5 years under goal

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I joined spark people not to lose weight but this time I wanted all the help possible to not regain the weight. I did lose over 40 pounds at weight watchers but despite losing weight in the past had never been able to maintain the loss. Thought of it as a diet with an endpoint not really a change in lifestyle. I did maintain the weight loss for two years without any exercise at all but did not really feel any better. Was tired all the time and had a lot of muscle and joint pain. I decided after I started to exercise that I wanted to run a 5K. I started the couch to 5K program but was not able to run my first 5K but was able to run/walk it. It took me several months to be able to run for a mile without having to walk. I had to learn to run slower. Within a few months was able to run for 5-6 miles and not walk. I can run without walking but now put in walk breaks for a long run. I found spark people when searching online for information on the Cook Forest 1/2 marathon and found a blog from a rookie running group member. I have now done 4 1/2 marathons and run 27 miles at the local endurance run. This Saturday I had my monthly weigh-in at weight watchers. I am at the lowest weight for the weigh in that I have been at since 1984. It has now been 5 years that I have maintained a normal BMI and have been under my goal weight for every monthly weigh in for the last 5 years. I am surprised when people think I have this weight thing all figured out. I do not. There are days when I do not feel like going out for a run and for the 1st 1/2 mile do not even think I can run at all. There are days I would rather read a book and eat high calorie processed food. I recently went on a cruise and did all of that. I also ate some healthy foods, ran, kayaked and snorkeled. I lost weight before the cruise, came back and got right on track and weighed in less then I did before I went. I may never be able to go to a party or go on a vacation without indulging but it is much easier to lose a few pounds then to think about 50. I am not so sure I could start over again so every day hope to continue to live a lifestyle that keeps the weight from returning. I am excited because my deposit is down on my next vacation. I am going on a cruise to Alaska in July. This is so much more then a vacation since am going with my husband and a running friend and her husband and it is on the John Bingham marathon at sea cruise. I reread his book every time I feel discouraged about running and the thought of organized runs in such a beautiful place should be great. Suzy
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  • BOBBYD31
    totally missed this suzy, i was wondering how your bet went. i would have to say you both won!!! like anne said you can try intervals, tempo runs, fartlek's and hills these should increase speed. but if your happy you can continue to waddle with the rest of us.

    ps JASR's is only 12 weeks away
    2614 days ago
    Way to go Suzy! I am with Janice...maintaining is tough! But if we continue to realize it is a lifestyle change and that we keep educated on nutrition we can do it! I love this idea of a cruise AND running. I will have to check into this! Anne
    2614 days ago
    Suzy--congratulations. Keeping if off is definitely harder than taking it off. The Alaska cruise sounds great & to pair it up with running is even better. Alaska is on our bucket list--not sure when we'll get there, but I know it will happen.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


    2623 days ago
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