I have a few weeks under my belt with my fitness. It’s been a slow process, as in, I am much slower than I used to be but I will say I am happy with how much I can do with little pain in my core. My biggest issue right now is getting my all over strength and cardio back to what it used to be. I did do a trail race this weekend on Mount Washington, it was part of the Vancouver Island Trail Running Series. It was definitely the most technical race and to be honest I hiked most of it but it felt awesome to be out there. My next race is on Sept 24 in Whistler, which will be my longest trail race to-date at 12km. I have to admit I have yet to get my workout schedule fully up to what it used to be, mostly because I am on vacation and I am finding it hard to settle into a routine again. I am going to try and focus on this going forward so I can get my strength back and weight down to what I was.
On that note, my weight is still higher than my lowest weight. I am not going to get wrapped up in a number because it’s not healthy for me right now. I am having a hard time being as strict as I had been prior to my surgery. While I was off I found some bad habits, like snacking as I am cooking and it’s been hard to get back into the mindset so I thought it was time to sit down and blog and get things off my chest and get grounded again. I don’t see a weight gain and my clothes fit me the same but it’s there and I need to get it taken care of. It’s starting to be on my mind, which is a good thing, it means I am ready to get back to my routines. I am going camping in a few days on Hornby Island so I am really trying to mentally prepare myself and get creative on food options to avoid snacking on bad foods. We will be super active on these days but I really need to reel in my eating, get back to my strict measuring and weighing of all my foods. It’s been a good reminder that you can lose as much weight as you need to but the battle never totally leaves you. And if you get out of a routine like I did with my surgery, it can be hard for even the most focused person to stay on the straight and narrow. This is a lifestyle change so I need to remember that and embrace that lifestyle fully again.
I did recently go back to being a Weight Watchers online member only. This wasn’t a tough decision for me. I have never been fully comfortable with going to meetings, nothing against meetings, but I just don’t like the commitment or pressure that comes with them. I wasn’t attending meetings lately and felt like I needed to go back to what got me to my goal weight in the first place and that was online. I will always be a Weight Watchers Lifetime member, no one can take that away from me, but I am loving knowing that I have no commit to anything or anyone other than myself. I am always here for those I have met through meetings but this is what works best for me and what I need to do to maintain what I have done for myself.