New Year's Day 2011, Approx 198lbs, don't I look thrilled at getting my picture taken (I was still pretty sick in this picture but I missed out of Christmas due to the radioactive iodine I was not missing out on New Years Too)
It was a downward spiral, then in March I was down in Florida for my husband's grandmother's 100th birthday. I couldn't find anything to wear, and then at the party I hid in the back of the family photos. I realized right then it was time to do something. It was an AMAZING day and all I wanted to do was hide.
I had gained 70 pounds since I met my husband in 2004 and 40+ of them were since my wedding in 2008.I had already gone through my treatment for the my thyroid (again) and was on the mend so now it was all just diet and lifestyle.
I did what I said I would never do, I joined weight watchers on April 4th 2011. I started losing weight but it was slow, as it should be when you are doing it the right way I have now learned. I have always been a yo-yo dieter and even when I was thin I was "Skinny Fat" so this time I wanted to do it differently.
Ok so my very first 5k was 5/22/11. It was the Weight Watchers "Walk-it Challenge". Now other than just over a year of playing Roller Derby for the Long Island Roller Rebels I had not done anything physically challenging since high school. Maybe a stint or two at the gym but it never lasted long.
I planned on just walking but once I got started I figured I would try to run too. I would just run when I could for as long as I could, then walked a bit then ran again. I finished 44:40 and placed 122 out of 834 people. I thought I was just so awesome and that running was not so bad after all. As soon as I got home I registered for a 5k on my birthday 10/23 and set a goal to be able to run the whole 5k by then (Accomplished!!!). I also signed up for a 5k the following weekend. When I got there I almost left, OMG these people were not weight watchers!!! OMG people were just so fit and they were running to get ready to run.....all I could picture was coming in last place. Well I didn't leave I set out with my walk/run/walk/run 5k. It was 2 laps of the park, 3/4 of my way done with my first lap I started getting passed by the fastest runners and before I even got to the end of my first lap I started hearing the cheers for the people finishing....it hurt to have to run past and know I had to do that AGAIN..... I was not last and I took just about a minute off my time....seems small but it was huge for me. I just kept signing up for races, at first it was 1 or 2 a month and by the end of the year it was 1 or 2 a week. I also got some friends to join me so that was fun (except that most people were faster than me and that hurt my ego LOL) I have to just keep reminding myself that the only person I am competing against is ME so as long as I just keep getting better I am winning.
The thing is I hate running. I just love the sense of accomplishment and also how I feel after I am done running. I also know that I am stubborn so the fact that my body is fighting me with these Neuromas makes me want to do it more and if I sign up for a race I will go 99.9% of the time (I missed 1 for a migraine and 1 for horrible weather)
I didn't even skip a 5k on the water in a Nor'easter that hit NY last October. Running in the ice was actually a lot of fun. Even Matthias ran with me that day.
When I saw this picture I realized something else, even thought I had "only" lost 20 pounds I was in better shape that I had ever been in and I needed to keep on running!!!
I completed 30 races (27 5ks, 2 4ks and a mud run) in 2011 and I set a goal to run 52 races in 2012. Well as if today 9/25/12 I have run 54 with many still on the schedule. They are mostly 5ks but these was a couple of 10ks including The Great Cow Harbor Race. The most fun was The Spartan Race and it was the hardest. This past weekend as you know from my last post was Ocean to Sound Relay where I ran 6.5 miles.
Me and my weight are still fighting....I have been stuck in the 160's since MARCH!!!!!! But I keep getting better and my clothes are fitting better so I have to try to stop worrying about the scale but after 38 years that is much easier said than done.