I've really been struggling the last month or so. I haven't really gained, but I haven't lost either. This isn't a plateau situation where I'm making all kinds of effort but not seeing any results; this is a I'm not really trying situation.
I haven't stopped running, hiking, or otherwise working out, but I've pretty much been eating whatever I want. Which isn't a huge deal--it's nice to know I can maintain, but I'd really like to maintain 100 pounds less. It's really frustrating.
Anyway, I've been thinking about what I was doing when everything worked, when I was dropping pounds every week, feeling great about life, and all was well. One thing I was doing then was posting a blog a couple of times a week, so here I am. :)
Other things I've done that made me happy and helped me stay on track in the past were tracking food and exercise, staying focused on my goals, and having an immediate (or at least short-term) goal. I know there are other things that help, but these are the ones I have on my mind right now.
One of my big goals was to run the Peachtree Road Race, a 10K in Atlanta. I've registered for this race about 4 times and never followed through, so it was important to me to finally finish something I started. Well, I did it! I ran/walked 6.2 miles in an hour and 24 minutes, which is a time I'm happy with. Remember when I started trying to run again, I had a hard time running for one minute!
This is a selfie I took coming up the biggest hill. Not the best photo I've taken, but one I'm pretty proud of! It was raining like crazy in Atlanta on the July 4th. It made the race interesting, but maybe rain is better than the crazy heat and humidity. I think I'm learning to embrace the heat, hills, and humidity that mean running in North Georgia.
So there's one goal met, and I can keep going. I'm going to find another 5K for August and September if I don't have one already, and I think I'm going to register for the Atlanta 10 Miler in October. It's on my anniversary and I may be out of town, so I'm not totally sure. After that I may try the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving. Whether I make that half marathon or not, I'm definitely going to try and register for the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World next February. That's been my kind of (not-so) secret goal since I started and I really want to do it.
Well, there's my plan. I've got to stay focused and stay on track, so hopefully having this plan written out instead of just in my head will help.