Monday, January 25, 2010

Milestones

I did my morning weigh in and told Mems I'd lost a total of 10 pounds since I started this glorious blog, when she pointed out I'd lost more than that since I actually started.

You see in September I went in for my yearly physical and stepped on that evil doctor scale, the number was much larger than I wanted it to be and my doctor being outspoken as she in proceeded to lecture me like a petulant child.

She has known me since i was about 12 so I guess she doesn't think we have boundaries anymore. I was told to lose my gut.

So I started eating a little better and running more and lost some of the weight, but I wasn't disciplined, skipped my runs whenever I wanted to and continued to eat out much more than was healthy to do.

And after the holidays I'd put on part of the initial weight lost again and needed something to keep me going.

Hence "Fat Ass to Fit Ass" and my renewed 5k training, and another 10 pounds down.

I still have a long way to go to reach my goal, but I'm on the right track... and I picked up some new jeans to commemorate the occasion.

5 comments:

  1. Ugh. I'm jealous. I need to move my ass, too. I can find discipline for a day, or for a week, even a month - but sustained discipline is where I suck. Any tips?

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  2. Writing this blog about it has really helped me stay on the ball, I feel guilty if I think about skipping it or eating fast food.

    I've also been thinking about this article I read that said once you do something for 5 weeks it becomes habit, so eventually I won't have to work to stay on track it will just become second nature. Or at least I'm hoping it works that way.

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  3. So much of this boils down to control over your life. If you lead a quiet, boring, repetitive, predictable life, it's a lot easier to get into a routine of exercise. It's when your life is beyond your control -- work, family, etc -- that it's so easy to fall off the wagon.

    So you either need to gain control of your life or have a backup plan for when things go awry. I'm a big believer in the 80/20 rule... it's just tough to save that 20% in reserve for when things get hectic.

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  4. Ditto on what Ed said...

    In reality my life hasn't changed from the dozens of other times I've tried to do this and working in news is never predictable or boring... but my attitude has changed.

    I make a concerted effort to not let this job dictate how I feel, if I run and how I take care of myself.

    It hasn't been easy and as witnessed on last Friday I will fall off the wagon once in awhile, but everyone will.

    It's just a matter of getting back up and keeping at it.

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  5. Congrats Kate! Good job.

    Tasha, My method for getting into shape (what I have of it) was to join a group. I joined Fleet Feet and their running program. I went with my wife and daughter the first 12 week session, them moved on to a longer run group on my own. I have been with them almost 2 years now and I am now training for my first marathon.

    I hate running alone, I hate training alone. I find all sorts of reasons not to do it. But if I have a group that supports me and that I can support as well, who look forward to seeing me and I them, then I have a social bond, a community activity that becomes a integral part of my life.

    That made the difference in sticking with it.

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