Friday, August 9, 2013

Healthy Train: The State of Things.

This week's Healthy Train is going to be a little out of order. It also might be lengthy. Either way, I felt I owed it to myself and to others who are struggling to see that I struggle too. 

State of Mind: This summer has been a whirlwind to say the least. For those of you that don't know, we are moving to Arkansas. Well, actually, my husband is already there. He got a great job that allows us to be closer to our families, that's in a college town area, and it is new to us. As much as we love Michigan, we weren't really settled when we said we were staying. It mostly had to do with our families. Being close to family is important. But we also have figured out that we love our space as well. We just don't want the space to be 16 hours anymore. So we prayed about things.

I'll admit I spent way more time worrying and in a state of denial than I should have been praying. Then we got a call about a job in Arkansas. It happened very quickly. We bought new vehicles and my sister graciously moved up here for the remainder of my time here. My dad and husband weren't crazy about me being up here by myself. So she came up here and is currently looking for a job.

Back to this whole thing happening fast. Usually, when God moves with us, it is all laid out and things happen that shouldn't or couldn't happen unless He was involved. And this time was the same, but we are going through some major spiritual warfare right now.

There have been things that have gone so right and then things that have been a major test. Trying to figure out how to make the new pay periods work and being away from Brandon is hard. We have a serious routine and it is not happening right now. To say this time is an adjustment period would be a gross understatement. I have had to remind myself more than I care that good does come with bad. It used to be one of my mantras and then I got complacent. And I am back to square one in many ways.

I say all of this to say, that this summer has been rough for my weight loss. I've been up and down like it is my job. But my natural inclination when I struggle is to withdraw. I don't like others to see me struggle. And yet I know that one of the most important things for me during this whole weight loss process has been accountability.

Whether good or bad, I've told you what I've done and what I could have done better. And I need to get back to basics. My goal is still within sight. And I still want to see my goal weight this year. I think it is doable.

So I guess I am considering this a re-commitment to myself and my goals. I never quit. I just really struggled this summer. And I could have done so much better if I just talked about it with someone.

I need to remember that anything worth doing is going to have battles, successes AND setbacks.

So I am going to start this blog post off by saying what has gone right.

The Positives alternatively titled, "How Far I've Come"

  • I smashed my old half-marathon record. 
  • I ran a 5K this year as well. 
  • I'm down 70 pounds.
  • I found cross training that I love: Pure Barre.
  • I am at a weight I haven't seen since high school.  
  • I am working on breaking into a 9 minute pace. I am really proud of this. My average paces are in the 9:50-10:30 range. I want this goal so bad. Running really does make me happy and it feeds my competitive nature as well. But more on what running has done for me this coming Monday...

How Much I've Gained: 6.8 pounds I've flucuated all summer and today I finally decided no more obviously.
Total Loss: 70.2 pounds
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 168.8 pounds
Pounds to goal weight: 18.8 pounds

What I noticed was different about my body: So much, but this summer, Pure Barre has made me realize just how important cross-training truly is.

Workouts I did this week: Pure Barre four times and a 6 mile run.

Favorite Song of the Week: Fighter by Gym Class Heroes

Personal Goal for this week: Study hard, eat well, and hit all of my runs.

Goals for the Month: Run 45-50 miles. Half-marathon training is upon us. I gotta get serious again.

Favorite Quote for this week: 

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Sir Winston Churchill

What I’m looking forward to: Getting back on track, fall weather, running another race and more races after that and finally seeing my number.

If you made it through this long winded post, I appreciate it. Hope this finds you well, inspires you, and that you have a great Friday!  

Boomer Sooner!! 


Not So Newlyweds said...

Don't you just love when life throws you curve balls?! I feel like when I finally have things together and figure out something totally unexpected happens. That recently happened to us and the best thing I can do is pray about it. Sometimes I become frustrated because I don't get those quick answers and other times I just need to wait it out. I put this on my computer background and read it everyday, "6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Thinking of you and Brandon. And you're still doing awesome on the healthy train!!

Tyly said...

I am really struggling right now. After not-so-good monthly weigh in and measurements, I had a MAJOR splurge weekend for my birthday. Out of control craziness. I have done so well this past M-Th, but I was back over my calories again today. Tomorrow is a party at a friend's house, and she is an amazing cook and will have a gigantic spread. I just can't seem to get back on track no matter how hard I try, and it's killing me! Next week I have a mandatory work lunch at Logan's Roadhouse, and the week after that it's a training week, which means eating out every single day for lunch. I'm sorry to make this about me, but the point was to share that I feel your struggle. I have have been up and down with the same 6 pounds for a month now, and I'm over it!

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