I had an interesting epiphany of sorts today...
Not all that long ago, I could strike out and put in a 5 mile walk with no trouble. Today, after only 2 miles I was done. Now, I know 5 miles is a drop in the bucket to some and a seeming unreachable goal to others. To me, it was my new reality.
When I first started here on Spark, I was over the moon to reach 1 mile. I kept at it and suddenly I'm at 2 miles and still feel good. Next, I'm aiming for my very own 5K (~3.1 miles I think). I reached that goal and have done several of the Spark 5K challenges. I even improved my time! I was feeling pretty good!
One day, I decided to add in a loop I hadn't covered before on my walks. When I looked at my distance, I had gone a little over 5 miles. I wasn't dead! In fact, I felt terrific! Was I tired? Yes. BUT, I wasn't done in by it. In fact, I felt energized! I couldn't believe it! So, I continued to use that as my new standard for my walking workouts.
Then, I slipped. I could give you lots of reasons, including 2 surgeries which are legitimate reasons to take a little time off from exercise, but I'm not going to do that. Legitimate reasons or not, I didn't jump back in as soon as I was able. I slacked off on tracking. I let my portion sizes grow a little bit... yada, yada, yada.... BAM! Now my motivation is down, my weight is up and I'm frustrated.
Well, being upset about it and fretting isn't going to make it better. In fact, fretting has done nothing but make it worse. So, I'm grabbing the bull by the horns - so to speak - and getting my tushie moving again.
Don't get me wrong, I've never stopped moving. In fact, I constantly try and come up with ways to keep moving. I park further away and walk in to work. I take the stairs. I walk to coworkers offices rather than email. I'll do squats or lunges or something while i'm waiting for equipment in the lab. I stand at my lab bench rather than sit even though I have a proper lab stool. Even when I wasn't strictly tracking my food, I was still very conscious about what I was eating. All this has enabled me to maintain my weigh well for nearly 8 months. The problem is that I need to lose a lot more weight before I'm ready to maintain.
Well, I'm going to be sore tomorrow! Like I said, I'm hitting the reset and moving my tush. I'm not going to say I'm starting over. Here's why...
Today at lunch, I went for a walk. It was beautiful, by the way! It was one of my 2 mile routes and a little bit hilly. I was a little bit disappointed that I was sore and pretty wiped out after those 2 miles. I used to do 5!! How frustrating!
But then I realized what was important. I could STILL do those 2 miles! That was just a dream when I first started on Spark. Then it was a reality. Then it was history. Now it's my new "normal". I'm thankful that I don't have to start over from scratch. I'm hitting my reset now and working back up to that 5 mile goal! I did it once and I can do it again!!
So, that's my "short" story for today...
If you stuck it out, thanks! Feel free to kick me in the tush anytime to help keep me going. I'm so VERY grateful for the support of my friends here. Like I've said before, I may get knocked down; but I'm never out for long!
Spark on my friends!