Jan 11, 2011

Slow and steady wins the race?

I've been doing a lot of thinking about how to achieve my weight loss goals lately.  How to focus on the here and now and the baby steps rather than seeing this giant looming number (60 lbs!).  Previously and repeatedly, I would plan for an exact date I need to reach that goal or else I should consider myself a failure.  I never took into account life, schedules, cold and flu season, exam weeks, anything that could possibly hinder my perfect plan.

What that meant for me is that if I had a bad week or two, I would give up and declare myself a loser, a failure, not fit for even trying.  And I did this to myself over and over and over again, never really learning that  this wasn't the way to achieve anything.  But I finally realize now that by focusing on the place I'm at, week by week, I'm making strides towards the bigger goal.

I started the Couch to 5K program last week and am really enjoying it.  I'm actually enjoying the process of taking the time for myself to go to the gym, get on the treadmill and check out for a half hour while I accomplish a goal. A goal of FINISHING one piece at a time.

Last week I was dealing with a lot of anxiety - work, wedding planning, school, hormones.  It was all a little too much for me and I was cracking a bit.  But in spite of that, I still completed Week 1 of  the C25K program, I still tracked every bite of food I consumed, I still lost weight.  I realized that the anxiety was only going to get worse if I didn't treat myself well.  So when I was feeling rotten, I'd go to the gym and bust out a few miles on the treadmill.  Or I'd eat a handful of raspberries instead of a bag of chips.  I gave myself the gift of health and it made me feel better!

I know that I have to just be patient with myself and give me the room and time to achieve my goals.  Some weeks will be tough, but some weeks will be great.  And it's taken me 32 years to get here, I can't turn it around overnight.  But I'll keep trying because I deserve it!

Stretching after a C25K workout on the treadmill.


  1. keep up the good work and way to go remembering to stretch!!