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Doing It Differently

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of my qualities, good or bad, is that I am a deep thinker. I think about a lot of things and lately, I have been thinking about my journey. For most of my journey, I was focused on the number on the scale or compliments from friends and family. These are considered extrinsic motivators. They were much like the junk food I was liking to wean myself off. I would feel good for a moment or two but it never stuck. When I got to my maintenance weight, I realized I still wasn't happy.

I have a second chance at my journey and I decided I want to do it differently this time. I want to feel good about doing healthy things and not do it to see it on the scale. It has to come from within rather what others think of me. I am considering getting rid of the scale but it scares me a bit.

Running is one thing in my life that seems to make me happy from within. It did than and it did today. Today I did a 5K after working on getting my running up to par. I am very excited to share that I feel it is up to par. For me, par is running a 5K and/or 3 miles 3 times a week. I did both today!

Here are a few photos from this morning's Turkey Trot!

Today's goal was to run the entire thing which I did! emoticon The last couple months I have struggled with hip tightened and ankle tendon pain. Today I had none of that which is awesome! I finished in 44:30 which I was fairly happy with. My last few runs on the treadmill were 50:00-54:00. Guess I run outside faster, haha!

I am not sure how many people know this but I keep a scrapbook of all my weight loss photos and races. For the races, they don't always have a picture but each race page has the bib, race, date and location. I had a loose bib in my scrapbook that I had to put in there. Because it has been such a long time, I looked it up the details. It was the last race I did before I gained weight. I was ONLY four minutes faster despite being 40# lighter. This really surprised me. Guess it just proves that weight is really just a number.

I think that is all for today but I hope to blog more often. Now that I have a regular job, I am trying to workout in the morning, eat (track) healthy, essentially lose weight and blog more. The support here really helps me reach my goals. So, hats off to you all! emoticon
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  • MIZPAM25
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    2136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/24/2014 8:14:32 PM
    I love that you're making this work for you. Great Turkey Trott Run!
    2138 days ago
    Being thin (which I am, now) doesn't do it for me as a motivator. So the classic line, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" doesn't work well for me. I need to substitute something that means more to me, such as:

    "Nothing tastes as good as being able to run for 30 minutes feels."

    Insert your own motivating time or distance, and you might have one piece of the maintenance motivation puzzle.
    2138 days ago
    Great JOB!!!

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    2138 days ago
    Dear Savannah:

    Yes, you always seem to be "in your element" running. Awesome that you did it today! LOVE the pictures. Proud of you.

    Hope that the job is going well. Always a learning curve with you start a new job.

    Good job and HUGS!
    2138 days ago
    I generally do better running outside, especially when it is cold. Good job on the race.

    You really do need a deep-seated reason to want to lose weight. The number on the scale just won't do it. Keep thinking about what would really motivate you and focus on that. My mantra is "if I want to be doing (insert activity here) when I am 80, I better be doing it now."
    2138 days ago
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