Wow! Where does time go! It has been over a year almost two since I posted on this blog! I really wasn't planning to stop blogging but it happened. Beside being super busy I just ran out of blogging mojo and trying to post interesting enough stuff to take up your precious time. More than that my training had stalled and I was tired of hearing myself drum on and on with my training woes and trying to make things sound better than they really were. Over this unplanned break I have been running consistently and ran my 7th half marathon April 2014. Although I am always grateful to complete the 'bigger' race distances, that race was like so many prior and was a combination of personal disappointment and being limited by physical issues. After that race I promised myself I would not sign up for another race until I lost weight. I was coming to grips with the fact I needed to do whatever it took to loose weight even if it meant I had to stop running, and if you knew me personally you know that type of decision would be almost like cutting off my leg! Yet I couldn't seem to balance higher mileage training with the effort I needed to put into loosing weight. Part of the difficulty is my age but also that my body has adapted to running over the 20+ years I have run.
The first picture in the photo was taken in 2011 after I completed the RnR half in Dallas. I had actually lost about 10 pounds prior to that race. The one in the middle I'm 4-5lbs lighter than the first pic but is where I had been stuck for over 3 very long years!! These years have been a struggle on so many levels. To not see the scale move yet you are trying everything is disheartening! To add to it the weight gain was the result of some heavy trials that God has 'blessed' my life with so the desire to loose the weight had a lot of emotional freedom attached to it. The last picture in the photo was taken in December 2014 prior to a fun 5k my daughter and I ran in Galveston. We stayed at the Hotel Galvez and the entire weekend was a wonderful time with family. That picture is reflective of another 10+lb weight-loss!! I ended up with a terrible chest cold two weeks before that race (probably because my diet was so strict) so I had put back on about 3-4lbs. Total weight loss between picture one and three is roughly 25lbs!! That may not seem like a lot but the fact I'm 5'3, over 50 and was not able to make the scale move for over 3 years, I'm ecstatic!! My runs feels so much better physically and I am able to feel that lightness again both emotionally and physically. I want to loose a little more weigh but feel like I can do that slowly. I'm sticking with my diet and lower mileage for another month or so but hoping to, kind of itching to, get back to half-marathon training. Hopefully this will be one of many post and re-connecting with my blog running friends in 2015!