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1 year change-versary: 22 kilos & health

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

it's not a spark-versary because i joined spark a while before i started this journey seriously. today is a year since i got back from what would have been (was anyway) a glorious family trip to Tuscany except that i missed a step at the Siena train station getting off the bus and very badly sprained my knee, tore my meniscus, etc. and spent the next week in severe pain (refusing to see a doctor because i was, inaccurately, convinced they'd tell me to stop walking and i couldn't, I was on vacation with my family in my favorite place in the world). i knew that the at least 50 lbs overweight made walking much much worse and I wanted to make sure my physical flaws never made spending time with my family and doing what I love so painful ever again.

so now i've lost 22 kilos and am eating food i love (slowly restoring very occasional and carefully measured treats like croissants and financiers ...) and am stronger this summer before I turn 60 than I probably have ever been. i love bootcamp exercises (especially with the ball). i am doing C25K, ran 21 consecutive minutes the other day and am in week 6, and am doing a 6k race in central Paris in September (only after that will i decide if i really like running:-). i don't wince at reflections in windows or avoid mirrors anymore.

i did this for health and not looks (though feeling i look better feels really good!!). it's been very up and down with long discouraging plateaus -- but i mostly kept plugging away and feeling stronger because i was working out. i'm still struggling with managing exercise time, family time, and getting my work done (freelance translating, working for myself, means it's hard to say no to clients) and still feel it's almost impossible to get more than 2 of the 3 of those done well on any given day (let alone me time that's not specifically workout time). but over the week, it's coming together better.

this wasn't a diet ... it was a change in my life that i need (and want) to maintain for the rest of my life. and with continued support from spark people and my spark friends and my other friends and my family ... i will!!

so. thank you sparkpeople.
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  • TRIANGLE-WOMAN
    Spark hopping and came across your page.

    What a lovely story! and what a lovely inspiration! I am going to be 46 years old this year and could do with 25 kilos less.

    You let me know that it is possible, despite the fact that I have been stuck at 91 kilos for a LONG time!!

    Thanks for the reminder that anything is possible if I just pick a goal and stick with it.

    Au Revoir!
    1999 days ago
  • CLAIREINPARIS
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! And thank you for a very inspiring blog! It is showing us we can all make it, one step at a time, and I so NEED to read things like this!
    2560 days ago
  • LIZALOT
    May I add that Striver looks great now, and has been a real inspiration for me. We'll be doing the Paris run together and I'm looking forward to it!
    Thanks Striver and SP.
    2560 days ago
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