I am often asked what was different for me this time. I can’t pin point what made this attempt to lose weight different from the others necessarily but I do know what I did differently when starting this journey.
I changed the way I looked at this – it’s a lifestyle change not a temporary thing to fix a problem!
From the start I only gave and continue to give myself small goals. I didn’t sit down and say “I am going to lose 200 lbs” no way, that would be way to overwhelming! I set smaller goals and with those goals I give myself dates associated with those goals. I always make sure they are realistic but still aggressive enough that I am making progress.
The first 3 months of my weight loss journey I didn’t really do much for exercise. I would do the odd activity but I was really cautious to not over commit to anything or anyone. All along this journey I have been very protective of myself to make sure I am in complete control of my life and how I choose to walk through this journey, after all, this is my journey not anyone else’s.
The introduction of fitness came slow but steady. I started with amazing family hikes on Sundays. I then slowly started to accept invites to boot camps or what I like to call “the stairs from hell”. Slowly, without realizing it working out had become an almost daily thing for me.
I have treated my work outs the same as my weight loss. I give myself small obtainable goals to work towards. My first bigger goal was the Goodlife 8k Road Race, which was an amazing and very emotional experience for me.
My week of workouts does vary a bit each week but this is a typical week for me.
Monday; am – gym (usually treadmill) pm – abs, core and leg work out
Tuesday; am – swimming (1000 meters) pm – weights (arms and shoulders)
Wednesday; am – gym (circuit training) pm – treadmill or run/walk outside
Thursday; am swimming (1000 meters) pm – weights (arms and shoulders)
Friday; usually off but often sneak in one trip to the gym
Saturday; run – 5k
Sunday; usually off unless I have a family hike or walk
Now that I am slowly become more comfortable with running I have signed up for several small events through out the winter and spring to help me keep focused on fitness goals. So far I have committed to the following events.
Nov 11 – 20K 4 man relay at Thetis Lake (trail running)
Jan 11 – 8K Saanichton – part of the Island Running Series (road running)
Mar 8 – 5K Sidney – part of the Island Running Series (road running)
Apr 26 – TC10K – (road running)
June 7 – 10K Goddess Run (road running)
June 21 – Tough Mudder (18K mud obstacle course)
In between these events I will likely add some 5K fun runs into the mix. It’s not that I am addicted to running, but I do enjoy it and I like the fact they are events that I can train towards.
I still sit here some days and try to wrap my brain around the weight I have lost and the confidence and strength I have built. For anyone out there that feels helpless and defeated, think again, anything is possible if you want it bad enough!