Monday, September 02, 2013
The scale shows a 3.6 pound loss for BLC22. At first I was pretty discouraged with such a low showing but then I took a look a the bigger picture.
I've completed my first ever full marathon.
I just completed an 18.12 Challenge and logged some of my best splits ever.
I've lost TEN INCHES!!
I've had nearly half dozen people tell me how great I look and ask if I've lost weight!
I'm OWNING the 160s! It's been YEARS since I saw 1-6-anything on the scale for more than a day or two.
Yes, I finished the round at 170.0 BUT did I mention that was with a week of carb loading for my 18.12 challenge??? Pre-race carb loading ALWAYS adds 3-5 pounds to the scale and I was ready for it. Heck I was expecting it. That was part of the reason I was so annoyed with only showing a 3.6 pound loss for the round.
My mental toughness has increased tremendously!
I have learned to lead a much more active lifestyle without it being made up of intentional fitness minutes followed by couch time.
I've been told I look ten years younger!
But I think the most important thing that's come out of my BLC22 participation is that I've come to the realization that this is not a "(3) 12 week rounds a year" journey. This is a 24/7/365 journey and I need to stop looking at the few days prior to BLC as days to relax and do what I want because the round is about to start and I'll have to behave for the next 12 weeks. I don't care if I make the Top 100. I don't care if my team makes the Top Five. What I care about is steady progress toward my goal. And the same goes for that of my team mates. If we're winning rounds because we're losing the same 5, 10, 15, 20 pounds repeatedly round after round, year after year, that win mean NOTHING! From this point forward I am going to win because I am going to reach my goal weight. My journey started at 198. My goal weight - which may or may not be realistic - is 138. I'm roughly half way there. So, yes I have a number I'm shooting for but as I get closer to it, that number may change. I may determine that it's not low enough. I may determine it's too low. The one thing I know for sure is I will aim toward a normal BMI, a healthy lifestyle, more mental toughness, satisfaction with the person I see in the mirror, more flexibility and most important of all, NO EXCUSES! I will not accept a higher weight because losing is tough. I will not allow myself to indulge prior to the start of a new round because I have a tough 12 weeks ahead of me. I will not kick back and relax because finally the round is over and I don't have to report my weight to anyone. A life worth living is not made up of excuses. A life worth living is a life full of life!