A little more than two years ago, I registered for a half marathon in Nashville with my best friend. I woke up on a Saturday morning, got dressed in the dark, and drove downtown. I parked my car, got into my corral, and waited for the gun to go off. It did, and as we slowly made it toward the start line, I made a decision: I had to get a handle on my weight.
I completed that half marathon, all 13.1 miles of it. I walked the entire way. The cutoff for the race was 4 hours. I believe I finished somewhere around 3 hours and 40 minutes. My best friend was beside me the entire time. She could have ran the entire thing, but she stayed with me, supporting me.
That day changed my life, because I knew that I was capable. My body was capable, despite the fact that I weighed 234 pounds. When those three numbers flashed up in front of me at the doctor's office just a week before, I was mortified. College had been hard on me, emotionally and physically. I let myself go and I had to take myself back.
I hit the ground running, literally. I downloaded apps on my phone to teach me how to run, I cataloged my food, I went to the gym every single day. The weight started to come off very quickly, because I was focused. By March of 2011, I had lost 30 pounds and was nearing "onederland" - the beautiful place where the first number on the scale is a 1 and not a 2.
Then my dad died and my world fell apart. Going back to the gym terrified me, because working out was an escape for me and I was afraid of falling apart on a treadmill in the middle of the YMCA. It's been over a year and a half and while I've had spurts of energy when it comes to getting back into my routine, nothing has stuck. Fortunately, I haven't gained. Unfortunately, I wasn't to my goal yet. I will reach my goal, and it starts today.
Here's my plan:
Catalog my food intake (and plan for it).
Exercise 4 times a week.
It's really that simple. The problem that I have had is holding myself accountable, which is pretty much why I am telling you that I have a plan, because I'd like for someone to make me stick to it.
So there you have it. Make me stick to it.