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Goal/turning 60

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.
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  • YIWEN39
    So you should be impressed by your own achievements, it's great :-) Happy Birthday, you made it to goal in time, I'm so happy for you. And you've got great plans for the future as well, well done again.
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    2737 days ago
    That is AWESOME! You are doing GREAT! Keep up the good work! You inspire me! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    2739 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Have a joy and blessing filled birthday. How wonderful you can celebrate such a milestone with the lovely feeling of accomplishment rather than dreadful feelings of regret. You are truly inspirational and I am so glad I read this blog. Thank you.
    2740 days ago
    joyeux anniversaire et félicitations!!
    2740 days ago
    Happy Birthday, Striver! Isn't it amazing to think about how much healthier you are for this birthday than you were for your last birthday? You inspire me with your dedication and your good attitude. And guess what? You can run farther than this "spring chicken"! I'm very impressed with the percentage of fat that you have lost, and admire that you've done it all with moderation. You are doing GREAT!
    2741 days ago
    Congratulations!!! You really are amazing, you've reached your goals and even more. How about a new pic, maybe in THE dress?
    (Yes, Suzwarnr, she is an inspiration to all around her. :-) )
    2741 days ago
    Congratulations, Striver! Wow... what a fantastic series of achievements!!! And, like Sue and Nan said, what an inspiration you are! It also encourages me in a special way because you have just lost the amount of weight I need to lose! Congratulations for making it to 53.7! Be proud of yourself! And we'll all be here to support you in your maintenance. I am sure you'll make it!
    2741 days ago
  • LEASIM1231
    Congrats on your accomplishments!
    2741 days ago
    Congratulations for doing so much and reaching your goal! What an inspiration you are! I'm so proud of you! What a sense of achievement you must feel! And I'm so happy you like your new lifestyle. My own maintenance is still far away from me, so I'll be following your progress on that one.
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    2741 days ago
    Congrats and kudos to you! What you've accomplished is awesome and I know you will continue to achieve so much more. You'll be able to run further and faster. Try the Galloway approach. See if it helps. I've always been told/read that if you want to run faster, you have to run faster. This year, I learned about tempo runs, speed repeats and hill training. It all helps. Congrats again on everything you've achieved. I'm sure you are a huge inspiration to everyone around you. :)
    2741 days ago
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