Starting Over Again
Monday, November 12, 2012
Here I am, starting over, yet again. The whole "weight loss journey" thing for me has had a lot of starts and stops and pit stops, and occasionally, a flat tire.
When I first got on SparkPeople and got serious about losing weight, I lost about 30 lbs and ran a Half Marathon. After that, I got a bit cocky - I knew what I was doing so I didn't feel I needed to be as diligent about tracking and counting anymore, so I (predictably) plateaued.
Then I started again, ran a little over 20 miles in 24 hours with a Ragnar team in FL, and ran a 2nd Half Marathon which helped me maintain my plateaued weight despite getting a bit looser with my eating habits.
After running around so much, I ended up with a mild, but persistant hip injury and instead of doing the running speed program I planned on, I took it easy for about 6 weeks. I pretty much maintained weight, going up a little bit, but not so much I would worry about it. I did some reading and it looked like I had the hip problems because I was running like a lunatic, but not strength training to balance things out.
So then, I started up again, this time with the SparkPeople Bootcamp DVD. The DVD was great and I was back down to my lowest weight. From there, I decided to transition to a yoga program. Despite my good intentions, the yoga program was just much too hard and I couldn't keep it up.
After that, things started to fall apart a bit. I ran short distances on and off. Then my sister got married, followed 2 weeks later by my sister-in-law. Stuff was just crazy. Then I worked a weekend, then Sandy came through and through all this stuff, I just ate. And we ate out a lot. And here I am, 10 lbs higher than my lowest weight and starting over again.
In April, my office was relocated and the new building has a gym. A couple months ago, my brother and I signed up to run the Half Marathon in February together again. This time, I am doing 2 group exercise classes a week at the gym for strength training, plus 1-2 treadmill workouts. On the weekends now that I am officially entering the training zone, I will get 2 runs in, including my long run. Saturdays will most likely be my off day with a day off during the week if I need it.
Hurricane Sandy was a blessing in that she forced me to cook at home - there was no other option. Andrew and I were among the lucky 2% that kept power on Long Island during the storm even though most everybody around us lost it. I have cooked at home for 3 weeks now - we have only gone out 2 or 3 times that I can think of and all of those times were after doing a ton of work trying to clean up our yard after the hit it took during Sandy and the subsequent Nor'Easter and exhaustion was overruling good intention.
This time, I only have 2 major goals:
1. Hit healthy BMI by the Half Marathon (February 13, 2013).
2. Work into a consistent work out routine.
I am going to borrow from the Nerd Fitness Challenges and set 3 focus goals and one life goal to help me achieve my major goals. I am going to report on these 4 points to help keep myself accountable on the day-day and not overwhelm myself with what I want long term.
1. Track my food
2. Strength train 2x per week
3. Run 3x per week
4. Putter around the house.
That's it, at least until next Sunday.