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Maybe It Really is About More Than the Number on the Scale??


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

So, I have been on this weight loss journey for most of my life......at least as long as I can remember and I'm 48 years old. It has mostly been an up and down yo yo and oh so frustrating.


I was already a member of Sparkpeople, and I have always exercised with the result being gaining more and more weight. Obviously, I wasn't really doing what is necessary on Sparkpeople to experience success and as for exercise, I was going through the motions, NOT MUCH MORE! Having to lose nearly 130 pounds just seemed so overwhelming to me.



On July 4, 2012, I was at a 5k with many friends, my husband and tween daughter. They were all running. Me, I WASN'T. I was holding their stuff and that did not make me very happy at all. I thought, with all the time I put into exercise why can't I run, I should be able to RUN? Then I thought, but the problem is the weight. With so much to lose, it was just to much on my joints to run and so difficult. So, I decided to get serious with my weightloss.........

I began faithfully tracking on Sparkpeople and working out harder. I made a little progress, but then fell off the healthy wagon again. I would lose 5 or maybe 10 pounds, and then stop tracking my food and exercise. I would gain, I would lose and on and on......then in September when school started again for my daughter, I had a little more time to myself and again.....it was time to get serious! Enough already.....RIGHT!!!!!

So, I began faithfully tracking on Sparkpeople again, I hired a personal trainer, and started exploring more classes at my local health club. This has been a hard road and the number on the scale isn't moving very quickly, but it is moving.

MAYBE IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE?

Here's what I'm talking about.....

1. I began to feel really good, more confident, lighter, happier, less agitated and more.
2. I was actually able to sit in a movie theatre seat and not have my hips get squeezed.
3. I started to run a little bit....sprinkled with my walking. Still not "really" running though.
4. All my clothes are very loose or DO NOT even fit at all.

Then, in March I went to the doctor for a check up.

Her student in training took my pulse. When the doctor came in she said I have to take your pulse again. Immediately, I thought...."Oh goodness, what is wrong? NOTHING WRONG, the student couldn't figure out why she was getting such a low pulse rate. My doctor re-took and proudly told me I have the heart rate of a trained athlete. YAY me. That was a great day and made me feel so good.

WAIT.....there is more

Today, I went to my health club for a health assessment update. The results were excellent.

1. My cardiovascular fitness is that of a 25 year old???? (remember, I'm 48)
2. I have lost 27 pounds...I know I already mentioned that, but I like the sound of it;)
3. My BMI has gone down substantially.
4. My flexibility has gone from poor to good

Can you tell I'm super excited. Now if I can just convince myself to keep doing the right thing, convince myself that I can do this and that I'm worth it.....and mostly take the focus off the number on the scale.



Thinking I need to set some new goals.....wondering if I can train and maybe, just maybe I CAN RUN that same July 4th - 5k this year?????

That would be awesome and certainly better than holding everyone else's stuff.

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/12/2012 1:00AM

    emoticon I started by walking 5K's, then decided to run more. Found while I like the races, I'm MUCH more a walker than a runner. I always do walk/job intervals. I find for me that my time is better when I can run for a minute, but then walk for 2. During that 2 minutes of walking, I get my breath back and recover and then am able to go faster for the next run interval. Many of my friends do the same, although some at different intervals. One friend runs 8 minutes and walks 2 minutes the entire race. Recently I did a half marathon for the first time. I signed up with a group of friends, MONTHS and months in advance, plenty of time to train and get ready. Ended up with several medical issues the 3 months prior to the race and got NO training done. I still went and I walked the entire 13.1 miles. I was still super proud to cross that finish line. I didn't care how I got across it.

I agree, the scale is just a number. I feel better, look better and am wearing smaller clothes, even though my weight has ranged in the same 10 lb radius for the past 2 years. It's not the number I'd prefer to be at, but I'm active, eat well and feel 100% better and to me, that's what counts! Good luck!

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SERAPHGYRL 5/9/2012 3:11PM

    YAY! Those stats have got to feel good. Congratulations! You're getting healthy in spite of yourself. I've been sparking since January and am a believer that SP works. Granted we do have to follow the gentle suggestions SP gives us and commit to it for longer than a couple of weeks.

Forgetting the scale and focusing on being healthy has been my eye-opening succcess tip. I'm making my success happen one day at a time...and it's working!



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