It's Actually Working...
Friday, April 13, 2012
I had decided in February to go back to old (good) habits after realizing that I was slowly creeping back up to my old weight. I returned to logging all of my food - no major restrictions other than to log EVERYTHING that I ate. My laziness of not wanting to get up and put the food into my log outweighed my desire to eat something. I often mistake boredom for hunger and this is a really helpful way for me to recognize the difference.
The other benefit of returning to what had worked in the past is that I have rediscovered how much I actually enjoy strength training and running. I had been doing both while I was regaining weight but I wasn't enjoying either one. I am working with a trainer to help me overcome a weakness in my hip which led to an injury and he has been great! He knows how to push me to do things that I didn't realize I could. It feels amazing to be able to push a sled loaded with 180 pounds (way more than my body weight) across the gym. I love to see the looks on the guys' faces when they see me do that! I have also signed up for quite a few races and did my first Mud Run in March with my youngest son. I absolutely LOVED crawling over and under obstacles and getting totally muddy. I love running with my Running Buddies and traveling to run races with them. Running is therapy for me.
I think what finally clicked for me this time was that I need to do what is fun for me. I knew from talking to my SparkFriends that if I could turn the focus away from just wanting to lose weight, things would take a turn for the better. My body naturally knows what it needs to do and I can't fill it full of the wrong foods if I want to have the energy to do the things I love to do. My advice to anyone who will listen is to find something active that you love to do and the rest will follow. It's working for me!