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One Year of Maintenance

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I have been up and down the scale for the past 20-some years. I'd be lying if I said loosing weight was easy but it seemed easier than holding on to it. As soon as I received compliments, or hear someone say something like "must be nice to have time to work out" I'd feel like a showoff and slip back into old habits. Or when I fit into a smaller size, I'd say "yahoo, I can take a little break." Famous last words.

My "Aha!" moment was when I did the warrior dash in 2011. I was working out here and there at that time. I saw some pictures of it and thought it looked like something fun to do with my kids. Little did I know how hard it was. I was sore, like traffic-accident sore, for a full five days afterward.

I decided then to work harder, get stronger and really improve my running. My mom is always in the back of my mind too. Her sedentary lifestyle has made her old before her time. I don't want to age like that.

I downloaded the Get Running app once the Warrior Dash soreness subsided. That was tough but I kept going and was almost able to run a full 30 minutes by the end of the nine weeks.

Then winter set in and I slacked off but still worked out here and there, then life got in the way, then I switched jobs. I used to be able to walk or bike ride to work but now I have a 40 minute drive each way. The pounds crept back in no time. As you can see, consistency was never my thing!

In August 2012 I got back on SparkPeople for the second time and really used it this time. I finally lost the last 10 pounds I wanted to loose by that November. I had set that weight as a goal because I hadn't been able to get back to that number in a long time.

Going under that goal a couple weeks later was amazing to me. Even more amazing, here I am a year later, still under that goal weight and with a little muscle definition to boot!

My spark friends are a constant source of inspiration. There are so many people out there dealing with more difficult challenges than I face and they make things happen. How can I come up with an excuse not to take care of myself? I work out when I'm inspired by other 's success and I work out when I read about someone loosing their motivation.

Oh there have been bad days/weeks. Some I have blogged about, some I don't. It's okay to have bad days/weeks, it's just not okay to continue to justify them. I have learned it is not okay to not take care of myself.

It's not about being skinny, in fact I do not like that word. Sounds unhealthy to me. I want to be strong, capable, a little driven and I want to take care of MYSELF in my old age!

I never ever thought I would enjoy running. I never used to be able to run two blocks. This year I did six 5Ks, one 10K and an indoor mini triathlon. I can't even believe that! I have plantar fasciitis so for a little while, I have to adjust to other activities. Life is all about change!

I enjoy strength training. Pushing myself past my limits feels amazing! I'm also educating myself every day. I know I can't just go out there and do this stuff without preparation.

I know to be healthy, just like achieving any goal in life, I have to work at it every day. One day at a time. If I slip, I start over again right away, I don't wait for tomorrow, or next week.

Thank you to all of you! You all have played a role in my lifestyle change.

If you are a regular visitor to my blogs, you know how important music is to me. I leave you with the theme from one of my favorite tv shows as a kid. I hear this in my head to this day...

One Day At A Time

"This is it, this is it
This is life, the one you get so go and have a ball
This is it, this is it
Straight ahead and rest assured you can't be sure at all

So while you're here enjoy the view
Keep on doin whacha do
Hold on tight we'll muddle through
One day at a time

So up on your feet, up on your feet
somewhere there's music playin
Don't you worry none, just take it like it comes
One day at a time"
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