So if you have followed my adventures you've seen my ups and downs both on the scale and in real life. I momentarily got to my lowest weight in May and about 4 pounds from my "finish weight" when I started feeling bunk, packing on the pounds and losing my hair. I wasn't sure if it was depression, my marriage is rocky, physical fatigue or some weird ailment. I slogged through a few races, a couple scheduled duathalons with my race buddies and was heading into the fall as a part of a BLC challenge. Then my hair really started falling out in clumps so my vanity propelled me to the doctors. After a full panel I was pronounced healthy so me and my friend, Google, started looking for reasons. I stumbled upon the evil culprit known as gluten.
I tip-toed around going "gluten free" it is in a lot of stuff and in all breads, pastas etc. After about 3 weeks I managed to be gluten free with fewer and fewer missteps. The cravings ceased. I slowly started to feel a little better. My energy levels slowly started to go up. The weight however bounced around, it wasn't a magic pill, I wasn't 100% with my working out.
Stretch was giving it his all to try and kill me with 7th grade algebra and Shorty and I were floundering through his reading list. My husband's job gave me a laundry list of extra work and then there were the hounds, the house and the real laundry. Needless to say the BLC challenge and I weren't succssful. I didn't drop my last 15. December rolled in, our nation suffered a tragedy and I decided I needed to hibernate. I gave working out a half hearted attempt. I ran the jingle bell dash with Stretch, a hilly 5K and the 4th Sunday run, a flat 5K the following week. I've hit the gym a couple times but I ate and drank WITH abandon for 21 days so I'm not surprised that my weight is UP...Simple math, no finding "Y" needed.
So here on the 2nd of January finds me still sixty pounds down from my highest weight but with 24 more to GO. So today I'm gertting back in the saddle(of my bike) I have goals that will be in tandem with my weightloss.(pun intended)
I will track my food and eat within my calorie ranges for the next 8 weeks. I will drink ALL my water. I will not have a cocktail except on 1/19/13 as part of my 10th anniversary celebration. I will be doing a 5K that morning so my calories will still be in check. I will continue to involve my friends and family in my fitness journey. I will try new things, 2 spin classes a week and kayak lessons. My race schedule so far is this:
January 19th-The Dam Run-hilly 5K(with Stretch)
January 26th-the 4th Sunday run(with Stretch)
February 10th-The Mermaid, San Diego 10K with my running buddies Cheetah girl, Rainbow bright, Sid, and Stretch as our honorary Merman. Us "old ladies" will do the 10K while Stretch and Sid take on the 5K.
March 3rd-the 5K COLOR RUN SF with Shorty, Stretch, my running gals and few stray children and their moms
Mid March-The Duettes-my first duathalon of the year-2 mile run, 18 mile bike and 3 mile run-hills, hills and hills
April will be two 5K's with Stretch
May is tbd
June will find me at The Mermaid Duathalon on the 9th and celebrating my 47th birthday on June 29th by doing the Wolfpack Tri which is 3.5 mile run/ 18 mile bike/4 mile kayak.
The Santa Barbra Tri is in August with an open water swim(my nemesis) and we have a few more races to choose from.
My weight goal is to be able to put on my all white ensemble for the COLOR RUN A FULL 24 POUNDS LIGHTER. This is the beginning of my final leg at losing the pounds. Once gone, they won't have a chance to return. I invite you to all join the party. My goals are many, I have the tools, I will make the time and make the choices to get me to the finish line. If I can run in a tutu, I can do anything??? Do you hear the starting gun? I do and I'm off....