Thursday, April 05, 2012
Why would a 58 year old with two bad knees start on a journey to lose 90 lbs? Some days, I ask myself that very question! But then I remind myself that I'm worth the battle. In August 2010, I has knee surgery for a torn MCL. This was followed by another procedure in March 2011 on the other knee. Over last summer I was not able to walk much more than a slow mile without pain. I watched my already serious weight problem worsen. My sedentary job as a computer programmer did not help. When my daughter came home from college on Christmas break, my determination to "do something" about my weight strengthened. I began to walk again.
My daughter is my "coach" and inspiration. She started running 3 years ago as a high school senior. She's always been a healthy weight, but she felt "heavy"! It always amazed me that she had a negative view of herself. A walk-on to her college cross-country team, she was one of the slowest runners. She set a goal for herself and over her first season at college improved her best high school time by over 1 minute. This past season, she again pushed herself to take another full minute from her time. This last weekend, on her 20th birthday, she completed her 1st half-marathon on a very hilly course in under 2 hours!
With her positive feedback and support, I have started a walking program and have walked 115 miles since January 1st, completed three 5K events and one 3K event. Keeping a calorie log has helped me get rid of the unhealthy parts of my diet and keeps me accountable. I have lost 20 lbs in 3 months!
This week, I started a Couch-to-5K program to try to include some running in my program! My goal for my next 5K (April 21st) is to improve my time from 48:05 minutes to 47:00 or lower. I've also signed up for a 10K on Derby Day as another goal for myself and will be doing several other events throughout the summer. My big goal for the year is a half-marathon in October! Setting goals for myself is my way to push my exercise program so that I get stronger and more fit. Hopefully, by the time the half-marathon arrives, it will be a 30-40 lb lighter, fitter version of me who starts(and finishes) the race - time is not important - finishing is!