I know exactly how you feel. When I first took off the weight, I went from 177 down to the low 130's. The last few pounds were slow, but I was doing an incredible amount of exercise and training and I did lose those pounds and kept them off for a few months, but then life got in the way and some of the weight crept back on. I am now in the low 140's and trying to just concentrate on staying consistent - keeping my fitness and training at a level that I can maintain without burning out and trying to take off a few more pounds. I would love to stay under 140 - mid 130's to be exact, but finding that balancing point that I can maintain for a lifetime is tricky. I'm not giving up though!
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
current weight: 10.3 over
Fitness Minutes: (22,568) Posts: 5,802 2/10/13 3:01 P
Thanks for all of your encouragement. It's been a good 2 weeks since my post. I've been tracking all of my food and working out regularly. I'm training for a 5K in 3 weeks to help motivate me. Hope you are all well and safe!
current weight: 181.1
Fitness Minutes: (35,216) Posts: 848 1/31/13 1:47 A
I know the feeling, and I'm sure there are plenty more who do, too.
Last June I completed my sixth half marathon. However, I also hurt my back earlier in the month. On top of that, I was also getting burnt out on the training and the racing and felt like I had achieved all the challenges I put out for myself and didn't know what to do next.
Ever since I have struggled to get back into any kind of consistent running program. I had lost 45 pounds, but have gained 20-25 back. My blood pressure has been creeping back up.
Last week I started going to back to the gym 3 days a week. My wife is encouraging me to sign up for some races because, frankly, it is difficult to commit to a training program when there is nothing to train for. However, she's also 7 months pregnant and between taking care of her and our daughter and working 2 jobs, I barely have time to sleep, half the time. So, finding the time to train is difficult.
But, I'm pushing the reset button and starting out at the bottom, again. I may not like the backsliding that has occurred, but I know I've done it before and I can do it again. I'm also looking to run a half marathon in June. Remember what you're running for and that you've done it before and can do it again. And you don't have to do it alone.
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
You can do this. I have stopped and started many times in the six years that I have been on this journey. One thing I have reminded myself is that it didn't take over night to put my body in the position I am in and it will take time to undo the damage. One day at a time!
Woo hoo! You can do this! I highly commend you with keeping that much weight off. And way to go on signing up for another half! Definitely keep us posted and let us know how you are doing along the way and a race report of course! :)
Great for you to hit reset - and with your new fitness and registering for the your next half - you've made the biggest steps, the commitment step. Wishing you the best, and you've already proven to yourself you can do it. As you know you have lots of support here on SP!! Once you get back into the groove, I am confirming it will be easier.
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them” ¯ Denis Waitley
current weight: 159.4
Fitness Minutes: (22,568) Posts: 5,802 1/30/13 10:03 A
When I first joined Sparkpeople 22 months ago, I was full force with my dedication to my lifestyle change. Then 2 major life changes happened, and I lost myself and my motivation.
I've remained active on the site, and have managed to keep off 30 of the 38 I had lost a year ago.
Now I need to get back. I ran my second half marathon back in October, and one of my original goals back in April of 2011 was to just run one. I know I can do this, but not a lot of support at home, so seeking it here.
My twins just turned 3 on Monday, and I need to remain strong and active and happy for them, and for me.
I'm starting a Zumba class this week, looking to get back into yoga, and am registering for a half in June. This combined with being back to tracking my food, and I'm hoping I'll find my SPARK again. I'm also planning on going back to the Spark stages diet, all the way back to stage 1.
Thanks for listening! Have a great day my friends!
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