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What a difference a year makes

Monday, March 05, 2012

I've had some success and some failures over the past year. I fell off the fitness wagon towards the end of the year - not because of the holidays but more from overwork, stress, and just general exhaustion. I made some changes and I picked myself up and got back into the swing of things. I have been more devoted to my running than I was at this time last year - I finally realized that you can't hide inside on the treadmill and wait for perfect conditions before you run outside - you'll never go outside if that's the case. I've been logging about 15 miles per week and I'm still raising the mileage.

I also gained back all of the weight I had lost (which wasn't that much when you think about it). I had managed to drop from 205 to 192 and seemed to plateau there. I started back around 204 and I'm down to 195 now (after 4 weeks) and I'm aiming to get back down to 165 (and to stay there!). I walk the dog at least 3 1/4 miles per day as well as run 3 times per week (this week is a rest week so my runs are shorter). I'm also very careful about my diet. I have been vegetarian again for almost 2 years and, while I don't think I can be a full vegan, I have tried to limit my animal product consumption (cheese, eggs, milk) as much as possible. For now, my goal is to be down to 165 by the end of July, to run a half-marathon in May as well as several 10k and 5k runs between now and then, to start getting back on my bike, and get the garden going this spring. All while working, teaching a class, and traveling for business. And I honestly don't consider myself an overachiever.
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    2579 days ago
    I too am starting over from a 'break' - sounds like you've regained your ground quickly though! Keep up the great work

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