Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bump in the road

So I have hit a little bump in the road with running and weight loss.  I haven't worked out since Thursday's run.  No running, no cross training, no weight lifting.  I can't really explain what happened- the week was fine and I was jazzed about Thursday's run and then bam, nada.  I had a lot going on Friday so I decided to use it as my "rest" day.  Saturday came around and I went on a long walk with the BF and dog.  I planned to run later in the day but it didn't happen.  I decided to do weights instead but that didn't happen.  I thought I would just move it to Sunday but nope, no workout.  I think I have hit a bit of a wall.  Not the losing weight plateau or time to change the exercise routine slump- I just started to think about how far I have to go to get where I want to be.  It's been about three months since I started running and about a month since I started paying attention to what I'm eating and the sad thing is I still have a long, long, long way to go.  I think it will be 6 months to a year before I am at the weight I want to be and probably just as long to get into the physical shape I want to be in.  The last couple of months have been going pretty good but it's hard when you realize that results aren't instant, it takes a lot of time and a lot of continuous effort (naive to think otherwise I know).  I'm sorry that this is a downer post- I think the three days without a workout is affecting my mood :-).  I know that tomorrow is a new day and I have already planned when I am going to run and what I am going to eat for the day and for most of the week.  Monday is a fresh week and I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  Even with the "feeling down" attitude I know it's just a phase, part of realizing that it took a lot of time for me to get to where I am (pounds to lose, metabolism to reboot, stamina to rebuild), so it will take time to get back to a lighter, fitter me.   As long as I keep pushing forward and go on that run tomorrow I will be fine- it's just a bump in the road.

On to other, better, news...I lost 1/2 of a pound this week.  Nothing like last week's big loss but I am ok with it.  I figure that since I lost double my weekly goal last week I can afford a smaller loss this week- and the good news is that at least I didn't gain any poundage :-)!  This week I am going to focus on what I eat and the calories I am taking in.  If I figure out the amount of calories of the food I want, before eating it, it really helps me keep the overeating in check.  I also want to stay away from all prepackaged, processed foods this week.  I am think about making weekly challenges/goals like that for myself but need to take a hard look at what I actually eat before deciding what needs to go.

I am also really excited about another giveaway that TMB @ Racing with Babes is putting on.  It is for a Moving Comfort sports bra- I don't know about everyone else but a good sports bra is pretty essential for me!  To find out all the ways to get an entry in go here.  I love all the giveaways!  So much fun and great prizes.  Might have to think of one to put on myself in the near future :-).

Hope no one was discouraged by my ranting blog today- just needed to get it all out :-).
Have a great week!!

'Once your a runner, it's always there in the back of your head'
Bill Rodgers


Genesis said...

its always a good week when you dont gain :)

heres to a new and better week :)

Running for Me said...

Monday is a new day and this a new week. You can do it! Have a great week!


Don't worry about the bump! You'll get past it. Losing weight and changing your lifestyle is a long process. I lost 70 lbs about 6 yrs ago (then took it on and off with 3 pregnancies), so I totally get it.

Thanks for the link love!

ajh said...

If you lose it slowly it stays off longer! Good luck on losing the weight you want. It is never easy but can be so rewarding.

Molly said...

I know it's frustrating that weight loss is such a slow process. Try to focus on the little changes that are going to happen while you get to your goal, being able to run farther, or being able to do more reps. Baby steps....

Sherri said...

I had that exact same realization this weekend...that it takes time...and yes it is hard to accept! Instant would be better, but then we may not feel so everyone would do it! So let's just refocus! =)
I hope you feel better.
It's okay to get long as we get back up! =) Have a great day!