Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Finish Line to Fat?

Proud of this girl for having the courage to start but never going back
I'm never going back to fat, let's just get that straight right here and now.

I've learned too much, come too far and have the tools to battle forward.

I've maintained a 90+ weight loss (that took me over 3 years to attain) for 7 months now.

However -

I know that it'll always be something I need to work on.  I had a weekend of food festivities that was downright ridiculous - I've been slipping into old sloppy eating habits over the last few weeks and while I still look the same to my friends I will say I'm up a couple of pounds and that combined with not training for a full marathon and the sloppy eating, I'm flirting with a slippery slope.

I can blame a ton of things - summer, 4th of July, stress, blah, blah, blah… But the "whys" aren't all that important.

The bad news is I'm up a few pounds.

The good news is that I'm OK with it - I'm even OK with the crappy behaviors and choices of late.

Why?

Because I think I've finally figured out that the good, the bad, the ugly is all a part of the journey. I've finally figured out that whether (for me) I'm striving to train for a marathon or make good food choices that sometimes I'm gonna hit bumps, make a wrong turn or fall down.

I think it's important to know that it's OK to fall down as long as you get back up again. Falling is not failing. Giving up is failing.

Running has taught me this.

You might have a bad run but it doesn't mean you never run again. No, you go home, reassess and get back out on the road.

Sometimes you're running in rain, uphill, slightly injured, sick, or with a serious case of the blahs.  

Sometimes our training gets foiled, your run cut short instead of 6 miles it's four or two. But you keep plugging.

For me, I'm going to have times where I eat too much and maybe make choices I regret in the morning - it doesn't mean I give up though. No, I lace up my sneakers and get back on track. 

I mean if you find yourself having run a half mile in the wrong direction what do you do? Lay down and die? Run even further in the wrong direction? Hell no, you U-Turn it curse a bit over the "annoying" blip and move on… soon you're so back on track that you even forgot the slight hiccup to begin with.

So I'm making a U-turn before the half mile becomes more - I know I just have to keep running and eventually I'll get to the finish line.

xo
Jen




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