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Patience: the hardest part of weight loss.

Friday, July 26, 2013

So I'm having to scale back my activity a tad, and find some lower-impact workouts to do in between running days since my knees are SCREAMING at me to let them rest. I think 6 days a week is too much, and I'm revising my program of Half Marathon training to just 3 days a week of running my allotted time, and then finishing up the distance requirement with walking. Maybe when I get a treadmill at home I can add in extra walking, but right now it's just too much. I love running too much to give it up, so scaling back should fix the problem for now. I'm going to miss being outside by myself every day, though.

I got on the scale this morning for no really good reason other than idle curiosity and was frustrated to see that I wasn't at my goal weight for Monday. (I REALLY want the prize I'm awarding myself for 145 pounds!!!) I can fluctuate about 4 pounds either way, so it's not an issue, but it made me realize that the hardest part of trying to lose weight isn't the exercise, or cutting out pound cake, or drinking 4 ounces of wine instead of 12. It's having PATIENCE and understanding and accepting the slow passage of time, and with it the passing of each five pounds.

It helps when you have a project goal -- like the C25K -- because you can look at the schedule and say "By the end of this program, I will have lost about 9 pounds!" Or "By the time I take the ACE test, I will be at my goal weight!" It's just so hard to see that far into the future :)

The first 6-8 weeks of this program seemed to go the fastest. It was like I woke up one morning and I was 8 pounds lighter! I'm still managing to lose at least a pound a week, but it's just not a particularly linear process. One week I'll have lost nothing, another week I'll have "gained" a pound, then the next week, I'll have lost 3. The smart approach would be to only weigh once a month, but I'm way too antsy to do that.

That Pilates workout I did is still killing me -- I can still feel it in my psoas and transverse abdominals. It was supposed to be a dance exercise, strengthening me for floor work, but I think I might add that in once a week to my fitness. Maybe a short cardio, then a focus on resistance training and muscle building -- instead of the hour walk.
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    It's hard to be patient, but well worth it. Hang in there!
    1759 days ago
  • CHARITY1973
    Wow, running 6 days is a lot! That's up there with the competitive level even if you're only running short distances. I just completed a 26K race with only 4 days running a week. Granted I should have done 5 but life gets in the way too frequently. I do have to run longer if I run less days but this seems to not be a problem anymore. If it's slow enough I can run for hours!

    Your runner's body will love you for cross training and ST training. It takes awhile to get the muscles to support the joints from the pounding of running. After my race I had the most awful aching IT bands for several days. I also found I continue to get stitch from weak core muscles. So off to the gym and cross training before next training cycle.

    The journey to understanding our body's needs is fascinating and frequently very unique to each of us.

    Power on girl! emoticon
    1759 days ago
    Patience.... I've had over 5 years of weight loss journey and I'm not done yet. Experienced significant success and long plateau periods, too. We never give up! Take care of your knees. Your ab muscles will recover soon and you'll be stronger for the efforts. Good for you and your sensible approach to handle this situation.
    1759 days ago
    emoticon Congatulations on The Progress you are making and on being Flexible in reaching Your Goals!!

    emoticon Patience IS Hard!!!
    1760 days ago
    I need patience too....I love this prayer: "Lord, give me patience and give it to me now!"

    1760 days ago
    Be glad you're losing it now~ at 63, it's like watching paint dry, LOL! My goal is to have 64 off by the time I'm 64 next year, and that will take 14 months if all goes well. On AVERAGE that's -4.57 lbs. per month, and I'm having to work my fanny off for that paltry sum. Not fair! Pay Day should be so much bigger for all of our hard work, don't you think? I hear ya sista! Or I should say 'daughter' at my age LOL. Keep with it~ you won't be sorry (that's what I tell myself) good job on cutting back when your knees are barking, an all-out injury would really stall things. As a former Massage Practitioner may I suggest making a fist and running it up (always up towards your heart) your IT band on each side of your thigh as you're seated~ may help release some of the other stuff. You're a dancer so you get it! Take care~
    1760 days ago
    Love your focus and you are so is perseverence and patience. Hang in there!
    1760 days ago
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