Saturday, March 2, 2013

WLJ: My marathon

I'm sorry to disappoint my friends who are avid runners. This post is not about me training for a marathon.  I don't even like driving 26.2 miles, I don't ever see myself running that far.  MAYBE a half-marathon.  Someday.  Let me get better at 5Ks first and then try a 10K.  We'll see.  Give me more time.

Anyhow, the title of this post is how I see my weight-loss journey.  It's a marathon.  Not a sprint.  I have to remind myself of this a lot when I see someone who has lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time.  I have to fight back my envy and tell myself it's not a race.  My journey is not their journey and vice versa.

I began my trek in April 2011.  I'm sure to some it seems ridiculous that I haven't reached my 40 lbs. (now 45 lbs.) goal yet. It's not that much weight to lose, right?  I should have taken that off in a year, right?

In a perfect world, that would have been nice.  But I'm not perfect.  I haven't always eaten what I was supposed to.  And I didn't always work out as much as I should.  I also know I'm working against my PCOS, which is a battle within itself.  I've had setbacks -- emotionally, physically and mentally -- to work through.

My journey hasn't been a straight shot.  It's been full of highs and lows.

But you know what? I wouldn't change that.  I actually think I'm better off in the long run.

I've learned how to navigate the lows and not let them stop me.  I've learned I can have a bad day or a bad week, but they don't have to turn into a bad month, year, etc.  Once I reach my goal -- AND I WILL -- I'll be better equipped to maintain my weight.

I don't want to just lose weight, I want to get rid of it.  I don't ever want it back.  I don't ever want to have to work this hard again.

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Total weight-loss goal: 45 lbs.
This week's progress: +/- 0 lbs.
Progress to date: -31.6 lbs.
Non-scale victory:  Despite my current state of transition and lots of driving, I've successfully avoided all fast food.  It honestly doesn't even sound good to me most of the time.  Except for a Frosty.  That sounds really good right now.  Good thing there's no Wendy's nearby.

3 comments:

  1. I honestly see you as a big inspiration in the losing weight department! I've been trying to lose 10 pounds for like two years! I find the less you have to lose the harder it gets.
    Ps I think you should shoot for the half marathon! It only takes three months to train for it. I skipped the 5k and 10k and went straight to signing up for a half

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  2. A couple if things. First when I was training for the half (and you know me well now so you know I don't like running...biking yes, running I do when I need it and slow!) I actually LOVED the 10k. That was my favorite.
    Second, I think unlike the Biggest Loser where the weight loss is constant, real life is an up and down battle. I'm up right now. I will be down again soon. My goal is not to win the weight loss race right now, it's to get past this speed bump without putting on any more weight so I can finish this race. Oh, my! You have me talking about this as a race too! If it's ok with you...I will think of mine as a 6 hour mountain bike endurance race because that's my goal by next Christmas!
    I think you look amazing, BTW!

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  3. I think that's great - resisting fast food can be hard. I didn't have any weight loss or gain this week either, and as someone said - no news is good news?

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