It's been a long, a long time coming. But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will. (A Change is Gonna Come- Sam Cooke)
I've been on this crazy weight loss train for just over 18 months now... and for the most part, I can call myself a 'success' story. For the most part. The thing is though, I've plateaued in a big way in the past 4 months. I've lost and gained back the same 5 lbs over and over again.
I'm still about 40 lbs away from the high end of my goal weight, and while that doesn't seem like much, as a runner, 40 extra lbs is significant. So significant that my coach and I think that is a huge factor in my on-going pain during running. Last night I had a reality check during my 5 mile run. I got 4 miles into the run and couldn't run any further. I was crying, my gait was altered, and I had to call my husband to come and pick me up. Talk about humbling.
We've corrected my gait, corrected my shoes, experimented with hard vs soft surface running, and it all resulted in the same thing:
The one remaining factor that we know is horrible for a runner is my weight. I am classified as an 'Athena', meaning I weigh more than 150 lbs. Enough is enough. I've lost just under 90 lbs in 18 months. Impressive, yes, but I'm not finished, and I've been disciplined as though I was already at my goal.
This blog... this little piece of internet real-estate is my way of keeping myself accountable... it's how I've done it until now, and I know it will work going forward as well. I don't want to turn this into a daily food and activity log (yaaaaaaaawn... boring), but I do want to use it to keep myself on track.
As a woman, I really am not comfortable with sharing my weight, but I think that part of being accountable is doing just that... *gulp* So, today, on August 4th, my official 'starting weight' is 165.4 lbs. Good God, that looks horrible in writing. Which is all the more reason for me to kick my ass into gear and make the changes that I need to make to get to where I want... no, let's be honest- need to be.
I know I'm not alone in this journey... and I have to say, that helps.