Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Keep Moving Forward


My 2 big races are over. Months of training and hard work culminated with successful races that I am super proud of!

Now that those races are over, it's time to start looking at my next set of goals.  My next long race isn't until the Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon in March, so I have the next 2 1/2 months to focus on something other than running long distances.

With that in mind, I made this declaration on Facebook a few weeks ago...
 Yes - I am declaring war on the last 20 pounds.  You might remember that back in August I wrote about NOT focusing on those pounds - and being content where I am right now.  I didn't write that to say that I would NEVER go after this last but of weight - but just at that time, I couldn't focus on it.  I needed my mind to catch up with my body.  I needed to focus on distance running, and anyone who runs distances knows that it is actually difficult to lose weight while running like that because your body requires a lot of fuel!

These last 20 pounds are not going to go quietly.  Everything I read and research talks about how difficult this part of weight loss is.  Our bodies want to hold onto these pounds.  My body is very content at around 170 pounds.  I haven't counted a thing in months - and actually I haven't been eating that terrifically either - and I've maintained my weight just fine.

I could stay here and be okay. I could tell myself that I've worked really hard to get where I am and I should just settle here - but then I'd be SETTLING.  And really - I've worked too hard already to settle for stopping right now.

I've enlisted the help of the "cardio queen" - a trainer at my gym named Jeanean (referred to affectionately as "J'Mean" by fellow weight loss blogger Kristina) and I'm checking out my friend Jeremy's "Gruver Fitness Outdoor Boot Camp" to help me mix things up a little.

It will take hard work and sacrifice - but I'm willing to do both!  It's time to get comfortable with being UNcomfortable! 

Current Goals:
1. PR in a 5k (my fastest unofficial time is 26:55)
2. Lose the last 20 pounds.
3. Get back to tracking my food better
4.  Mix up my workouts more - try new things!

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