Tuesday, October 18, 2011
15 months ago I came home from a vacation with a torn meniscus and badly sprained knee and decided life as a klutz would be easier if i weren't obese. i had previously joined Spark on a friend's recommendation for the exercise videos, though i'd never done any of them. eating better started first (since i couldn't really move so well), and i found the food tracker essential, the fast break goals encouraging -- as was the quick initial weight loss (followed by a long plateau). I made a spark page back in August 2010 that said "Fit at 60. and ever after." My goal was to get down from 83 kilos (182 lbs) ... and I'm 5 feet and a half inch maybe, so those pounds ... to around 55 kilos by my 60th birthday.
which is tomorrow. and i've nudged the goal-lines a bit and am aiming for 53 kilos, but i'm at 53.7 ... so i'd say i'm at goal. Partly from tracking my food and eating better. I haven't really given anything up, i get eat less of it, and focus on more veggies and fruit. I measure, or eyeball if measuring is much too complicated. I haven't been hungry.
What's more impressive to me, though, is the exercise. I never thought I'd run. My sister's been running for 35 years (at least), and i've never been tempted. Running was boring. and hard. I start running when I didn't think walking was making my heart beat fast enough (carefully measured with the polar HRM). 30 seconds of running was totally exhausting. Then a minute was. went through C25K and every step felt impossible first. but it felt so good to have done it, each time I did. made it 8.4 km today, up from my 6.7 previous PB. and I like ST. Probably you spring chickens out there wouldn't consider what i do as real ST (i'm talking to you Nan), and pushups don't go too well well with carpal tunnel syndrome, though I try sometimes. but my withing's scale says my fat percentage has gone down from 43% (and i didn't get it til 2 months after i'd started losing weight) to 22% and i feel, if not strong, stronger. or at least less weak.
so it's time for me to be amazed and impressed at what i've accomplished. i run. i ran a 5 k, even if i finished in the last 10%. I did it. i did better than I ever thought I could, and more than I ever thought I could.
it's also time to set new goals (coming soon to my spark page). run further (though probably not marathons or even HM), faster (will Galloway help me do that?), find other forms of exercise and cross-training, try to help DH lose the weight he wants to, and gets the three of us all moving together more as a family, and to pay attention to maintenance. for that i expect i will be blogging a bit more and needing more support. i knew i could lose weight ... been there, done that. but this time it's going to stay off. and i'm going to keep moving ... with help from all of your encouragement.
so thank you, all of you who read this.