On November 9, 2015 I posted Before and After in The Weight Loss Journey and wanted to post an update. First, how scary is it to post a full body before and after photo…. very scary! Ahh! This is my 1st before and after full body post! I am always so amazed when I see other people post before and after photos and find a ton of inspiration in them so I decided its time to do my own to continue to inspire & push myself!
Here are the facts on the before and after photo. The before photo was taken July 12, 2014 and the after photo was taken January 31, 2016. I am down 60 lbs in the after photo and worked that weight off 2015. The 6 months previous to this weight loss was a reflective time of mental change. I have taken a lot of time in making small adjustments in my journey. This has helped me to sustain the lifestyle. After loosing 130 lbs and gaining it back I have learned the importance of maintenance along the weight loss journey, and for this lifestyle to be successful it takes time. There are many ways people live their healthy lives and each person has to find something that is sustainable for them. Bravo to all who are taking a step in the direction of health! My journey of loosing the weight for a second time around is more focused on sustaining it for a lifetime and learning how to be whole inside and out. I wrote a post on that here.
I set 2 goals and shared those in my previous post- Before and After in The Weight Loss Journey.
1. 120 minutes of exercise
I did accomplish this goal a few times, but in reality it was just not reasonable to sustain long term. I have cut back to 60 minutes 5x per week and feel much better about completing this goal and maintaining it. When doing 120 min of exercise I found myself burning out quickly, getting bored with exercise, and just lacking the motivation to continue such an unrealistic goal. Hey, don’t get me wrong, 120 min of exercise was awesome! I felt amazing when I was finished. I really pushed myself during this time and realized I had some awesome willpower to continue this when it got tough. To sustain that goal long term was unrealistic. I have adjusted goal #1 to be realistic, obtainable, and sustained long term.
2. Run a mile in 15 minutes
Running a mile in 15 min has been another goal I am actively pursuing. Let me just preface this by saying, I have done very little running in my lifetime. Running has by far been the toughest exercise for me to push myself in. I listen to people say they push a good run out in 12 min and to be honest, its hard for me to wrap my brain around.
Facts about my times on goal #2: I started with a running time around 19 min and have gotten my time down to 15:54. I have carved off some time and feel really good about where I’m at. Each time I run I get excited to see the endurance building. Running is a new thing for me and its exciting to carve out a new accomplishment in an unknown area of exercise. Cheers!
I have a few things I am working through when it comes to running.
1. I feel self-conscious when I run.
Feeling self-conscious is something I have felt for a long time, and since attaining proper running attire, it has decreased. Ladies, can we all say, “Running bra!” The idea of running with people present scares the crap out of me. Running outdoors along the sidewalk or busy roadways is not my favorite. I have done all my running on a treadmill and this alleviates this fear a bit for me. I’m working through it. I have done some running with my husband next to me on the treadmill to help build my confidence and this helped a lot. He is good at complimenting my form, which is nice!
2. My lungs feel like they are going to cave in while running.
This is no joke! I have had to work on my breathing a lot while working towards this goal. I get to a certain point and just start gasping for air. Lord help me! It also sends me into a tailspin and I find myself in fear. Oh, good ol’ friend, fear!
I have learned a lot in working towards these goals. I encounter a lot of fear through this process and each time I push through, I feel stronger. Pushing your body physically will push your mind; it will unleash some emotions you may have not encountered otherwise. Its easy to ignore some very tough realities when we remain stagnant. The act of pushing towards these goals has put me in an uncomfortable place and because of it I have been able to encounter and overcome fears. This is the empowering part I love! You truly feel amazing when your break through and accomplish your goals!