Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It has been kind of a bumpy ride and I really didn't have time to Spark. (I still don't know if I do, but I'm taking that one day at a time and not being such a perfectionist).
I had a hormone-related health issue at the end of January and, horror-movie style, gained 15+ pounds within two weeks. It took until the end of March to drop the first 10, and the last 2 are still hanging around with me (in addition to the 10 or more that I'd still like to lose). I'm being patient and focusing on non-scale goals: healthy eating streaks, workout streaks, incorporating more walk breaks into my otherwise sedentary job, trying new workouts, and improving my happiness.
(Being patient wasn't my first choice, but being frustrated and feeling like a failure didn't get me very far so I decided to be a little more mature.)
I ran two 5k races and two 10k races and did fine, not great for me but good for my friend who had never raced before (his biggest goal was not to walk, and he had a drill sergeant running next to him who made sure that didn't happen ;) ). I kept zumba-ing when I could and learned that I should stop when I couldn't. I stopped pushing myself so hard - I lift lighter with more reps right now, I don't push for an improvement on every single run, and I listen to my body if it's too sore or tired to do something.
Even if it was on the schedule.
Anyway, it didn't kill me, so I guess it made me stronger. My approach to fitness is probably a lot more sustainable now that I've learned to be flexible with my schedule and goals.