Health Update

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted my weight loss progress and latest fitness goals.  Here’s hoping that being back on the bloggin’ bandwagon will reinvigorate my drive to personal health as well.  That’s not to say things have been completely lackluster around here. 

I’m proud to announce that I achieved Weight Watchers lifetime status about two months ago!  It was such an accomplishment to finally make it, and I’m thrilled to have maintained despite a harried schedule and haphazard approach to my nutritional intake.

On the fitness front, since November I’ve completed three more 5k races with my aunt (December, March and April) and my first 10k just over a month ago.  With over 17,500 people participating in the 3 events, it was an amazing feeling to finish.  It’s been so much fun to see how my approach to running has changed, and to finally have found the appeal everyone’s been talking about. 

I have a few more 5ks I’d like to do this summer and have begun toying with the idea of a longer run or perhaps a sprint triathlon.  Any advice on how to go about choosing the right event?  I have to make it work around my family first, which likely means training with a double jogger.  My only fear of something like a half marathon is that I don’t want something that is going to be so hard on my body that I’ll regret doing it. 

Obviously being able to train over the summer would be so much better for me, so an early fall event makes sense – especially if I’m thinking anything involving swimming – I wouldn’t want it to get too cold ’round here!  My doubts are whether or not I’ll actually stick to a training program, because if I’m really honest, discipline isn’t my forte!  Whatever it is, I need some goal to work towards…one that will allow me to find that commitment I had last fall to make healthy choices for me and my family!

Good week? Bad week?

For some reason I felt the need to nosh this week.  I felt especially hungry and really wanted sweet treats.  I was rather apprehensive and had my “no-weigh-in” pass in my hands just in case I needed to cash it in.  So….I was very pleased to see a 3.8lb loss this week! 

On a whim, I went for a mile jog this weekend and hope to start going more regularly.  In fact, I found a 5k on Thanksgiving Day and plan to participate.  What better way to take advantage of a typically food-oriented holiday and turn it into a day of activity.

12 weeks + 99% positive attitude * 3x workouts = 36lbs lost

If you would have told me in mid-August, as the sweltering summer heat was making me very conscious of my sweating rolls of chub, that I would be able to a) run a 5k and maintain a 2-mile per day workout and b) lose 36 pounds without feeling deprived I would called you crazy.  Yet here I am – 3 months later and 36 pounds lighter (-4.2 this week!) to say that it really does work. 

This is my third time joining Weight Watchers, and I really do believe that it is the most balanced and realistic approach to weight loss and lifestyle change.  I remember the first time I joined there was a woman who came in and was totally serious and determined to meet her goal without messing around.  Then there was me.  I was gung-ho for a while, but then began to slack.  Plateau.  Cheat.  I played games and convinced myself that I was really doing all that I could, knowing full-well that I wasn’t.

This time, I wanted to be that woman.  So far, I have.  With one week of maintaining and one week of a half-pound gain, I’ve managed to drop every other week.  Honestly, I’m starting to get a little freaked out.  Especially these past two weeks.  I’ve really started to get lax in my devotion to making the right choices.  I almost feel like I need a bad weigh in to movitate me to get back on track.  But who am I to argue with the scale?!

Seriously though, it’s amazing how much better I feel and how much energy I have these days.  The simple fact of taking control over my food choices and my level of activity has made a dramatic difference in all areas of my life.  Knowing that my goal is in sight, it’s pretty exciting to think about the possibility of reaching it by the holidays and then working to maintain.  I hope that all your weight loss or fitness goals are going well or that you’re able to find the motivation to take things to a new level.  I’d love to hear your stories and could use some affirmation or new motivation to stay on the straight and narrow myself!  One thing I’d love to learn more about is spinning.  I’d like to find a class in the area, but I don’t know if there is any “equipment” that you need and/or if it’s worth the cost of a gym membership since. I would also have a pretty hefty drive which (to keep with the math theme of the post) is directly porportionate to the number of times I would opt to stay home.  Spinners – please chime in!