Weekly Fitness Update: Why I Run

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“I’m not where I was…but, I’m not where I was.”

That’s what I found myself thinking about my weight-loss a couple of days ago. I was thinking that, no, I’m not where I was when I started losing weight almost 5 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long!), but I’m not where I was at my lowest point a couple of years ago either.

I want to get back to the lower end of that spectrum, so while I’m proud of the fact that I’m not where I was (the 2009 version), I don’t want to let that become an excuse not to get back where I was (the 2011 version).

To make that happen, my workout of choice is running. I never thought I’d be a runner. Ever. I really enjoy it, though – not always when I’m psyching myself up to go and not always while I’m doing it, but always after I’ve done and am basking in the feeling of accomplishment.

And sweat. I’m usually basking in sweat, too.

I like running because once I get started I don’t have to think about it much. I can chat with my running buddy, let my mind wander, ponder some problem I’ve been having, or spend some time in prayer. I don’t have to count anything or have too much coordination. I can just kind of put my mind on autopilot and burn some serious calories.

I don’t really think it matters a whole lot what method of exercise you choose as long as it burns decent calories and you enjoy it – at least as much as one can enjoy a workout. If you don’t like your workout method of choice, it’s a whole lot easier to talk yourself out of it on the bad days.

What I did well this week:

  • Ran 3 days
  • Had good water intake

Yes, it’s a short list. It wasn’t the best week. However, I did step on the scale on Monday – yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to and I really wasn’t, but I found myself right there beside it and temptation overcame me. It wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it might be. I’m holding steady, which is better than gaining, but I want to be losing.

What I want to focus on next week:

  • Tracking my food – This has been such a struggle for me. I don’t know why. Because of a crazy schedule for the rest of this week, I’m not going to stress over it, but I’ve already put a note on my planner to remind me to get started logging again on Sunday.
  • Make better food choices on Friday and Saturday – These two days have become a huge stumbling block for me – probably because we’ve eaten out more than usual lately.
  • Pay careful attention to my step count each day since my workout schedule is going to be out of whack for the rest of this week.

I know this isn’t a very motivational post, but maybe it’s at least real. I’ll be honest – it’s hard to struggle with this after having had so much success. You would think that I would be over the complacency, but I think it’s going to be a constant battle. I refuse to quit, though. Do or do not. There is no try.

Have you had a successful week?

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