervous)
    I have always had weak calfs, so I did strenght for it and it paid off.
    I am super carefull not to get hurt but I know what you're saying when you say the injury was an eye opener. I thought about just going back to walking, since I really do not want to hurt my feet, I already have Postthromboses on one leg that I earned after an injury. I just can't stop! At 172 pounds am I too heavy to run? I see heavier people run so that comforts me...
    Good luck and keep the faith!Good things happen to those who don't give up! (so they say, I hope it's true)
    2057 days ago
    You are a wise man to listen to what your body is telling you. Moving on with a different battle plan sounds like just what you need right now. The key is you are continuing to move forward.

    Congratulations on the scale budge. Two steps in the direction you want to go. Woo Hoo for you!

    Have a super weekend!

    2057 days ago
  • v MINNA72
    Congrats on the loss, Robert! Your attitude is awesome! Keep up the good work.
    2057 days ago
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