I had a GREAT run Wednesday night with my Ride the Wave group. We ran 5 miles and the only little break we had was a short (maybe 1 minute or so) walk at the half-way point. How long did it take, you ask? Well, I'll happily tell you we finished in exactly one hour. (Okay, not exactly one hour. It was 1:00:24.) Great pace for a relaxed run with the girls.
Jason wasn't feeling very well Thursday, so I skipped my planned gym workout and stayed home to make dinner and pamper him a little. It's our anniversary this weekend, so I worked a half-day and spent the afternoon doing some housekeeping so we could relax over the weekend in a clean house. The weather was absolutely beautiful so I took my Little Running Buddy out for a run around 4pm. We did an easy, relaxed 3 miles or so. I didn't time it or anything, and I let Coty determine our pace, so we spent a lot of time walking and sniffing things, ran maybe half of the distance... I was just really enjoying being out there without a coat, wearing ONLY ONE SHIRT, and capri running pants!
On the run I got to thinking about:
- how I'm really not crazy about the phrase "my weight loss journey" - it's so cliche and reminds me of all those "self-help" books that I hate - but there's no other appropriate term.
- when did all this start? I mean, I've been working to lose weight since October 2011 - about 18 months ago - but that's just this time around. Before that, I lost about 30 lbs with WWonline in... I think 2008, and before that, I lost a bunch of weight (can't remember what my starting weight was) in the two years running up to my wedding in 2004.
- what did I get right in each of those attempts? What did I get wrong? why did those attempts ultimately fail, in that I gained all of the weight back (and probably a bit more)?
I think it's time I spent some energy reflecting on these questions and writing about that history. I suppose I knew when I started blogging that I'd get to this eventually, but I avoided it. I didn't want to write some sad-sack BS whiny cliche about how "I've struggled with my weight my whole life... it all started when... " Blah-blah-blah. That is SO not me. HOWEVER, I am a big believer in understanding where I came from to help direct where I'm going, and I know there are great lessons to learn from the successes I had, and even bigger lessons to learn from why I ultimately failed to achieve a lifetime weight loss that I could maintain.
So over the next few days or so, I'm going to do just that. I'm hoping I can find some clues in the process to help me break out of the stubborn plateau I've been on for the past 6 months.